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 320-acre Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres.
The forest preserves provide hikers and runners with beautiful trails throughout the county, making them convenient no matter where you live.
The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.
The 249-acre Whalon Lake was acquired between 1992 and 2007. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.
9/2/2020: Learn about safe paddling in Will County and the potential hazards that can exist on the waterways.
Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.
Test your knowledge on these little-known creatures.
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.
The 60-acre Joliet Junction Trail was acquired between 2000 and 2002. Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, it was an abandoned railroad
8/18/2020: Learn how turn the mundane into a physical fitness opportunity.
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.
Find out by answering these 10 questions.
Monarch populations continue to plummet, but there are things you can do to help.
The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.
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.
9/19/2020: Join Forest Preserve staff as we pedal the beautiful trails of Will County.
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.
8/11/2020: Learn the best way to ensure your safety and physical progress while biking in the preserves.
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.
9/5/2020: Join Forest Preserve staff as we pedal the beautiful trails of Will County.
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.
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.