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Mink with an itch wins June's portion of photo contest

A photo of a mink taken by Lemont resident Mike Daley is June's finalist in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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

Between wildlife and wildflowers, we're in a sweet spot for getting stellar photos to enter in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

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

Gear up for fun, food and festivities in 2018

The Forest Preserve's lineup is chock-full of art, nature and history themed events.

Two birds in the bush win May's portion of photo contest

An action shot of cedar waxwings won May's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Pollinators, Art and Outdoor Activities Featured at Hummingbird Fest

View hummingbird banding and nature-inspired art at this year's Hummingbird Fest.

Join the 'Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge'

The challenge runs through August 17, and birders are encouraged to have a 'big day' of bird spotting for a chance to win a pair of binoculars.

The Story of Eastern Phoebes, a Suspect Raccoon and a Rebirth

Every day in the preserves, natural selection and the cycle of life are carrying on and, oftentimes, people see it firsthand.

Put some sizzle in your summer with August's ‘Food Truck Fridays’ lineup

Make a plan to partake in some food truck fare before the leaves start to fall.

Prepare Your Taste Buds for ‘Food Truck Fridays’

You know summer is just around the corner when the 'Food Truck Fridays' program gets rolling in June.

For Joan Fasanella, Volunteering Sparked New Career Path

Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.

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

There's never been a better time to hit the trails, snap some stunning photographs and then enter them in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Quiz: Check Your Monarch Butterfly I.Q.

Show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.

Plum Valley Preserve access, dog park closer to completion

A change order approved June 14 by the Forest Preserve's Board will pave the way for work at the preserve to be completed by late July or early August.

Discounted dog park permits now on sale

Discounted half-year dog park permits went on sale July 1 and will be available through October 31.

Our Top Instagram Photos of 2017

From landscapes, flowers and incredible wildlife shots, there was plenty to love.

234-Year-Old Map Donated to Isle a la Cache Museum

This 1783 map depicts the region where the French fur trade took place.

From Stone to Water: Quarrying in Will County

Over decades, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has acquired a number of properties that include these manmade lakes.

The Sandhill Crane Experience

This is a spectacle right out of a television wildlife special, except it is not in some far-off, exotic location, but right here in the Midwest.

Before There Was Us

Four properties owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District contain gravesites dating back to the 1800s.

Moments of Zen

Life can be hectic and we all could benefit from taking a few steps back from the frantic pace of the daily grind just to enjoy the finer things nature has to offer. And really, there's no better time to do it than on National Relaxation Day.

Our Top Smartphone Photos

The secret to capturing stunning shots is right in your pocket.

Pelicans Flock to Preserves

One of nature’s largest avian specimens will soon be making a pit stop in Will County prior to migrating south for the winter.

Top 10 Trail Trips to Try

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

Hummingbirds Have Made it to Northern Illinois

After a long migratory path, hummingbirds have finally arrived in Northern Illinois.

Watch: Determined Hummingbird Tries Feeding Off Orange Hat

Give this bird an A for effort, even if it came up empty.

There's More to Fall Than You Might Think

Look around, and you'll see many signs of changing seasons.

Nine Most Instagrammable Spots in the Preserves

All it takes is a few minutes in the District's preserves to realize there are some stunning sights and sounds to take in.

Police 'pawsitively surprised' when trash bandit turns itself in — on moving vehicle

Police officers deal with all sorts of situations on a daily basis, but this one may go down as the strangest — and cutest — of all time.

Study Shows Glass Buildings Cause Blind Spot for Bats

Smooth vertical surfaces can wreak havoc on bats' ability to process sound waves, causing them to crash head-on into buildings.

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.

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.

Halloween Special: Six Creepy, Cool and Freaky Fungi

Halloween is right around the corner, but if you're looking for some nature-inspired horror shows at different times of year, all you have to do is look down while walking the trails.

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