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Seventh Grade

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Eighth Grade

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

High School

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Kindergarten

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Fifth Grade

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

First Grade

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

First Grade

School field trips and in-school programs are STEM strong and aligned with national learning standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Whalon Lake

Whalon Lake has two shelters available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Forked Creek Preserve

Forked Creek Preserve has two shelters available at Forsythe Woods and the Ballou Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

I&M Canal Trail

The I&M Canal Trail travels 7.55 miles from the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site north through Lockport to Romeoville.

Police Department

The police department’s mission is to safeguard the visitors, employees and properties of the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Protection of properties includes the District’s natural and cultural resources and its wildlife.

Educator Resources

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has a wide variety of educational resources available to teachers.

McKinley Woods

McKinley Woods has two shelters available at Frederick's Grove and Kerry Sheridan Grove, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

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.

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

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.

Prairie Bluff Preserve

Prairie Bluff 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.

Riverview Farmstead Preserve

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.

Owl Prowl at Hickory Creek

02/02/19: Discover the natural history of the various Will County owls and why they call at this time of year.

Owl Prowl at Plum Creek Nature Center

02/09/19: Discover the natural history of the various Will County owls and why they call at this time of year.

Digging into the Past: Wolf Scouts Badge

02/09/19: Uncover the importance of fossils and extinct species through creative activities that allow you to unearth your inner paleontologist.

Applications Sought for Spring Art Show

Applications are being sought for the Forest Preserve's inaugural juried art show.

Why is This Canada Goose at Lake Renwick Flying Upside Down?

It's not your common, everyday occurrence.

Lynn Kurczewski’s ‘Happy Place’: Goodenow Grove sled hill

Where is your forest preserve 'Happy Place?' For staffer Lynn Kurczewski, it's the sled hill at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Autumn Animal Behaviors

Preparation is key to survive the colder months ahead.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Rzepka, the 'Amateur Naturalist'

The Old Plank Road Trail was a decades-long project converting an old railway line to a recreational trail, and Mike Rzepka was there from the start.

Groundbreaking Signals Next Phase of Normantown Trail Project

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will extend Normantown Trail 0.85-mile from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield

Creature Feature: Coyotes, the Opportunistic Eaters

Coyotes try to remain unseen, hunting under the cover of darkness to protect themselves from being hunted.

From Stone to Water: Quarrying in Will County

Over decades, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has acquired a number of properties that include these manmade lakes.

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