Join the self-paced challenge by completing seven of 10 designated trails to earn a collector's medal for your hat, backpack or walking stick.
Paul Wenger is the third monthly winner so far this year, with five more months to go before all eight finalists compete for top Preserve the Moment contest honors in January 2021.
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'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.
A Forest Preserve news story about a rare bird sighting at Whalon Lake helped Lockport resident Matthew Serafini win September's portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest. Serafini headed to the Naperville preserve with a friend and snapped the winning picture of a yellow-crowned night heron
Our birds are disappearing at an alarming rate, but there are many simple things you can do at home to help save the birds.
If you rely on the myth that moss only grows on the north side of trees to guide you through a forest, you're likely to get lost.
Naperville resident Bertrand Leclercq is the fourth monthly winner in the contest, which continues through December 31. Overall contest winners will be chosen from among eight monthly finalists in January 2021.
Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.
If you're counting down the days to a colorful canopy, this map is just for you.
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 Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.
Instead of sunbathing this summer, give forest bathing a try. All you need is a little free time and access to a forested or tree-covered spot.
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.
Most of us try to avoid bats, but creating a welcoming habitat for them may be beneficial.
Dumping unused bait in the water seems like an innocent way to end a fishing trip, but it is detrimental to the health of our waterways.
A trail cam in North Carolina captured an image of what looks like a deer and a raccoon sharing a kiss, leaving scientists a bit perplexed.
Woodpeckers leave both visual and auditory clues of their presence, and with a good eye and a good ear you can see and hear the signs.
If you know of bats living on your property or nearby, you can submit the information to researchers studying bats in Illinois.
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.
Another myth busted: Snakes are not slimy at all.
Time is of the essence if you want to enter the October portion of the Preserve the Moment photo contest, not only because of the monthly deadline, but also because we're entering peak fall color throughout the preserves
Lovebird sandhill cranes along the Old Plank Road Trail weather winter together.
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.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate in waves, and some have already departed for their wintering grounds. But we'll continue to see the birds in Will County for weeks still, so keep filling your feeders.
Squirrels and other rodents are incapable of vomiting. Why they can't is related to their anatomy and physiology.
The three hotels built by 14-year-old Luke Lunde of Manhattan and his crew at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville are attracting solitary bees that nest in cavities and are important pollinators.
The project, which will improve the health and safety of the DuPage River, has been in the planning stages since spring 2019. Once the work begins, it will take about a month to remove the dam and create oxygenating 'riffles' with natural river stones and a new canoe/kayak launch downstream.
12/29/2020: Explore the secrets that our forests hold and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.
11/7/2020: Hear from real bison ranchers about America’s largest land animal.
Birds in Will County come in all shapes, sizes and colors, but it doesn't get any better than spotting a great blue heron gliding over a preserve or patiently stalking its prey on the ground.
Hanging upside down for even a few seconds will leave anyone feeling dizzy and a little lightheaded, so how do bats do it?
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology.
Use this upload tool to enter the annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.
Put your birding knowledge to the test with this 15-question quiz.
Isle a la Cache preserve, a site steeped in history, will be getting some modern upgrades in the coming months to improve visitor experiences.