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A History of Stone Transforms Des Plaines River Valley

Keepataw Preserve offers breathtaking views, thanks to bluffs that were carved from mining more than 100 years ago

Study Shows Learning to Love Nature Is Not Just for Kids

Spending time outdoors is good for you, but what if you didn't grow up with a love of nature? Can you develop an appreciation for it as an adult? You can, according to a recent study.

Dog Exercising

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.

Creature Feature: The Season-Predicting Groundhog

The groundhog becomes a celebrity each year on February 2, awakening from a months-long slumber to "predict" when winter will end. Beyond this annual ritual, most Americans know little about the groundhog.

Frog on a Log Leaps over May's Photo Competition

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.

Creature Feature: The Royal-Sounding Queen Snake

The royal-sounding queen snake is common in the Great Lakes region. This snake, often seen near water, is sometimes confused with the garter snake and the northern water snake. Learn what sets it apart.

Camping

One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to pop a tent right in the middle of it! The Forest Preserve offers camping at five locations within Will County. Check out our primitive campsites and book your reservation today. A permit is required for use of all campsites.

Pedal the Prairie: Sugar Creek Preserve

9/26/2020: Join the Forest Preserve staff as we pedal through the beautiful trails of Will County.

Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access

The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

Creature Feature: American Badgers Are Digging Machines

The American badger isn't as well-known as many of the other mammals that call Will County home, but these fascinating creatures are exceptional diggers that are known to work alongside coyotes to hunt.

From Nurture to Nature

Lab-raised Hine's Emerald dragonflies released into the wild at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.

Things We Love: Those Precious Possums

Opossums deserve our love and respect because they provide many benefits, and they're pretty cute too.

Planting with Purpose

As you prepare your gardens and yards for spring, consider including plants that attract pollinators — the butterflies, bees, insects and birds that are vital to our livelihood.

Picnicking

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

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

Doggie Walk & Talk

8/23/2020: Hang out with your hound for a walk and talk at Whalon Lake.

Creature Feature: Opossums Are Nature's Pest Control

Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.

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.

Hickory Creek Preserve

Hickory Creek Preserve has three shelters available at Hickory Creek Junction and the LaPorte Road Access, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Quiz: Are You an Authority on Raccoons?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Rock Run Rookery Preserve

The 224-acre Rock Run Rookery Preserve was acquired between 2002 and 2011. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.

The Monarchs Are Disappearing, But Here's How You Can Help

Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.

It's Official: Study Proves Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For You

We've long known time spent in the great outdoors is good for you, but now we know exactly how much time we have to spend outside to reap the benefits. According to a study, spending two hours outside each week is good for your health and well-being.

Messenger Marsh

The 620-acre Messenger Marsh was acquired between 1989 and 2000. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Paddle Whalon Lake (Intermediate)

8/22/2020: Explore Whalon Lake by kayak.

Whalon Lake

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

Department of Public Health Issues Warning After 17 Rabid Bats Found in Illinois

Five bats in Will County have tested positive for rabies so far this summer.

'A Job Well Done' by High School Student Volunteers

High school students pitch in to help make the preserves pristine during hot and humid work week.

Creature Feature: The Lovely Luna Moth

The lovely luna moth is prized by many for its beauty. But there's more to these moths than just their outward appearance.

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Pelicans?

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

Your Guide to Paddling Will County

The preserves offer excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities on our local waterways

Work Set to Resume on Black Road Corridor Trail Connections

The work along Black Road will include pedestrian bridges over the DuPage River and Interstate 55 and a path connecting the DuPage River Trail in Hammel Woods with the Rock Run Greenway Trail in Rock Run Preserve.

Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access

The 1,541-acre Hickory Creek Preserve was acquired between 1942 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Barb Parisi’s Happy Place: The healing powers of McKinley Woods

Barbara Parisi's Forest Preserve "Happy Place" is McKinley Woods, a site that helped her heal after a family tragedy.

Employment

The Forest Preserve District of Will County provides challenging job opportunities. Positions are posted as they become available.

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