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This Big Fungus Find Comes in Very Small Package

Fungi can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and while the big ones across the forest floor can be amazing to see, it's the teenie-tiny ones that can truly take your breath away.

Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years, and one of the roles she plays is to match up potential volunteers with work that fits their interests.

Why is This Canada Goose at Lake Renwick Flying Upside Down?

It's not your common, everyday occurrence.

Lynn Kurczewski’s ‘Happy Place’: Goodenow Grove sled hill

Where is your forest preserve 'Happy Place?' For staffer Lynn Kurczewski, it's the sled hill at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Autumn Animal Behaviors

Preparation is key to survive the colder months ahead.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Rzepka, the 'Amateur Naturalist'

The Old Plank Road Trail was a decades-long project converting an old railway line to a recreational trail, and Mike Rzepka was there from the start.

2019 Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

The permits can be used at all of the Forest Preserve District's off-leash dog parks.

Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

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.

Before There Was Us

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

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.

Pelicans Flock to Preserves

One of nature’s largest avian specimens have made a pit stop in Will County prior to migrating south for the winter.

Top 10 Trail Trips to Try

There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.

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.

ComEd, Openlands Grant will Improve Dragonfly Habitat

The Forest Preserve has received a ComEd, Openlands grant that will improve Hine's emerald dragonfly habitat.

Mushroom Mania at Raccoon Grove

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

The Science Behind Fall Foliage

Mother Nature's twists and turns can have a big impact in how the trees change in autumn.

Peak Monarch Migration is Right Around the Corner

If you enjoy the sight of colorful monarchs fluttering about, you're going to love the next few weeks.

Freaky Fungus of the Week: Old Man of the Woods

When it comes to fungi that leave no mystery as to how they got their name, Old Man of the Woods definitely fits the bill.

Top 10 Reasons to use Native Plants

Stock up on native plants during the 'Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale' on May 18-19 to help improve your yard and the planet.

Preserving Precious Pollinators

We take a closer look at how planting native species provides huge benefits.

Annual Trail Trek Keeps Joliet Bicyclist on Track

Joliet resident William Udrow shared his preserve passion with us recently. Read about his annual trek and his love for the Joliet bike paths.

Rabbits, Stink Bugs are Most-Googled Wildlife Images in Illinois

While we often get the biggest reaction on social media from creepy crawlies such as colorful spiders and huge snakes, data shows you're searching for stinky and cuter forms of wildlife.

Creature Feature: The Elusive, Fast Flying Merlin

These birds are smaller than most falcons, known for their powerful flying and astute hunting abilities.

Injured Hummingbirds Bring Big Challenges for Wildlife Rehabbers

They eat constantly, fly in excess of 30 mph and weigh less than a nickel, and it's that combination which can make diagnosing and treating an injured hummingbird quite the gargantuan task.

Winter preparations begin

Drinking fountains will be turned off starting October 15 as the District prepares for winter.

Our Top Smartphone Photos

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

70 Bikes Donated During 'Recycle Your Bicycle'

The fall installment of 'Recycle Your Bicycle' was a success with 70 bikes being collected.

Camping Gear Rental Program Coming in Spring 2019

Want to go camping but you have no gear? No problem, thanks to a new 2019 gear rental program.

Veterans Woods Reopens Following Improvement Project

Veterans Woods reopens and picnic permitting resumes following improvement project.

Now is a Great Time to See Snakes in the Preserves

If you like limbless reptiles, you're going to love the next few weeks.

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