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Lend a Helping Hand at Upcoming Special Events

The Forest Preserve is seeking assistance from enthusiastic and motivated individuals to fill several volunteer positions for these exciting days of free, family fun.

Isle a la Cache

The 101-acre Isle a la Cache was acquired between 1982 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Here's the List of Wildflowers Blooming Right Now in the Preserves

There's a colorful explosion taking place across the county, so here's your guide to what is blooming where.

Blooming Bluebells

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

Lower Rock Run Preserve

Lower Rock Run Preserve has one shelter available at the I&M Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.


Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.

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


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


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

Red, White and Blue Wildflowers in the Preserves

These native gems are about as American as they get

Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

5/26/2018: The only way to view these amazing birds during this time is to attend these special viewing programs.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

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

Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Illinois

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

Stop What You're Doing and Watch These Jaw-Dropping Slow-Motion Lightning Strikes

Seeing the full force of nature in super slow motion truly is a sight to behold.

Teale Woods Preserve

The 14-acre Teale Woods Preserve was acquired in 1994. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

DuPage River Trail

The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.

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.

Veterans Woods – Traders Corner

The 77-acre Veterans Woods was acquired in 1966. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

As the weather begins to turn for the better and more people take to the preserves to fish, we have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of your fishing line.

2018 Picnic and Camping Permits go on Sale January 2

2018 picnic and camping permits go on sale January 2 at four Forest Preserve visitor centers.

Veterans Memorial Trail

Veterans Memorial Trail begins at 135th Street in Romeoville where it overlaps Centennial Trail and travels north 3.26 miles to Interstate 355.

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.

Take Me Fishing Promotion

6/16/2018: This is the perfect opportunity to grab the family for some quality time out on the water at Monee Reservoir.

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.

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center is located at 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, in Monee.

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

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

Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail travels 3.26 miles from Schneider's Passage northeast through Romeoville to the Cook County line.

Monee Reservoir

The 248-acre Monee Reservoir was acquired between 1982 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

Bird the Preserves During ‘Big Day’ Bird-Watching Challenge

Bird-watchers can participate in the Forest Preserve District new 'Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge' from April 3-August 17.

Forest Preserve Offers Year-Round Camping

Five campgrounds are located near rivers, trails, woodlands and shopping.


The very special members of our community who share their time with us are known as Prairie People Volunteers.

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