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What You Need to Know About Close Encounters with Coyotes

Learn some basic tips about how you should react if you come across one in a preserve.

‘Woods Walk’ Exploration Program is in Full Swing

'Woods Walk' returns September 1 and features 10 trails to explore at your own pace this fall.

Enter Your Photos for August's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Will you be the one to snap the next award-winning shot in our incredibly popular photo contest?

For National Bison Day, Five Fun Facts That Might Surprise You

What you don’t know about these scraggly-bearded giants might actually surprise you.

Volunteers Sought for Upcoming Workdays

Join the Forest Preserve's volunteer effort by pitching in during fall and winter workdays.

Play area for small dogs opens at Hammel Woods

A 2.3-acre small-dog enclosure is now open for dogs 35 pounds and less at Hammel Woods in Shorewood.

Seeing These Monarchs at Midewin is a 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Experience

Right now, we're at the peak stretch of monarch migration, and that's on full display along the Iron Bridge Trailhead.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Forest Preserve Board Approves 2018 Budget

Forest Preserve's 2018 balanced budget includes shelter and trail improvements.

Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

Forest Preserve improvement projects rolling along

A wide variety of work will begin or be completed this year leading to new trail segments, picnic shelters, benches and more.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

The Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment photo contest runs through December 31.

Fat Raccoon Tries to Climb Through Sewer Grate, and It Ended Exactly How You Thought It Would

Raccoons may be smart enough to solve an ancient Greek fable, but one chunky trash bandit wasn't smart enough to see there was no way it would fit through a sewer grate.

Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

Midewin to Offer Bison Tours Starting in May

This spring and summer, volunteer rangers will be leading guided hikes in search of the national mammal.

Celebrate Autumn with Five Free Fall Programs

Hike, learn about animals and nature, hear spooky stories and enjoy all that autumn has to offer.

Submit Your Photos for October's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots before the monthly submission cutoff for our incredibly popular photo contest.

Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer

In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.

Quiz: Are You a Bald Eagle Expert?

Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.

Nutty Facts You Probably Don't Know About Squirrels

On #SquirrelAppreciationDay, let's give these little critters some love

Don't Miss the Deadline for September's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots now to meet the Preserve the Moment September 30 submission cutoff.

Heads Up 'Woods Walk' Participants: Goodenow Road Detour in Place

Construction wast of Route 1/394 means those visiting Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve for the "Woods Walk" program will need to follow detour signs.

Service and schedule changes coming to Monee Reservoir

Dog park permits and camping permits will no longer be available from this site, and picnic permits for only Monee Reservoir's shelters and grove will be issued at the visitor center, which will close earlier this winter on December 1.

Monee Reservoir: A Staycation Haven

Fish, hike, boat and more at Monee Reservoir, a perfect spot for a summer staycation.

Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A section of the Whalon Lake loop trail that was closed since September has reopened now that a water diversion channel project has been completed.

Hoof it to Sugar Creek for Bison Crawl Activities

Celebrate National Bison Day on November 3 with hikes, bison chip throwing contests and more.

This Carnivorous Plant has an Appetite for Bugs

Animal-eating plants seem like an idea ripped from a Hollywood movie script – 'Little Shop of Horrors,' anyone? – but carnivorous plants do exist, even right here in Will County.

Wolf Spiders: Often Accused, Rarely Guilty

Many people label any big, hairy dark-colored spider as a wolf spider, and while wolf spiders can be big and dark and hairy, they certainly aren’t the only arachnid to fit this description.

Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

Where is your Forest Preserve 'Happy Place?' For Denise Steffen, it's a spot along the Hickory Creek Bikeway.

This Big Fungus Find Comes in Very Small Package

Fungi can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and while the big ones across the forest floor can be amazing to see, it's the teenie-tiny ones that can truly take your breath away.

Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

Police Entrance Closed During Improvement Work

Improvements being made to the Forest Preserve police department's entrance will temporarily re-route visitors.

Heartwarming 'Hug' Embraces Top Honors for September Photo Contest

Channahon woman's photo of a mom and baby squirrel embracing at McKinley Woods is the fifth finalist in the eight-month-long Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years, and one of the roles she plays is to match up potential volunteers with work that fits their interests.

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