Four properties owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District contain gravesites dating back to the 1800s.
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.
The secret to capturing stunning shots is right in your pocket.
One of nature’s largest avian specimens have made a pit stop in Will County prior to migrating south for the winter.
There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.
Look around, and you'll see many signs of changing seasons.
All it takes is a few minutes in the District's preserves to realize there are some stunning sights and sounds to take in.
These natural wonders are a great way to celebrate the small details in the forest.
Mother Nature's twists and turns can have a big impact in how the trees change in autumn.
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.
We take a closer look at how planting native species provides huge benefits.
Joliet resident William Udrow shared his preserve passion with us recently. Read about his annual trek and his love for the Joliet bike paths.
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.
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.
See if you can ace the test.
Action taken by the Forest Preserve Board will pave the way for another section of the Normantown Trail to be built in Plainfield.
The fall installment of 'Recycle Your Bicycle' was a success with 70 bikes being collected.
At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.
The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.
Contributions totaling $591,000 from the U.S. Army Corps and a state wildlife fund will help accelerate Forest Preserve restoration efforts at four preserves.
In honor of Bat Week, get to know the eight species that call the preserves home.
While you may hear them in the preserves, seeing them is a rare treat.
If you don't take precautions, it could be the gift that keeps on giving.
The beauty of the winter season also brings along its necessary cautions.
Check out Plum Creek Nature Center's new mix of 'green' and nature-themed gifts, including handmade items from around the world and edible bugs and worms.
When Ruth Meyer retired after more than 40 years as a hair dresser, she made it a goal to give back to her community through volunteering.
The groundhog becomes a celebrity each year on February 2, awakening from a months-long slumber to "predict" when winter will end. Beyond this annual ritual, most Americans know little about the groundhog.
Winter weather isn't a guarantee that ticks don't pose a threat to you or your pets. If the temperature is above freezing and the ground isn't frozen, some ticks are still active.
Get ready for Groundhog Day by testing your knowledge on Punxsutawney Phil and his friends.
Ever shiver at the sight of birds on the ice in the dead of winter? No need to worry. Geese and other waterfowl are built to withstand these harsh conditions.
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 Environmental Management Co. in Lockport recently donated money to the Forest Preserve District that will be used to plant trees.
A growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof of the many benefits of nature.