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Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access

The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Theodore Marsh

The 288-acre Theodore Marsh was acquired between 1994 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acre

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.

Sugar Creek Administration Center

Sugar Creek Administration Center serves as the main office for the District. The administration center is a model of green architecture and has gained recognition from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), a national standard for sustainable buildings.

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve

The 320-acre Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve was acquired in 2011 and 2015. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.

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.

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.

Colvin Grove Preserve

The 175-acre Colvin Grove Preserve was acquired between 1991 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

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.

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.

Lambs Woods

The 75-acre Lambs Woods was acquired in 1971. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Evans-Judge Preserve

The 182-acre Evans-Judge Preserve was acquired between 2002 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Kankakee River preservation system, which conserves approximately 340 acres.

Riverview Farmstead Preserve

Riverview Farmstead Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

Route 30 Bikeway

The Route 30 Bikeway travels 7.56 miles from Walona Avenue in New Lenox through Mokena to 78th Avenue in Frankfort.

Land Management

The purpose of the Forest Preserve District's Land Management Program is to preserve the diversity of native flora and fauna through the protection, maintenance, restoration, or reconstruction of native ecosystem types.

Hammel Woods – Crumby Recreation Area

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.

Morning Bird Hike

10/13/2018: This program at Plum Creek Nature Center is for birders of all backgrounds, from beginners to experts.

Monee Reservoir

Monee Reservoir has three shelters available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

From Buckthorn to Beauty

Recent restoration efforts at Lockport Prairie East salvaged the land and the work has been rewarded with a Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Ecological Restoration Accreditation,

Tall Grass Greenway Trail

The Tall Grass Greenway Trail travels 4.04 miles from Vermont Cemetery Preserve east to Naperville-Plainfield Road in Naperville.

Kayak the Canal (Advanced)

9/22/18: Join us on a paddling adventure as we investigate this once crucial waterway.

Hickory Creek Bikeway

The Hickory Creek Bikeway consists of two segments within Hickory Creek Preserve, totaling 5.93 miles.

Sugar Creek Administration Center

With a capacity of 60 guests, the Sugar Creek Administration Center's meeting room offers a "green" experience with a view of the Center's native landscaping, including restored prairie. Tables and chairs are provided.

Migratory Bird Hike

11/03/18: Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

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.

In-School Programs

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Migratory Bird Hike

10/27/18: Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.

Hickory Creek Barrens

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

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.

Volunteer

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

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