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‘Woods Walk’ Hiking Challenge Has Begun

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.

A primer for bringing your pooch to a preserve

Follow these rules to protect your pup and the preserves.

Scavenger Hunt Fun Added to 'Found Objects Art Trail'

Grab a flyer and search for the individual items that make up seven sculptures along Snapper Pond Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.

2020 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest Underway

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.

Plum Creek Nature Center

The Plum Creek Nature Center offers visitors a place to explore the natural world, with hands-on exhibits and interactive play elements.

Plum Creek Greenway Trail

The Plum Creek Greenway Trail travels 3.15 miles through Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve.

Morning Bird Hike

12/12/2020: Join an interpretive naturalist for this guided hike through the preserve in search of our winter residents.

Creature Feature: The Predatory Great Horned Owl

The great horned owl is most well known from storybooks and folklore, because it is the owl that makes the famous hooting call.

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve has two shelters available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Creative Crafts and Chat: Book-page Wreath (Zoom webinar)

12/5/2020: Make your own upcycled wreath from book pages and learn something new along the way.

Creature Feature: The Loud and Imposing Red-Tailed Hawk

That hawk soaring overhead or perched atop a light pole is probably a red-tailed hawk. Learn more about these high-flying birds.

Forest Preserve Dog Parks Now Open

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.

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.

2020 Picnic and Camping Permits Now on Sale

Permits can be purchased online or in person at Forest Preserve visitor centers on a first-come, first-served basis.

DuPage River Trail

The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 40 miles from Channahon north into DuPage County.

Can You Identify These 15 Birds? Take the Test to Find Out

Birding can be a rewarding experience, but also tricky in getting those identifications just right.

Bridge Photo Carries New Lenox Man to Photo Contest Win

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.

McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Lake Renwick Preserve

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center is located on Renwick Road, east of Route 30, in Plainfield.

Creature Feature: The Mysterious Mink

The mysterious mink lives across Illinois, but are not often seen by humans.

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.

Quiz: How Good is Your Great Blue Heron Knowledge?

Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge of these amazing birds.

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.

Be a Zero! A Zero Waster Series: How to be Zero Waste for Halloween (Zoom webinar)

10/1/2020: Don’t want plastic to be a part of your Halloween? Learn how you can make a zero-waste plan for Halloween for this year's holiday celebration.


The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.

Hey Folks, Nature Is Not A Petting Zoo. Leave The Animals Alone

The wildlife you see in the preserves and elsewhere is just that — wild. The preserves aren't petting zoos, and people should not touch or otherwise handle animals they encounter.

Bids and RFP Information

Throughout the year, the Forest Preserve District of Will County undertakes many challenging projects.

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.'

Strike a Pose: Praying Mantis Close-Up Captures Photo Contest Win

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.

Hickory Creek Barrens

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.

Hummingbirds Have Already Started Migrating, But Don't Pack Away Your Feeders Yet

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.


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.

Five Fascinating Facts About the Monarch Super Generation

The monarchs you see at this time of the year are truly special, part of a 'super generation' different than the previous three generations.

Creature Feature: Turkey Vultures Do Nature's Dirty Work

Turkey vultures are raptors just like eagles and hawks, but there are a few things that set them apart.

Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction

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.

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