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'Woods Walk' Hiking Challenge In Full Swing

As fall approaches, so too does the Forest Preserve District's popular 'Woods Walk' program, which runs from September 1-November 30.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

As off-leash play areas for canines become more popular, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of a successful trip to a dog park.

Discounted Dog Park Permits Now On Sale

On July 1, dog park permits for the remainder of 2019 dropped to half price.

Canoeing/Kayaking

The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.

Hikin’ With Your Hound

10/19/2019: Meet new friends and other dog owners as we explore the landscape.

Picnicking

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.

McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Use this upload tool to enter the annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

Dog Exercising

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has six dog parks throughout the county. All parks provide fenced areas that allow dogs to run and play without a leash.

For Barb Ferry, Raising Monarchs Is More Than a Hobby

Barb Ferry has been raising monarch butterflies at home and releasing them into the wild, with the ultimate goals of helping sustain their population and educating the public of their importance.

Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access

The Turtle Lake access is one of three at the the 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve, which was acquired between 1989 and 2010.

What Better Day To Take A Walk Than National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day, and you can use the occasion to begin reaping the many health benefits of regular walks or other physical activity.

Sugar Creek Preserve

The 317-acre Sugar Creek Preserve was acquired between 1972 and 2011. The preserve is part of the Sugar Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 320 acres.

Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve

The 997-acre Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Thorn Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,600 acres.

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

The 441-acre Messenger Woods Nature Preserve was acquired between 1930 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Lake Chaminwood Preserve

The 120-acre Lake Chaminwood Preserve was acquired between 2000 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Order a 2020 Canine Calendar Today to Benefit Homeless Pets in Will County

Order your 2020 canine calendars today to benefit the Will County Humane Society.

Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Whalon Lake

The 249-acre Whalon Lake was acquired between 1992 and 2007. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Messenger Marsh

The 620-acre Messenger Marsh was acquired between 1989 and 2000. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Runyon Preserve

The 21-acre Runyon Preserve was acquired between 1934 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Fiddyment Creek preservation system, which conserves nearly 300 acres.

Creature Feature: The Predatory Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.

Woods Walk Travel Log

Woods Walk is back, and you can use this form to log your walks and receive a hiking medal.

Playground

The Forest Preserve offers playgrounds at two preserves: Hickory Creek Junction in Mokena and Theodore Marsh in Crest Hill.

Laughton Preserve

The 430-acre Laughton Preserve was acquired between 1931 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Therapy Dog Permit Fund Established with Sheet Metal Workers' Donation

Will County State's Attorney's Office therapy dogs are the first to get free dog park permits from a fund established by a Sheet Metal Workers' donation.

Heron's Hunt Wins May Photo Contest

This blue heron's successful hunt of a northern water snake was captured by Eileen Capodice of Minooka.

Woods Walk

10/1/2019: Get out and get moving! It’s the return of 'Woods Walk'!

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

The 891-acre Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve was acquired between 1938 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres

Five Fascinating Facts About the Monarch Super Generation

The monarchs you see at this time of the year are truly special, part of a 'super generation' different than the previous three generations.

Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

In the past four years alone, Greg Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.

Plum Creek Nature Center

The Plum Creek Nature Center offers visitors a place to explore the natural world, with hands-on exhibits and interactive play elements.

Forest Preserve's Digital Marketing Efforts Earn National Award

An enhanced digital marketing effort has earned the Forest Preserve a national award – and tens of thousands of followers.

Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

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