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Bring On The Birds With Native Plants

If you are looking to attract a wide variety of birds to your yard, one of the best ways is to fill your landscape with native plants

Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out

Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.

Volunteer

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

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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.

Biking

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.

Boating

The Forest Preserve offers fishing boat launches and rowboat rentals at select preserves. Fishing boat launches provide trailer parking, and there is no launch fee.

Camping

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.

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.

Route 30 Bikeway

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

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.

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.

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

The 275-acre Wauponsee Glacial Trail was acquired between 2004 and 2016.

Centennial Trail

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

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

Lake Renwick Bikeway

The Lake Renwick Bikeway is a flat, paved linear and loop trail and travels 3.35 miles through wetland and around Budde Lake.

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.

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery

The Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center offers seasonal bird viewing opportunities for the public.

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

Vermont Cemetery Preserve

The 37-acre Vermont Cemetery Preserve was acquired between 1998 and 2012. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Veterans Woods – Roy F. Hassert Grove

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.

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.

Whalon Lake

The 249-acre Whalon Lake was acquired between 1992 and 2007. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

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