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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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Grand opening for 'A Salamander Tale' set for March 1

Salamander exhibit will run from March through May at Plum Creek Nature Center.

Daring Raccoon Rescue is Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse

It's fair to say things didn't go exactly as planned when a crew tried to rescue a raccoon that had been trapped on the ledge of a suburban Detroit building for days.

Digging in for Winter

When the mercury plummets and the snow starts to fly, most forest creatures don’t head for the hills – they dig in for winter.

10 Fascinating Facts About Groundhogs

All groundhogs are terrible weather forecasters, but they are some amazing creatures in other regards.

The Hooded Grebe’s Courtship Dance May Be the Most Amazing One You'll Ever See

From fancy footwork to some highly choreographed maneuvers, Hooded Grebes surely know how to put on a show

Harnessing the Wilderness

Bridges of all shapes and sizes are sprinkled throughout the Forest Preserve District of Will County. But a trio of trestles is noteworthy because of the history, location and design of each bridge.

The Graceful Great Egret

If you are fortunate enough to see the gracefulness of a great egret in person, you can thank early conservation efforts.

District Moves Forward on Construction Projects

Work will begin at Hammel Woods and area trails and parking lots this fall.

From Buckthorn to Beauty

Recent restoration efforts at Lockport Prairie East salvaged the land and the work has been rewarded with a Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Ecological Restoration Accreditation,

Forest Preserve police officers raise funds for Special Olympics

Two Forest Preserve District police officers raise $1,000 for Special Olympics in one day.

Forest Preserve's Deer Management Program begins in December

Forest Preserve's 2017-2018 Deer Management Program Set to Begin in December.

Our Top Instagram Photos of 2017

From landscapes, flowers and incredible wildlife shots, there was plenty to love.

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Prowl for owls this winter

Winter is the perfect time to search for owls in the preserves.

Nonprofit Looks to Drones to Fight Off Mosquitoes

Could drones be the answer to significantly cutting down mosquito-borne illnesses worldwide?

Naperville man charged in Old Plank Road Trail incident

A Forest Preserve District of Will County Police investigation has resulted in an aggravated battery charge being filed against William P. Sitton, 23, of Naperville, for a May incident on the Old Plank Road Trail.

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.

Birthday Bridge for Old Plank Road Trail

The new Old Plank Road Trail (OPRT) Bridge over Interstate 80 in New Lenox is up and running, and the old bridge has been removed just in time for the path’s 20th anniversary.

The Curious Black-Crowned Night Heron

Among the birds that roost at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, the black-crowned night heron is probably one of the most curious.

Bees Swarm at Plum Creek Nature Center

The honeybee hive was abuzz with activity as thousands of bees left to search for a new home.

Forest Preserve Distributes Safety Wristbands

Pick up a wristband and know which number to call if you need police assistance.

Forest Preserve Offers Year-Round Camping

Five campgrounds are located near rivers, trails, woodlands and shopping.

Bird is the word for late winter fun

Check out the Forest Preserve's long list of winter birding opportunities in February and March.

Old Plank Road Trail section to close for sewer repairs

Emergency sewer repairs will close a portion of the Old Plank Road Trail on Friday, February 2.

Is Your Wildlife Knowledge Worthy of a Gold Medal?

Just like the Olympians in South Korea, animals have all sorts of incredible skills and strengths.

Good Samaritans Rescue Coyote with Jar Stuck to its Head

Thankfully for one coyote, some kind folks came to the rescue to get it out of a situation that not only looked ridiculous, but totally stunk.

Partners honored for Volunteer Efforts

Xylem Inc. and the University of St. Francis receive 2017 Appreciation of Partners awards.

10 Insane Wildlife GIFs for National Wildlife Day

Some of these GIFs will leave your head spinning, which wouldn't be a problem if you're an owl. But you're not.

Ice, ice baby: Q&A with 'Snow Day Fest' ice carver

Learn more about the ice carver who will be at 'Snow Day Festival' on January 20.

Bird Executes Huge Photobomb During Weather Forecast

When it comes to photobombs, bigger always is better.

Nutty Facts You Probably Don't Know About Squirrels

On #SquirrelAppreciationDay, let's give these little critters some love

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Raccoons?

Are you a trash panda expert? Or is your knowledge total garbage?

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