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Lake Renwick Preserve – Heron Rookery

The 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Lily Cache Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,000 acres.

McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.

Your Guide to Spring Snake Spotting

As temperatures increase, so can sightings of these reptiles out in the preserves

Creature Feature: The Agile Gray Squirrel

Do you know what kind of squirrel is taking up residence in your yard? Learn more about eastern gray squirrels and how to differentiate them from other squirrels that live in Illinois.

McKinley Woods

McKinley Woods has two shelters available at Frederick's Grove and Kerry Sheridan Grove, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

Meet The Silliest Dogs In Our 2020 Calendar

The owners of some of the very photogenic pooches have some incredibly funny stories to tell.

Beyond the Rules: A Guide to Dog Park Etiquette

As off-leash play areas for canines become more popular, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of a successful trip to a dog park.

Vincennes Trail

The 6-acre Vincennes Trail was acquired in 2005. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.

The Backyard Birds of Will County

You've probably seen many of these feathered friends, but how much do you know about them?

It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You

We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.


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


The Forest Preserve District of Will County is a government organization in Illinois focusing on land preservation and restoration, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.

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.

Rock Run Preserve – Paul V. Nichols Access

The 320-acre Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.


One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to pop a tent right in the middle of it! The Forest Preserve offers camping at five locations within Will County. Check out our primitive campsites and book your reservation today. A permit is required for use of all campsites.

Cross-Country Skiing

After a snowfall, the Forest Preserve's trails are not cleared so they become ideal for cross-country skiing.

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.

Route 30 Bikeway

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

Spring Creek Greenway Trail

The Spring Creek Greenway Trail consists of two segments totaling 8.45 miles within Hadley Valley and Messenger Marsh.

Tall Grass Greenway Trail

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

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.

Lake Chaminwood Preserve

The 120-acre Lake Chaminwood Preserve was acquired between 2000 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Centennial Trail

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

Hickory Creek Bikeway

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

Joliet Junction Trail

The 60-acre Joliet Junction Trail was acquired between 2000 and 2002. Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, it was an abandoned railroad

Old Plank Road Trail

The 135-acre Old Plank Road Trail was acquired between 1992 and 2006.

Rock Run Greenway Trail

The Rock Run Greenway Trail travels 11.24 miles from Crest Hill south through Joliet.

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