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Steeling Joliet's Past

The ruins that remain near Columbia Street tell a story of the city's century-old melting pot.

Vermont Cemetery: From Human History to Natural History

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Ribbon Cutting Set for Small-Dog Addition at Hammel Woods Dog Park

A new small-dog enclosure at Hammel Woods Dog Park in Shorewood will open after a public ribbon cutting on July 6.

Peak Summer Days May Bring Problem Plants

Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.

Traffic Alert Issued for Sugar Creek Quilt Show Visitors

Prepare for possible road congestion in Joliet as you attempt to view the national parks quilt exhibition before it closes on July 3.

Century-Old Lockport Leaf Collection Highlights Field Museum Field Trip

Forest Preserve group views Field Museum specimens collected more than 100 years ago in Lockport.

What’s in a Name?

When it comes to the preserves, it's often a connection to the past.

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.

From Incarceration to Recreation

Multiple agencies joining forces in attempt to unlock Old Joliet Prison's preservation potential.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Craig and His 'Happy Place' at Lake Renwick

His start as a volunteer with the Forest Preserve comes with an interesting backstory involving an alligator.

Monee Reservoir: A Staycation Haven

Fish, hike, boat and more at Monee Reservoir, a perfect spot for a summer staycation.

Meet the Wasps of Summer

Now's the time of year when you'll be seeing a number of predatory wasps with greater frequency.

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.

These Birds Mean Business

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.

These Animal Dads are Worth Celebrating

Many males play a key role in giving their offspring a much-needed jump-start.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike O’Brien and the 'Big-Picture Mentality'

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.

July's 'Food Truck Fridays' Feature Pizza, Pierogies and More

Check out July's 'Food Truck Fridays' lineup to plan your next culinary adventure.

Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out

Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.

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.

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