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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.

Scouts invited to special adventure program

Scout out some fun at the 'Four Rivers' Scout Adventure' on March 3 at Four Rivers.

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.

Gain Kernels of Knowledge from 'Super Seeds' Program

Sign up for the 'Super Seeds' program to learn where seeds come from and how they move.

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.

Visitor Centers Closed for President's Day Holiday

In observance of the President's Day holiday, all Forest Preserve visitor centers will be closed on Monday, February 19.

Can You Ace This Bison Quiz?

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

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.

Five GIFs Showing Why You Should #OptOutside on Black Friday

Sure, throwing some elbows to get that cheap TV could provide a workout, but there are a number of reasons why it's better to ditch the stores and embrace nature on Black Friday.

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.

Roost with a view

Eagle Scouts install bat houses at Kankakee Sands Preserve to provide roosting options.

Let's Go Batty for #Batweek

Bat Week has arrived, which strives to raise awareness about more than 1,200 bat species worldwide and their pivotal role in nature.

Woodland Oasis

The 430-acre Laughton Preserve, located on Wallingford Road in Wilton Township, contains remnants of land that present a rich and colorful history.

Artists sought for 'Arts & Nature on the River' event

The Forest Preserve is seeking artists for its 'Arts & Nature on the River' event in June; the deadline to apply is January 15.

Cardinal photo swoops in for photo contest win

A Homer Glen man's photo of a snowcapped cardinal won the 2017 Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Safer Trail Connection Coming to Black Road Corridor in 2018

Work on an IDOT project along Black Road that will connect two Forest Preserve trail systems will begin early next year.

Whalon Lake Loop Trail Reopens

A section of the Whalon Lake loop trail that was closed since September has reopened now that a water diversion channel project has been completed.

Meet 18th-century fur traders at Louis Joliet Mall

Two Forest Preserve interpretive naturalists will portray 18th-century fur traders at the Louis Joliet Mall on January 20.

Winter Weather May Impact Preserve Openings

For the public’s safety, some preserves may remain closed immediately after a snow event as District staff work to plow the roadways to make travel less hazardous.

Volunteer for A Winter Workday

Sign up for a winter workday to help the environment and the forest preserves.

DuPage River Trail extension under Route 52 in Shorewood opens

A short DuPage River Trail extension in Shorewood opens big possibilities for future trail connections in Will County and beyond.

Buzz on over to Plum Creek for this year’s ‘Bee a Beekeeper!’ course

Take a six-week course at Plum Creek Nature Center to learn how to become a beekeeper.

Which Wild Animal Are You?

We all can display some wild tendencies every now and then.

Spectacular 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Coming on Jan. 31

As long as there are some clear skies, January is going to close out with a rare heavenly trifecta for astronomy fans in the form of a supermoon, blue moon and lunar eclipse.

Learn how to monitor rare plants in Will County

If you’d like to prowl the Will County forest preserves searching for rare and endangered flora this year, consider becoming a citizen scientist by attending a Plants of Concern workshop.

Branching out with 'Free a Tree' tips

Clearing invasive species from the base of a tree can help the tree thrive and reproduce.

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