Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.
The 891-acre Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve was acquired between 1938 and 2007. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres
The 426-acre Thorn Creek Headwaters Preserve was acquired between 2007 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Thorn Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,600 acres.
The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.
Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.
With their long legs and necks and striking plumage, great blue herons somehow manage to be both gangly and graceful all at once. These birds are commonly seen throughout Will County, particularly near water.
The garter snake is the most common snake in the United States, living from coast to coast. But these snakes are still interesting creatures, despite being ubiquitous.
Read the full rules of the annual photo contest before submitting photos.
Changing recommendations from the CDC and state modifications to its COVID-19 response paved the way for the dog parks to reopen; but the Forest Preserve urges dog park patrons to follow all public safety advice to protect their health and the health of others.
Fishing line seems like an innocuous tool, but in reality it's a death trap for untold numbers of wildlife.
Spring is spawning season for crappies, which offers an opportunity to get a good look at these fish.
Have you ever seen a blue-spotted salamander? Most people haven't, but they do live in Will County. Finding one is a matter of knowing where to look.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.
The second annual angler competition runs from July 1-August 30 and awards prizes for biggest panfish, catfish and bass, and an overall grand prize winner will be chosen from among all entries.
7/28/2020: Learn how physical intervals improve cardiovascular performance and progress in hiking, biking and running.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County has six dog parks throughout the county. All parks provide fenced areas that allow dogs to run and play without a leash.
While these bright and beautiful birds can be seen in our area, learn more about these miniature but mighty marvels.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting activity that is growing in popularity, and is permitted in select Will County forest preserves.
The 2020 Preserve the Moment contest kicked off with more than 100 stunning photo entries taken in Will County forest preserves; seven more monthly winners will be chosen until the contest concludes December 31.
The Forest Preserve offers fishing boat launches and rowboat rentals at select preserves. Fishing boat launches provide trailer parking, and there is no launch fee.
From eagle eyes to Benjamin Franklin, dive into these offbeat facts.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County provides challenging job opportunities. Positions are posted as they become available.
The green heron isn't as well known or as frequently seen as the great blue heron, but these birds are interesting in their own right.
The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities
The slither. They climb. They freak people out. But don't worry, the locals are harmless.
Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.
Do you know what kind of squirrel is taking up residence in your yard? Learn more about eastern gray squirrels and how to differentiate them from other squirrels that live in Illinois.
The Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center offers seasonal bird viewing opportunities for the public.
Fish won’t come to you, you need to go to the fish.
The Plum Creek Greenway Trail travels 3.15 miles through Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.
The 248-acre Monee Reservoir was acquired between 1982 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.
Check out the list of programs and activities online, record your Earth-friendly activities and be entered for a chance to win prizes.
The wildlife you see in the preserves and elsewhere is just that — wild. The preserves aren't petting zoos, and people should not touch or otherwise handle animals they encounter.
Don't hastily launch a vessel in the water without getting all of your safety measures in place.
While no hard data exists, anecdotal evidence indicates this black squirrel at McKinley Woods is indeed a rare find locally.
It might shock you to learn blue jays aren't actually blue. Instead, we just perceive them to be blue because of how light passes through the birds' feathers.