The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.
The 37-acre preserve contains a one-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve and is the final resting place of the early settlers of Wheatland Township.
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.
A GoPro, a bucket of water and a parade of thirsty animals in the Texas desert is truly mesmerizing.
They took to it like a duck to water, naturally.
From wet raccoons to colorful flowers and a pod of pelicans, there was plenty to see and photograph in the preserves.
Simply put, chipmunks can be pigs.
The District has repurposed abandoned rail lines to recreational trails
Forest Preserve's 2018 balanced budget includes shelter and trail improvements.
Once extinct in Illinois, wild turkeys can now be found in every county.
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.
The slither. They climb. They freak people out. But don't worry, the locals are harmless.
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.
A team of Forest Preserve employees will hit the trails this summer and fall to gather valuable information for trail users.
A new small-dog enclosure at Hammel Woods Dog Park in Shorewood will open after a public ribbon cutting on July 6.
Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.
Prepare for possible road congestion in Joliet as you attempt to view the national parks quilt exhibition before it closes on July 3.
Forest Preserve group views Field Museum specimens collected more than 100 years ago in Lockport.
When it comes to the preserves, it's often a connection to the past.
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.
Multiple agencies joining forces in attempt to unlock Old Joliet Prison's preservation potential.
His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.
Fish, hike, boat and more at Monee Reservoir, a perfect spot for a summer staycation.
Now's the time of year when you'll be seeing a number of predatory wasps with greater frequency.
They are magnificent birds, traveling and foraging in large flocks making them nearly impossible to miss.
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.
It's apparently the season for animals getting themselves in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.
The bald eagle was minding its own business, tending to two eggs in the nest that's being monitored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Red-winged blackbirds have a bad reputation ... but they're not alone when it comes to birds doing whatever it takes to make sure everyone knows where they stand in the pecking order of nature.
Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start.
Adding volunteering to Mike O'Brien's list of outdoor activities seemed like a good way to both spend time outdoors and give back to nature.
Check out July's 'Food Truck Fridays' lineup to plan your next culinary adventure.
Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.
Decades ago, rivers and lakes weren’t reserved exclusively for nature and recreation; they also served as natural ice factories.
While many humans will be indulging in romance on Valentine’s Day, some animal species are gearing up for their own late winter wooing.