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Wolf Creek Preserve

The 17-acre Wolf Creek Preserve was acquired between 2004 and 2015. The preserve comprises the Wolf Creek preservation system.

Busy Beavers Craft Club

12/15/2018: In December, make tiny winter hat ornaments from yarn to take home.

This Carnivorous Plant has an Appetite for Bugs

Animal-eating plants seem like an idea ripped from a Hollywood movie script – 'Little Shop of Horrors,' anyone? – but carnivorous plants do exist, even right here in Will County.

Wolf Spiders: Often Accused, Rarely Guilty

Many people label any big, hairy dark-colored spider as a wolf spider, and while wolf spiders can be big and dark and hairy, they certainly aren’t the only arachnid to fit this description.

Winter Campfire & Stroll

12/20/2018: Welcome the winter season and spend a spell around a warm fire.

This Big Fungus Find Comes in Very Small Package

Fungi can come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and while the big ones across the forest floor can be amazing to see, it's the teenie-tiny ones that can truly take your breath away.

Chimney Swifts Are Putting on Impressive Nightly Show in Mokena

The village building is in the older section of Mokena, and the chimney swifts have been congregating there in the fall for at least the past several years.

Five Bloody Good Facts About Mosquitoes

Here's a little something to read while you're busy itching and scratching all those bites.

Heartwarming 'Hug' Embraces Top Honors for September Photo Contest

Channahon woman's photo of a mom and baby squirrel embracing at McKinley Woods is the fifth finalist in the eight-month-long Preserve the Moment photo contest.

Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Ferry, the 'Matchmaker'

Barb Ferry has been volunteering with the district for more than 15 years, and one of the roles she plays is to match up potential volunteers with work that fits their interests.

Hastert-Bechstein Preserve

The 17-acre Hastert-Bechstein Preserve was acquired in 1992. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Huyck's Grove Preserve

The 504-acre Huyck's Grove Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Denise Steffen’s ‘Happy Place’: Mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway

Where is your Forest Preserve 'Happy Place?' For Denise Steffen, it's a spot along the Hickory Creek Bikeway.

Jackson Creek Preserve

The 374-acre Jackson Creek Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Jackson Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

John Wesley Preserve

The 274-acre John Wesley Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Kankakee Sands Preserve

The 555-acre Kankakee Sands Preserve was acquired between 1999 and 2012. The preserve is part of the Kankakee Sands preservation system, which conserves more than 1,200 acres.

Kraske Preserve

The 3-acre Kraske Preserve was acquired in 1998. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Lake of the Woods Preserve

The 3-acre Lake of the Woods Preserve was acquired in 1998. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Plum Valley Ravines

The 825-acre Plum Valley Ravines was acquired between 1979 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres of land.

Potawatomi Woods Preserve

The 114-acre Potawatomi Woods Preserve was acquired in 2000. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Prairie Creek Preserve

The 121-acre Prairie Creek Preserve was acquired in 2006. The preserve comprises the Prairie Creek preservation system.

Lambs Woods

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.

Laughton Preserve

The 430-acre Laughton Preserve was acquired between 1931 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve

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.

Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access

The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Lower Rock Run Preserve – McClintock Road Access

The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove

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.

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.

Hickory Creek Barrens

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hunters Woods

The 43-acre Hunters Woods was acquired between 1973 and 1975. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Isle a la Cache

The 101-acre Isle a la Cache was acquired between 1982 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Wildlife Viewing

The Forest Preserve works to protect wildlife, especially threatened or endangered species, in its preserves. Enjoy the viewing of this wildlife at a variety of locations throughout Will County.

Hickory Creek Preserve

Hickory Creek Preserve has three shelters available at Hickory Creek Junction and the LaPorte Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

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