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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.

What You Need to Know About 'Zombie Dogs'

So far there appear to be no reports of sick coyotes in Will County. But it’s good to be aware of what is happening in case the contagious disease spreads to coyotes in the region.

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.

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.

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.

McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

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

Chevron donates $1,000 to Forest Preserve District

Chevron Environmental Management Co. in Lockport recently donated money to the Forest Preserve District that will be used to plant trees.

Anti-Parasite Drug Could Turn Humans Into Mosquito-Killing Machines

New research shows scientists may be able to transform human blood into deadly poison for mosquitoes.

5 Ways Nature Can Keep You Healthy

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

Squirrel invades home, and complete pandemonium breaks out

Squirrels belong outside, and this video proves that.

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.

What You Need to Know About Prescribed Burns

Many species are dependent on fire to maintain the habitat in which they live.

Shorewood HUGS donates to Forest Preserve District for K-9 care

Shorewood HUGS donated $2,000 to the Forest Preserve District for the care and training of its K-9, Jullo.

Veterans Woods closes for improvement project

Veterans Woods will be closed starting Thursday, April 26, for parking lot and trail improvements.

Quiz: Check Your Monarch Butterfly I.Q.

Show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.

Scat-tergories: The Scoop on Poop

A closer look at what's on the ground provides clues to animal whereabouts in the preserves.

Our New Twitter Account is for the Birds

We're proud to have launched Today's Bird, a Twitter account dedicated to the amazing bird photos from across Will County.

Follow These Tips to Avoid Lyme Disease, Other Tickborne Illnesses This Summer

Spring and summer bring the joys of warmer weather and longer days, but it also brings along a number of pests, such as ticks.

National Parks quilt collection book goes on sale at Forest Preserve visitor centers

A book detailing the national parks quilt exhibition that will be coming to the District this summer is now on sale at three Forest Preserve visitor centers.

Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calves

The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little larger. And cuter.

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.

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.

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.

Steeling Joliet's Past

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

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