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Weber Family's 'Happy Place': Hiking at Hammel Woods

Where is your forest preserve 'Happy Place?' For the Webers of Joliet, Hammel Woods is their go-to spot for hikes.

Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike

11/15/2020: Start the day off right with some self-care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection.

Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike

12/6/2020: Start the day off right with some self care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection.

Earin Land’s 'Happy Place': Melting Away the Pounds and the Past on the Wauponsee

For Earin Land, the Wauponsee Glacial Trail is his 'Happy Place' because it keeps him fit both mentally and physically, and it's 'a wonderful ride.'

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.

Debi Shapiro’s ‘Happy Place’ – making memories with her mom at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

A Lockport woman has fond memories of her 'Happy Place' outings with her ill mother at Rock Run Rookery Preserve.

Greg Duffner’s Happy Place: Commuting on the Old Plank Road Trail is ‘Good for the Soul'

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.

Stellato Family’s ‘Happy Place’: Loving Nature and Removing Litter at Hammel Woods

Vince Stellato is teaching his two sons to appreciate and absorb nature and to pick up litter on their fequent jaunts to Hammel Woods.

Virtual Field Trip Program a Hit with Educators

More than 90 online field trip programs have been scheduled or have already taken place as educators seek to keep their students engaged in environmental education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Retired Carpenter Nails Perfect Shot for June Photo Contest Win

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.


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

28-Inch Catfish Is Biggest Beast In This Year's 'Big Fish' Contest

Three anglers will receive $100 gift cards for hooking the biggest bass, catfish and panfish, and one grand prize winner was drawn from all the entries.

Coming in 2020: Pelican Watch, Food Truck Fridays, Zombies, and More

The 2020 special event schedule features a wide variety of offerings for all ages and interests.

Calendar Dog, Dumped at High-Kill Shelter, Still Needs A Home

Lollipop, who was dumped by her family shortly after giving birth to a litter of puppies, was rescued by the Will County Humane Society. The 1-year-old dog, who has medically gone from a "hot mess express" to a miracle case, now needs a loving home.

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