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Kick-start your winter workouts

Don't let winter keep you indoors; Forest Preserve trails are open year-round.

Army Corps bids multimillion-dollar project to benefit Lockport Prairie

The nature preserve features a rare dolomite prairie habitat that supports threatened and endangered species.

Search for regal raptors at Forest Preserve’s ‘Eagle Watch on the River’ program

The program will run for two weekends, Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

This Winter, Don't Hibernate – Recreate!

The Forest Preserve offers a wide variety of winter activities including sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

234-Year-Old Map Donated to Isle a la Cache Museum

This 1783 map depicts the region where the French fur trade took place.

Forest Preserve Receives PetSafe Grant

A $10,000 PetSafe grant will be used for improvements to the Hammel Woods Dog Park.

From Stone to Water: Quarrying in Will County

Over decades, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has acquired a number of properties that include these manmade lakes.

The Sandhill Crane Experience

This is a spectacle right out of a television wildlife special, except it is not in some far-off, exotic location, but right here in the Midwest.

Girl Scouts plant oaks at Hickory Creek Barrens

The oaks were among 350 donated to The Conservation Foundation.

Prescribed burning season approaches

Prescribed burning is a way of mimicking the fires that used to occur naturally through lightning strikes or were set by Native Americans and early settlers.

Before There Was Us

Four properties owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District contain gravesites dating back to the 1800s.

Raccoon has no time for a manhole cover inspection

Don't you just hate it when visitors drop by unannounced and open your front door?

Moments of Zen

Life can be hectic and we all could benefit from taking a few steps back from the frantic pace of the daily grind just to enjoy the finer things nature has to offer. And really, there's no better time to do it than on National Relaxation Day.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bill and Jackie Kibler

The Forest Preserve is incredibly fortunate to have volunteers like Bill and Jackie Kibler.

Our Top Smartphone Photos

The secret to capturing stunning shots is right in your pocket.

Pelicans Flock to Preserves

One of nature’s largest avian specimens will soon be making a pit stop in Will County prior to migrating south for the winter.

Forest Foundation Adopts New Name

Friends of the Forest Preserve has changed its name to The Nature Foundation of Will County.

Watch: Determined Hummingbird Tries Feeding Off Orange Hat

Give this bird an A for effort, even if it came up empty.

Audubon Resource Helps Gardeners Attract Birds

The online database helps you make your yard an avian oasis.

Sometimes, Nature Stinks — Especially in the Fall

You can thank the neighborhood skunk, along with the time of year, for that unmistakable stench.

There's More to Fall Than You Might Think

Look around, and you'll see many signs of changing seasons.

Police 'pawsitively surprised' when trash bandit turns itself in — on moving vehicle

Police officers deal with all sorts of situations on a daily basis, but this one may go down as the strangest — and cutest — of all time.

Nine Most Instagrammable Spots in the Preserves

All it takes is a few minutes in the District's preserves to realize there are some stunning sights and sounds to take in.

Study Shows Glass Buildings Cause Blind Spot for Bats

Smooth vertical surfaces can wreak havoc on bats' ability to process sound waves, causing them to crash head-on into buildings.

Amazing Find: Two Rare Reptiles Spotted in One Preserve on Same Day

Every now and then, District staff gets lucky when out in the field and comes upon some special creatures, and such was the case earlier this week.

Halloween Special: Six Creepy, Cool and Freaky Fungi

Halloween is right around the corner, but if you're looking for some nature-inspired horror shows at different times of year, all you have to do is look down while walking the trails.

Monster Earthworm Surfaces After Massive Rains

This is an earthworm that you've likely never seen before.

Gear up for fun, food and festivities in 2018

The Forest Preserve's lineup is chock-full of art, nature and history themed events.

2018 dog park permits go on sale November 1

Dog park permits for 2018 can be purchased in person, by mail or – for the first time – online.

I&M Canal Trail in Lockport reopens after soil remediation work

A portion of the I&M Canal Trail in Lockport that closed in November has reopened.

IDNR Goes Fishing for Information

When Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Rob Miller searches for fish, he doesn’t bring a fishing pole.

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.

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.

Mushroom Mania at Raccoon Grove

These natural wonders are a great way to celebrate the small details in the forest.

Forest Preserve Prepares for Winter

Preserve water fountains and hand pumps are being turned off. Boat launches will close November 1.

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