Learn more about the northern water snake, one of the most common water snakes in Illinois.
Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.
The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.
Test your knowledge on these little-known creatures.
Jon Flodstrom of Frankfort said he timed it just right to get within a foot of a widow skimmer perched near a Hickory Creek Preserve pond to snap the winning photo.
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Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.
As the weather begins to turn for the better and more people take to the preserves to fish, we have an urgent plea for everyone: Please properly dispose of your fishing line.
The Forest Preserve's Preserve the Moment photo contest begins May 1, but all participants are being urged to stay safe while snapping pics of nature in Will County preserves.
Is that a moth or a butterfly? Learn the clues to help you tell the difference.
As off-leash play areas for canines become more popular, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of a successful trip to a dog park.
The dog days of summer are here, both literally and metaphorically. Be sure to stay safe outdoors during periods of high heat and humidity.
The Lake Renwick Heron Rookery site will be closed to general access from March 1-August 15 to protect nesting birds. Visitors will be allowed only during bird-watching programs.
One of most common birds in North America, the killdeer has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to protecting its nest from potential threats.
Despite the trepidation many people feel toward bats, they play a crucial role in the world, one that is critical to our survival.
Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve visitor centers on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Is that a chipmunk or a ground squirrel scurrying around your yard in preparation for winter? Learn how to tell the difference between these two similar-looking rodents.
It's a scene that plays out too often in the preserves, but it's important to raise awareness of how deadly trash being left behind can be to wildlife.
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.
Downy woodpeckers are the smallest woodpecker in North America. Learn more about these birds in this creature feature.
That chipmunk you see may be a 13-lined ground squirrel. Learn how to tell them apart and everything you need to know about these ground squirrels.
During the Forest Preserve's phase four reopening plan, latrines and water fountains are available, visitor centers will reopen with capacity limits, and picnic and camping permits can be booked online or in person.
Restoration efforts at Hadley Valley have earned the site an Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program accreditation.
In the past four years alone, Greg Duffner has racked up more than 19,000 miles on his bike commuting to work and riding in charity events around the country.
Keepataw Preserve offers breathtaking views, thanks to bluffs that were carved from mining more than 100 years ago
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.
Three plants in particular that are commonly found in Illinois can cause rashes, welts or blisters.
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.
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 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.
Lab-raised Hine's Emerald dragonflies released into the wild at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.
Opossums deserve our love and respect because they provide many benefits, and they're pretty cute too.
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.
Opossums are so ugly that they're cute, but beyond their appearances we should appreciate them for their amazing pest control abilities.
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