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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.

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.

Top 10 Trail Trips to Try

There are miles of scenic paths where you can exercise and enjoy nature.

Hummingbirds Have Made it to Northern Illinois

After a long migratory path, hummingbirds have finally arrived in Northern Illinois.

Watch: Determined Hummingbird Tries Feeding Off Orange Hat

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Donate

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.

FAQ

You've had questions. We have answers.

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.

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.

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.

Heron mural to tour four Forest Preserve locations

An 8-by-12 foot heron mural painted live in 2016 by Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson will tour four Forest Preserve sites this year.

I Spy Wildlife

8/23/2018: Join us each week during the summer as we head out on the trail with a naturalist in search of wildlife.

Monarchs are Moving North and You Can Chart Their Progress

Not only are hummingbirds inching closer to Illinois, but the great monarch butterfly migration is in full swing and they're also making some incredible progress toward the area.

Chevron donates $1,000 to Forest Preserve District

Chevron Environmental Management Co. in Lockport recently donated money to the Forest Preserve District that will be used to plant trees.

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