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McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

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

5 Ways Nature Can Keep You Healthy

A growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof of the many benefits of nature.

The Rescues Living at Plum Creek

How did all these interesting creatures find their way to the nature center? It’s an interesting story, said Bob Bryerton, an interpretive naturalist at the site.

Squirrel invades home, and complete pandemonium breaks out

Squirrels belong outside, and this video proves that.

Bird Incredibly Hitches Ride Through Chicago's Loop

What's more amazing: The fact that this bird hitched a ride or that the driver seemed to be traveling at a decent clip in Chicago's Loop?

Great Blue: The Granddaddy of Herons

Called 'great blue' because of its unique size and blue-gray feathers, the great blue heron is also one of the most highly adaptable creatures of its species.

2018 Picnic and Camping Permits go on Sale January 2

2018 picnic and camping permits go on sale January 2 at four Forest Preserve visitor centers.

Cardinal Rules: Snow Bird Tops December Photo Contest

A snowcapped cardinal was the top photo in December's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Forest Preserve no longer accepts Christmas trees for recycling

The Forest Preserve no longer accepts Christmas trees for recycling, but there are eco-friendly backyard options you can try.

Unsavory Squirrel Steals Cookie, Attacks Police Officer

In the end, the law won the squirrel battle.

Vote for Your Favorite 2017 Preserve the Moment Photo

Vote online for your favorite 2017 Preserve the Moment photo contest finalists.

Five Fascinating Facts About Coyotes

Coyotes are incredibly smart and adaptable. But how much do you really know about these generally reclusive animals that are afraid of humans?

Quiz: Are You a Bald Eagle Expert?

Test your knowledge to see how much you really know about these amazing birds.

Adorable trash panda invades Toronto airport to delight of travelers

It was one of the cutest airport security breaches you'll ever see.

Steeling Joliet's Past

The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.

Vermont Cemetery: From Human History to Natural History

The 37-acre preserve contains a one-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is the final resting place of the early settlers of Wheatland Township.

Hammel Woods: A Miller's Tale

Tucked away at the southern tip of Hammel Woods, near the small dam across the DuPage River, is Grinton Grove, the site that William Grinton built a flour mill in 1845. The small settlement that arose around it was the origin of today’s Village of Shorewood.

Animals Drinking Water is the Best Thing on the Internet This Week

A GoPro, a bucket of water and a parade of thirsty animals in the Texas desert is truly mesmerizing.

D.C. Duck Ramp Proves Sometimes Nature Just Needs a Boost

They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.

Our Favorite Nature Photos from 2017

From wet raccoons to colorful flowers and a pod of pelicans, there was plenty to see and photograph in the preserves.

You Won't Be Able to Stop Watching These Bees Mating

Animals don't think of mating as an act of intimacy like humans do, but one photographer has incredibly captured the most intimate video of bees mating that you'll ever see.

Remembering Snake Ambassador Bud

Plum Creek Nature Center staff say goodbye to Bud the ball python snake.

8 Adorable Videos of Chipmunks Eating

Simply put, chipmunks can be pigs.

From Tracks to Trails

The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails

Forest Preserve Board Approves 2018 Budget

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

Deer Just Can't Let Go of Halloween

Deer can often seem smart thanks to their senses of sight, smell and hearing, but that isn't always enough to keep them out of some seriously ridiculous situations.

Help Name Our Newest Nature Center Addition

Plum Creek Nature Center has a new addition to its animal menagerie, and we need your help in giving this beautiful lady a name!

Time to Talk Turkey

Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.

Don Sala photography exhibit opens January 2 at Plum Creek Nature Center

The exhibit will feature 16 photos taken in eastern Will County by Don Sala, who has been a photographer for almost 50 years. Photos will be available for sale.

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