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‘Frida Kahlo’s Garden’ Exhibition Runs Through March 16

An exhibition that explores the relationship between nature and artist Frida Kahlo, one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, runs through March 16 at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

Forest Preserve District Unveils 2019 Lineup of Special Events

Mark your calendar now for an exciting lineup of special Forest Preserve events coming in 2019.

Q&A with 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' Curator

A Q&A with Frida Kahlo expert Adriana Zavala explores the artist's ties to home, garden and her native country of Mexico.

Spice Up Your Surroundings with Succulents

Bring a bit of 'Frida Kahlo's Garden' to your home landscape by adding hardy succulents to the mix.

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.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology.

Food Truck Friday at Hammel Woods

6/7/2019: Grab some grub at Hammel Woods in Shorewood.

Plum Valley Preserve Access Area and Dog Park is Now Open

Plum Valley Preserve access area and dog park also features a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 people.

Nature Exploration Kits Provide A 'Bit of Fun In A Box'

Free resource loan kits are available for nature education and exploration on 11 different topics.


The forest preserves provide hikers and runners with beautiful trails throughout the county, making them convenient no matter where you live.

Blooming Bluebells

This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans

Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale

5/18/2019: More than 150 species of perennials, shrubs, and trees grown by the nursery will be available for purchase.

Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The 224-acre Rock Run Rookery Preserve was acquired between 2002 and 2011. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Volunteer Workday: McKinley Woods-Kerry Sheridan Grove

6/9/19: Contribute to your community, support your local environment, meet fellow nature-lovers, and get some fresh air and exercise.

Woodcock Walk for Adults

3/2719: The program will begin with a quick inside introduction to the American Woodcock. Then, we will venture out to look and listen for this elusive bird.

Spring-Themed Art Show Runs Through March 31 at Plum Creek

View more than 50 pieces of art, both 2D and 3D, and then vote for your favorite during the 'Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens Juried Art Competition.'

Follow the Fox

04/07/19: Be the fox, following your daily routine along Thorn Creek’s trails!

It's a Bald Eagle Bonanza at Rock Run Rookery

While Starved Rock State Park in Utica is often a go-to spot for those fascinated by America's bird, Rock Run Rookery Preserve has been providing more than a suitable alternative closer to home.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is located at 25055 W. Walnut Lane, off of Blackberry Lane south of Bridge Street, in Channahon.

Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

5/4/2019: The only way to view these amazing birds during this time is to attend these special viewing programs.

Forest Preserve, City of Joliet Collaborate on Rock Run Greenway Trail Extension

The Forest Preserve and the City of Joliet have entered into an agreement that will improve the Rock Run Greenway Trail along Houbolt/Hollywood Road.

Arts & Nature on the River

6/15/2019: This event combines the beauty of nature with a sampling of the creative arts it inspires.

Fishing for Trash

4/23/2019: Visit Monee Reservoir and help keep our preserve free of trash.

Fitness in the Forest

5/2/2019: Help shed the extra winter weight with this outdoor fitness class.

Groundbreaking Signals Next Phase of Normantown Trail Project

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will extend Normantown Trail 0.85-mile from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield

DuPage River Trail segment linking Will and DuPage counties is now open

A new bicounty DuPage River Trail link provides a safer connection between Whalon Lake and Greene Valley Forest Preserve.

River Shoreline Cleanup

4/27/19: Celebrate Earth Day at a cleanup event along the banks of the Rock Run Rookery.

Top 10 Trail Trips to Try

There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.

Foundation Donation Supports Forest Preserve Nature and Arts Programming

A donation from The Nature Foundation of Will County will support Forest Preserve nature education and arts programming in 2019.

Morning Bird Hike at Plum Creek Nature Center

4/6/2019: Spring migration is the best time to see the widest variety of birds around Plum Creek Nature Center.

Nature Curiosity: How Do Deer Stay Warm in Winter?

Deer can't escape the cold during a long, harsh winter, so how do they survive? They rely on a combination of adaptations and behavioral changes to make it through the cold winter months.

Hammel Woods

Hammel Woods has two shelters available, located at the Crumby Recreation Area and Route 59 Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.


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

Be A Citizen Scientist in the Great Backyard Bird Count

If you have 15 minutes to spare this weekend, you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a global citizen-science project to create a snapshot of bird populations.

Wednesday Morning Walkers

5/1/2019: Follow the forest’s seasonal changes and enjoy light exercise.

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