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Monster Earthworm Surfaces After Massive Rains

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

Gear up for fun, food and festivities in 2018

The Forest Preserve's lineup is chock-full of art, nature and history themed events.

2018 dog park permits go on sale November 1

Dog park permits for 2018 can be purchased in person, by mail or – for the first time – online.

I&M Canal Trail in Lockport reopens after soil remediation work

A portion of the I&M Canal Trail in Lockport that closed in November has reopened.

Fat Raccoon Tries to Climb Through Sewer Grate, and It Ended Exactly How You Thought It Would

Raccoons may be smart enough to solve an ancient Greek fable, but one chunky trash bandit wasn't smart enough to see there was no way it would fit through a sewer grate.

For National Bison Day, Five Fun Facts That Might Surprise You

What you don’t know about these scraggly-bearded giants might actually surprise you.

Mushroom Mania at Raccoon Grove

These natural wonders are a great way to celebrate the small details in the forest.

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The Forest Preserve District of Will County relies upon the support of the community to ensure the success of our programs, events, preservation and development efforts.

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Conservation Easements

With a conservation easement, you can rest assured that the qualities you treasure about your property will remain for you - and future generations - to enjoy.

Event Calendar

There are always a number of great events happening, see what's happening near you.

Report a Concern

Please report any concerns you may have with a Will County Forest Preserve. Incidents can include things like safety concern, vandalism, maintenance needs, or similar occurrences.

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.

Home School Opportunities

Organized home school groups of 10 or more age-appropriate students may register for field trip and in-school programs.

Request A Program

Processing of school program requests typically begins the second Monday in August for Will County schools and the third Monday in August for out-of-county schools.

McKinley Woods' World War II Connection

At one time, McKinley Woods in Channahon was a German prisoner of war camp.

In-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.

Kindergarten

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

Second Grade

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

Third Grade

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

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.

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.

Learning Standards Matrix

The Forest Preserve District has incorporated Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards into education programs and services.

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee of the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners formulates and makes recommendations to the Board concerning adoption of operational policies relating to the District's general affairs, and compiles a set of policies.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), east of Route 53, in Romeoville.

Lake Renwick Preserve

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center is located on Renwick Road, east of Route 30, in Plainfield.

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.

Plum Creek Nature Center

Plum Creek Nature Center is located at 27064 S. Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road, in Crete Township near Beecher.

Sugar Creek Administration Center

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.

Printable Reports

The Forest Preserve District of Will County makes a wide variety of reports available for immediate download.

5 Ways Nature Can Keep You Healthy

A growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof of the many benefits of nature.

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