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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.

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.

Incredible Video: Spider Wraps Up Toad in Matter of Seconds

The yellow garden spider is quite efficient when capturing its prey.

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.

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.

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.

Five Fascinating Facts About Skunk Cabbage

This is one part of spring that really stinks.

Preserves Double as Summer Laboratory

Allowing outside researchers access to the District's properties serves several useful purposes

Gravel Work Taking Place Along Wauponsee Glacial Trail

New gravel is being laid down along a stretch of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

Before and After: Prescribed Burn at Braidwood Dunes

What a difference a day makes when looking at a preserve before and after a prescribed burn.

Five Wild and Wacky Woodcock Facts

When it comes to birds you can see in the preserves, the American woodcock may be the most unique one you'll come across.

Bald Eagles' Insane Food Fight Caught on Slow-Motion Video

It's a bald eagle tussle like you've never seen before.

Volunteers Needed at Monee Reservoir

Individuals are needed to assist the public during fishing and boating programs at Monee Reservoir.

Volunteer for a Spring Workday

The Forest Preserve District's network of volunteers will be pitching in this spring to improve the preserves.

Quiz: How Smart Are You About Salamanders?

Take this quiz to see how much you know about the spotted salamanders that can be found in Will County.

Hummingbirds are on Their Way and You Can Map Their Migration Progress

Each year, birders in the area look forward to the summer return of the hummingbirds.

Rescued Pelican's Injuries Too Serious to Recover

An American white pelican was injured when it became tangled in discarded fishing line at McKinley Woods.

Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Sentinel Andrea Pletzke

Forest Preserve Volunteer Andrea Pletzke is so grateful that the District is saving open space for everyone to enjoy.

Native plant seminars and sale coming in April and May

Sign up for free Nature Foundation of Will County native plant seminars this spring to prepare for the group's annual plant sale.

Asian carp harvesting exhibition scheduled for Monday at Rock Run Rookery

Federal, state and local officials will gather Monday at the Forest Preserve's Rock Run Rookery Preserve for an Asian carp harvesting demonstration.

Asian carp demonstration shows how state is taking 'the fight to the fish'

Officials gathered Monday, March 26, at Rock Run Rookery for an Asian carp fishing demonstration that showed how the state and its federal partners are battling this invasive species.

Celebrate Earth Day with these volunteer opportunities

Spend some of your Earth Day week helping Mother Earth at a Forest Preserve District program.

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.

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.

Branching out with 'Free a Tree' tips

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

Plan Your Spring and Summer with 'The Weekly Five'

Sign up for The Weekly Five to get a jump on Forest Preserve programs and events for the upcoming week.

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.

Roost with a view

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

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.

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