The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
The Hadley Valley Habitat Restoration project is an ongoing project conducted at multiple locations in Hadley Valley in several phases over the past decade with the assistance of various grants and partnerships.
Ultimately, she hopes her work as a volunteer will help inspire others, including younger generations, to get involved with the Forest Preserve District.
Sugar Creek Administration Center serves as the main office for the District. The administration center is a model of green architecture and has gained recognition from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), a national standard for sustainable buildings.
The 320-acre Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve was acquired in 2011 and 2015. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.
The 135-acre Old Plank Road Trail was acquired between 1992 and 2006.
Bat Week has arrived, which strives to raise awareness about more than 1,200 bat species worldwide and their pivotal role in nature.
There's never been a better time to hit the trails, snap some stunning photographs and then enter them in the Preserve the Moment photo contest.
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.
The 175-acre Colvin Grove Preserve was acquired between 1991 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.
Show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.
Hammel Woods has two shelters available, located at the Crumby Recreation Area and Route 59 Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.
The 75-acre Lambs Woods was acquired in 1971. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
The 182-acre Evans-Judge Preserve was acquired between 2002 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Kankakee River preservation system, which conserves approximately 340 acres.
Riverview Farmstead Preserve 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.
The Route 30 Bikeway travels 7.56 miles from Walona Avenue in New Lenox through Mokena to 78th Avenue in Frankfort.
10/13/2018: This program at Plum Creek Nature Center is for birders of all backgrounds, from beginners to experts.
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.
The Hickory Creek Bikeway consists of two segments within Hickory Creek Preserve, totaling 5.93 miles.
The Lake Renwick Bikeway is a flat, paved linear and loop trail and travels 3.35 miles through wetland and around Budde Lake.
With a capacity of 60 guests, the Sugar Creek Administration Center's meeting room offers a "green" experience with a view of the Center's native landscaping, including restored prairie. Tables and chairs are provided.
11/03/18: Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.
A change order approved June 14 by the Forest Preserve's Board will pave the way for work at the preserve to be completed by late July or early August.
School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
10/27/18: Join us for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds.
Discounted half-year dog park permits went on sale July 1 and will be available through October 31.
From landscapes, flowers and incredible wildlife shots, there was plenty to love.
The very special members of our community who share their time with us are known as Prairie People Volunteers.