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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.

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 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.

Mushroom Mania at Raccoon Grove

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

ComEd, Openlands Grant will Improve Dragonfly Habitat

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

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.

Frankfort Man’s Cannibalfly Close-Up Wins August Portion of Photo Contest

A close-up of a carnivorous cannibalfly crushed the photo contest competition in August.

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.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Coyotes?

See if you can ace the test.

Winter preparations begin

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

Bid Approved, Groundbreaking Set for Normantown Trail Addition

Action taken by the Forest Preserve Board will pave the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be built in Plainfield.

GreenTown Will County Conference Focuses on Sustainable Communities

Check out the GreenTown Will County event on October 26 to learn more about building sustainable communities.

Farm Lease Program Changes Protect Soil for Future Restoration

The 2019 farm lease program has changed to include more erosion control measures and flexible lease lengths.

Enter Your Photos for June's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

There's never been a better time to hit the trails, snap some stunning photographs and then enter them in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Keepataw Preserve Reopens After Construction

The preserve had been closed due to road construction along Bluff Road.

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.

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.

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.

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