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Coronavirus-Related Compensation Approved for Dog Park Permit Holders

The dog park permit discount will be 25 percent and it will be applied to the purchase of 2021 passes when they go on sale November 1.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pelicans?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Work Set to Resume on Black Road Corridor Trail Connections

One pedestrian bridge was installed recently over the DuPage River and another span is coming for Interstate 55 as work continues on a project along Black Road that will link the DuPage River Trail in Hammel Woods with the Rock Run Greenway Trail in Rock Run Preserve.

Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access

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.

Things We Love: Those Gangling Great Blue Herons

Birds in Will County come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but it doesn't get any better than spotting a great blue heron gliding over a preserve or patiently stalking its prey on the ground.

Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy 'sky dances' and a weird walk to help them find food.

Here We Go Again: Another Bird Killed by Fishing Line in the Preserves

It's becoming an all too common occurrence that shouldn't happen at all in the preserves or elsewhere, seeing dead birds hanging from trees after getting tangled up in fishing line.

Lake Renwick Preserve

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center is located on Renwick Road, east of Route 30, in Plainfield.

Creature Feature: The Mighty Muskrat

If you've ever caught a glimpse of a muskrat, it was probably near water. These rodents spend most of their time in and around water, feasting on aquatic plants and animals.

Hickory Creek Bikeway

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

Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve

The 213-acre Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve was acquired between 1937 and 1992. The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

Monee Reservoir

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities

Myth Buster: Snakes Are Not Slimy

Another myth busted: Snakes are not slimy at all.

Isle a la Cache Improvements Underway

Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences.

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.

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.

The Weekly Five

Stay up-to-date on the happenings in Will County's forest preserves by subscribing to our digital newsletter, The Citizen!


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.


Throughout Will County, the Forest Preserve District has provided paved and limestone screened trails that are ideal for biking. Whether you are seeking a leisurely ride or a serious workout, a trail is available and it is likely close to home.


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.

Dog Exercising

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has six dog parks throughout the county. All parks provide fenced areas that allow dogs to run and play without a leash.

Plum Creek Nature Center

The Plum Creek Nature Center offers visitors a place to explore the natural world, with hands-on exhibits and interactive play elements.

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.

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