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What You Need to Know About Close Encounters with Coyotes

Learn some basic tips about how you should react if you come across one in a preserve.

‘Woods Walk’ Exploration Program is in Full Swing

'Woods Walk' returns September 1 and features 10 trails to explore at your own pace this fall.

For National Bison Day, Five Fun Facts That Might Surprise You

What you don’t know about these scraggly-bearded giants might actually surprise you.

Wauponsee Glacial Trail

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

Enter Your Photos for August's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Will you be the one to snap the next award-winning shot in our incredibly popular photo contest?

Riverview Farmstead Preserve

The 375-acre Riverview Farmstead Preserve was acquired between 1994 and 2012. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Use this upload tool to enter the annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

Hammel Woods – DuPage River 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.

Stories from the Old Sauk Trail: An Afternoon with Friends of Thorn Creek Woods

10/27/18: Local historian Larry McClellan has stories to tell about this now-busy thoroughfare on the northern edge of Thorn Creek Woods.

Volunteers Sought for Upcoming Workdays

Join the Forest Preserve's volunteer effort by pitching in during fall and winter workdays.

Fishing

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

Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve

The 315-acre Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve was acquired between 1980 and 1997. The preserve is part of the Kankakee Sands preservation system, which conserves more than 1,200 acres.

Seeing These Monarchs at Midewin is a 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Experience

Right now, we're at the peak stretch of monarch migration, and that's on full display along the Iron Bridge Trailhead.

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.

Hoof it to Sugar Creek for Bison Crawl Activities

Celebrate National Bison Day on November 3 with hikes, bison chip throwing contests and more.

McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Beginning Birding for Kids

01/13/19: Learn key shapes, markings, habits and songs for our most common local birds, utilizing crafts, activities, sounds and hikes during this five-session program.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Play area for small dogs opens at Hammel Woods

A 2.3-acre small-dog enclosure is now open for dogs 35 pounds and less at Hammel Woods in Shorewood.

Sugar Creek Preserve

The 317-acre Sugar Creek Preserve was acquired between 1972 and 2011. The preserve is part of the Sugar Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 320 acres.

Forest Preserve Board Approves 2018 Budget

Forest Preserve's 2018 balanced budget includes shelter and trail improvements.

Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

Forest Preserve improvement projects rolling along

A wide variety of work will begin or be completed this year leading to new trail segments, picnic shelters, benches and more.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

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

Fat Raccoon Tries to Climb Through Sewer Grate, and It Ended Exactly How You Thought It Would

Raccoons may be smart enough to solve an ancient Greek fable, but one chunky trash bandit wasn't smart enough to see there was no way it would fit through a sewer grate.

Preserve the Moment

Read the full rules of the annual photo contest before submitting photos.

This Interactive Map Will Help Guide You to Fall Colors

If you're looking forward to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.

Forest Preserve Police Urge Visitors to Take Precautions to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins

Lock your car and hide valuables – or leave them at home – before you arrive at a parking lot to ward off this crime.

McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Midewin to Offer Bison Tours Starting in May

This spring and summer, volunteer rangers will be leading guided hikes in search of the national mammal.

Spring Breeding Season Reminder: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is issuing a warning to would-be do-gooders.

Celebrate Autumn with Five Free Fall Programs

Hike, learn about animals and nature, hear spooky stories and enjoy all that autumn has to offer.

Wolf Creek Preserve

The 17-acre Wolf Creek Preserve was acquired between 2004 and 2015. The preserve comprises the Wolf Creek preservation system.

Hadley Valley – Bruce Road Access

The 726-acre Hadley Valley was acquired between 2000 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Submit Your Photos for October's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

Enter your best shots before the monthly submission cutoff for our incredibly popular photo contest.

Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer

In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.

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