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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.

Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

An 8-by-12 foot heron mural painted live in 2016 by Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson will tour four Forest Preserve sites this year.

Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

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.

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.

Nature-Inspired Art Exhibit Opens Aug. 16 at Plum Creek

Artist Cheryl Holz will bring dozens of nature-inspired mixed media creations to Plum Creek Nature Center for a special 'Flora and Fauna' art exhibit in August.

The Stink on Skunks

If you – or more likely, your dog – find yourself on the receiving end of a skunk’s stinky spray, you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Groundbreaking set for Army Corps ecosystem restoration project

A public groundbreaking is set for 2 p.m. Monday, August 6, for an Army Corps ecosystem restoration project at two forest preserves.

Romeoville Man's Heron Photo Wins July Portion of Photo Contest

The bird with a funky Elvis-like hairdo was photographed resting on a branch at McKinley Woods by Romeoville resident Mark Hanna.

Get Ready for a Spectacular Perseid Meteor Shower

This will be the best meteor shower of the year.

Aquatic Restoration Project Takes Root at Two Preserves

Two forest preserves are undergoing a multimillion-dollar transformation thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Forest Preserve District.

Scat-tergories: The Scoop on Poop

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

Wagon Bridge Reopens on I&M Canal Trail

Repair work to replace the Wagon Bridge's support beams is now done.

Veterans Woods Reopens Following Improvement Project

Veterans Woods reopens and picnic permitting resumes following improvement project.

Illinois Bicentennial Passports Available at Isle a la Cache Museum

Help celebrate the state's 200th birthday this year by picking up a bicentennial passport at Isle a la Cache Museum.

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.

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.

Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calves

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

Blooming Bluebells

This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans

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.

Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Illinois

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

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.

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.

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