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Fourth Grade

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

Sixth Grade

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

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.

High School Programs

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

Terms of Use

These Terms of Use provide guidelines for the usage of the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Web site.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Programs focusing on nature, environmental education, cultural history and recreation are offered at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

Plum Creek Nature Center

Programs focusing on nature, environmental education, cultural history and recreation are offered at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township.

Monee Reservoir

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers many different youth group programs at Monee Reservoir.

Prescribed Burning

The Forest Preserve District of Will County's prescribed burning practices are an important tool in restoration.

Field Trips

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

Contact Us

We will do our best to respond to your request within two business days.

Americans with Disabilities Act

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Forest Preserve District of Will County will not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of disability in our services, programs, or activities.

Land Management

The purpose of the Forest Preserve District's Land Management Program is to preserve the diversity of native flora and fauna through the protection, maintenance, restoration, or reconstruction of native ecosystem types.

Teacher Professional Development

Forest Preserve District of Will County staff can present in-service workshops at your convenience.

Youth Group Programs

Programs focusing on nature, environmental education, cultural history and recreation are offered at the Environmental Learning Center in Mokena, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Monee Reservoir in Monee Township.

Moments of Zen

Life can be hectic and we all could benefit from taking a few steps back from the frantic pace of the daily grind just to enjoy the finer things nature has to offer. And really, there's no better time to do it than on National Relaxation Day.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bill and Jackie Kibler

The Forest Preserve is incredibly fortunate to have volunteers like Bill and Jackie Kibler.

Our Top Smartphone Photos

The secret to capturing stunning shots is right in your pocket.

Pelicans Flock to Preserves

One of nature’s largest avian specimens will soon be making a pit stop in Will County prior to migrating south for the winter.

Forest Foundation Adopts New Name

Friends of the Forest Preserve has changed its name to The Nature Foundation of Will County.

Watch: Determined Hummingbird Tries Feeding Off Orange Hat

Give this bird an A for effort, even if it came up empty.

Audubon Resource Helps Gardeners Attract Birds

The online database helps you make your yard an avian oasis.

Sometimes, Nature Stinks — Especially in the Fall

You can thank the neighborhood skunk, along with the time of year, for that unmistakable stench.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy guides the Forest Preserve District of Will County's collection and usage of information about visitors to our Web site.

There's More to Fall Than You Might Think

Look around, and you'll see many signs of changing seasons.

Police 'pawsitively surprised' when trash bandit turns itself in — on moving vehicle

Police officers deal with all sorts of situations on a daily basis, but this one may go down as the strangest — and cutest — of all time.

Nine Most Instagrammable Spots in the Preserves

All it takes is a few minutes in the District's preserves to realize there are some stunning sights and sounds to take in.

IDNR Goes Fishing for Information

When Illinois Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Rob Miller searches for fish, he doesn’t bring a fishing pole.

Study Shows Glass Buildings Cause Blind Spot for Bats

Smooth vertical surfaces can wreak havoc on bats' ability to process sound waves, causing them to crash head-on into buildings.

Forest Preserve Prepares for Winter

Preserve water fountains and hand pumps are being turned off. Boat launches will close November 1.

Amazing Find: Two Rare Reptiles Spotted in One Preserve on Same Day

Every now and then, District staff gets lucky when out in the field and comes upon some special creatures, and such was the case earlier this week.

Deer Management FAQ

The District has implemented a deer management program, because if deer are left unmanaged, their large numbers will cause dramatic changes to the District’s ecosystems, resulting in irreversible damage and potential loss of species.

Halloween Special: Six Creepy, Cool and Freaky Fungi

Halloween is right around the corner, but if you're looking for some nature-inspired horror shows at different times of year, all you have to do is look down while walking the trails.

Monster Earthworm Surfaces After Massive Rains

This is an earthworm that you've likely never seen before.

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