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Blooming Bluebells

This showy spring ephemeral is a sought-after sight for wildflower fans

Forked Creek Preserve - Ballou Road Access

The 790-acre Forked Creek Preserve was acquired between 1974 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Lower Rock Run Preserve

Lower Rock Run Preserve has one shelter available at the I&M Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Fishing

Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

The 891-acre Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve was acquired between 1938 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres

Hiking/Running

The forest preserves provide hikers and runners with beautiful trails throughout the county, making them convenient no matter where you live.

Picnicking

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.

Red, White and Blue Wildflowers in the Preserves

These native gems are about as American as they get

Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

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.

Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

An 8-by-12 foot heron mural painted live in 2016 by Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson will tour four Forest Preserve sites this year.

Lake Renwick Bird Viewing

5/26/2018: The only way to view these amazing birds during this time is to attend these special viewing programs.

Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is Underway

The Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment photo contest runs through December 31.

Baltimore Orioles Have Landed in Illinois

Here's another colorful sign of spring that may be popping up in your yard.

Stop What You're Doing and Watch These Jaw-Dropping Slow-Motion Lightning Strikes

Seeing the full force of nature in super slow motion truly is a sight to behold.

Teale Woods Preserve

The 14-acre Teale Woods Preserve was acquired in 1994. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

DuPage River Trail

The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.

Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Veterans Woods – Traders Corner

The 77-acre Veterans Woods was acquired in 1966. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Heartbreaking Egret Photo Another Reminder of Dangers of Improperly Disposed of Fishing Line

As the weather begins to turn for the better and more people take to the preserves to fish, we have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of your fishing line.

2018 Picnic and Camping Permits go on Sale January 2

2018 picnic and camping permits go on sale January 2 at four Forest Preserve visitor centers.

Veterans Memorial Trail

Veterans Memorial Trail begins at 135th Street in Romeoville where it overlaps Centennial Trail and travels north 3.26 miles to Interstate 355.

Messenger Marsh

Messenger Marsh has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

Take Me Fishing Promotion

6/16/2018: This is the perfect opportunity to grab the family for some quality time out on the water at Monee Reservoir.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology.

Lambs Woods

Lambs Woods has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

Monee Reservoir

Monee Reservoir has three shelters available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center is located at 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, in Monee.

Theodore Marsh

Theodore Marsh has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Monee Reservoir

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities

234-Year-Old Map Donated to Isle a la Cache Museum

This 1783 map depicts the region where the French fur trade took place.

Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail travels 3.26 miles from Schneider's Passage northeast through Romeoville to the Cook County line.

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve has two shelters available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Monee Reservoir

The 248-acre Monee Reservoir was acquired between 1982 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

Bird the Preserves During ‘Big Day’ Bird-Watching Challenge

Bird-watchers can participate in the Forest Preserve District new 'Big Day – Bird Hike Challenge' from April 3-August 17.

Forest Preserve Offers Year-Round Camping

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

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