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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Kick-start your winter workouts

Don't let winter keep you indoors; Forest Preserve trails are open year-round.

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.

Time to Talk Turkey

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

99-million-year-old baby bird found in amber is a fossil like we've never seen before

The hatchling fossil is the most complete fossil ever found in Myanmar amber, with its head, wings, skin, feathers and a clawed foot clearly visible to the naked eye.

Wonderfully Wild Snakes of Will County

The slither. They climb. They freak people out. But don't worry, the locals are harmless.

Amazing Video Captures Rare Sight: A Great Horned Owl Going For a Swim

It's an incredibly majestic and incredibly rare piece of video, courtesy of some hikers in a canyon in Lake Powell between Arizona and Utah.

Forest Preserve Team Takes on Trail Assessment

A team of Forest Preserve employees will hit the trails this summer and fall to gather valuable information for trail users.

When Bald Eagles Go Fishing, It's Quite a Catch

Bald eagles are some of most beautiful birds you'll see — and thankfully still can — now that they've bounced back after conservation efforts helped them come back from the brink of extinction.

Quiz: Test Your Pelican Proficiency

They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks making them nearly impossible to miss.

Your Guide to Spring Wildflowers

With the weather getting warmer and spring wildflowers beginning to sprout up throughout The Forest Preserve District of Will County's many preserves, now is a great time to head out and start exploring nature and see what it has to offer.

Raccoon In Awkward Situation Generates Some Buzz

It's apparently the season for animals getting themselves in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.

Caught on Video: Bald Eagle Attacks Nesting Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was minding its own business, tending to two eggs in the nest that's being monitored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The Big Chill

Decades ago, rivers and lakes weren’t reserved exclusively for nature and recreation; they also served as natural ice factories.

Wild Mating Rituals

While many humans will be indulging in romance on Valentine’s Day, some animal species are gearing up for their own late winter wooing.

Preserve Police Pull Opossum Out of Predicament

A opossum with its head wedged in a hole at the Hammel Woods Dog Park was rescued Wednesday by a Forest Preserve police officer.

Be Mesmerized by This Snake Slithering Along a Wire Fence

This snake isn't local, but that doesn't make the Tasmanian tiger snake's moves any less noteworthy.

Can You Ace This Bison Quiz?

Here's your chance to test your knowledge of these amazing animals.

Normantown Road Finding New Life as Hiking, Biking Trail

Engineering will begin this year on another piece of the Normantown Trail in Plainfield.

Penny slithers past Xena in snake-naming effort

The snake was recently acquired as a rescue animal after the nature center’s previous ball python, Bud, passed away after an illness at the estimated age of 30.

Army Corps bids multimillion-dollar project to benefit Lockport Prairie

The nature preserve features a rare dolomite prairie habitat that supports threatened and endangered species.

Forest Preserve Board OKs Permit Discount for Veterans, Military

In 2018, the Forest Preserve will begin offering discounted dog park permits to veterans and active-duty military.

Giving them ‘a fighting chance’

The Forest Preserve District is diving into a regional effort to help save the state-endangered Blanding’s turtle from extinction.

Incredible Video: Spider Wraps Up Toad in Matter of Seconds

The yellow garden spider is quite efficient when capturing its prey.

Forest Preserve Recognized for Financial Reporting Excellence

District receives financial reporting award for 22nd consecutive year.

Foundation donates $5,000 to Forest Preserve

The Nature Foundation of Will County donated $5,000 to the Forest Preserve District, which will be used to offset the costs of bringing three different traveling exhibits to the District's visitor centers.

Bat lovers sought for monitoring program

The Forest Preserve is seeking volunteers for its new Citizen Science Bat Monitoring Program.

Bike recycling program nets record number of donations

The bikes will be refurbished and donated to those in need by Working Bikes.

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