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March 2017
Flowery Spring Show is Underway
Each year an amazing natural spectacle unfolds in the forest preserves of Will County, and that dance has already begun.
Forest Preserve Hosts Backyard Conservation Program Kickoff
Learn how to create a nature-friendly backyard that is hospitable to native species by joining the "Conservation@Home" program.
Forest Preserve Outlines Priorities at Legislators' Breakfast
The District hosted a legislators' breakfast to acquaint state representatives and senators with its priorities.
Join Us for a Volunteer Workday
Help improve the forest preserves by gathering valuable seeds or removing invasive species.
Students Learn About River Careers at Four Rivers in Channahon
More than 80 local juniors and seniors came out for the "Who Works the Rivers" program.
Volunteers Needed at Lake Renwick
Training dates are set for Wednesday, April 5 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 am and Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
February 2017
Feathered Friends Flock to Four Rivers
The 'Wings on the River' display at the 'Water|Ways' exhibit features birds on loan from the Field Museum.
Five Ways Nature Can Keep You Healthy
We all have heard that spending time in nature can be good for us but here's some top reasons why, and how a growing collection of research seems to be providing some proof.
Lockport Prairie to Reopen after Four-Month Closure
The Forest Preserve District of Will County's Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve will reopen to the public on Wednesday, March 1.
The Rescues of Plum Creek Nature Center
Meet the quartet of creatures ruling the roost.
Wild Mating Rituals
Some species put on quite a display when looking for romance.
Will County Added to Gypsy Moth Quarantine List
Will County will be added to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's gypsy moth quarantine program sometime this spring.
January 2017
A Miller's Tale
Tucked away at the southern tip of Hammel Woods, near the small dam across the DuPage River, was the site of a flour mill and the origin of Shorewood.
Get Your Fishing Fix at 'Fishing Facts' Program
Anglers who want to know where the biggest fish or the greatest number of fish might be lurking in Forest Preserve District of Will County lakes are encouraged to attend a "Fishing Facts" program on Wednesday, February 8, at Plum Creek Nature Center.
Goldman Sachs Wins Award for Forest Preserve Volunteer Work
Volunteer work performed by Goldman Sachs employees on behalf of the Forest Preserve District of Will County has earned the company the Illinois Park and Recreation Associationís Advocacy Award.
Joliet Iron Works Tells Story of City's Melting Pot
For 60 years, it lay all but forgotten. But in 1998, the District opened the parcel of land to the public, offering a glimpse into Joliet's past.
Learn to ID Animal Tracks at New Museum Exhibit
This new exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum will help you identify the critters that have previously crossed your path.
Online Voting for Forest Photo Contest Begins January 10
Around 160 intrepid shutterbugs submitted more than 700 photos to the Forest Preserve District of Will Countyís inaugural Preserve the Moment photo contest and now it's the public's turn to vote for the winner.
Whalon Barn Lives On After Removal
Every hook, rusty chain, pulley, nail, hinge and board that could be salvaged from the Whalon Lake Barn was salvaged as the structure was removed recently from its forest preserve home in Naperville.
Workshops Scheduled for Volunteer Plant Monitors
Native plant enthusiasts who are interested in monitoring rare and endangered species in Will County forest preserves are being encouraged to sign up for a training workshop.
December 2016
Bundle Up for Winter Birding
If you love bird-watching in the spring, summer and fall, don't stop in the winter, because there is a whole host of avian characters to observe.
Five Reasons to Enjoy Nature This Winter
It's cold outside, but you still can have a howling good time.
Forest Preserve Volunteer Wins Naperville Youth Service Award
Forest Preserve District of Will County volunteer Grace Xu recently received a 2016 Naperville Youth Service Award.
Preserve Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign
Friends of the Forest Preserve District is inviting forest preserve fans to donate to its "Restore Will County" fundraising effort.
Restoring Kankakee Sands
How do you make an ornate box turtle happy? Correct the flow of water to its wetland home to keep the soil moist all summer long.
Sign up for a Forest Preserve Workday
As winter sets in and forest preserve flora wanes, it's the perfect time to clear away woody invasive species.
November 2016
A Final Look at the Whalon Lake Barn
The barn had no purpose within the District and would have required excessive repairs, so it will be removed.
Donate to a Deserving Dozen Species this Holiday Season
Chicago Wilderness launched its "One Home: A Campaign to Support our Species" in September and donations are being accepted through Nov. 29.
Forest Preserve Bridges Link People and Nature
Bridges of all shapes and sizes are sprinkled throughout the District, but a trio of trestles is noteworthy because of the history, location and design of each bridge.
Forest Preserve District Celebrates 90th Anniversary
The Forest Preserve District of Will County was created by referendum on Nov. 2, 1926, and it has grown to nearly 22,000 acres today.
Forest Preserve's Bike Donation Program Picks Up Speed
The Forest Preserve District's "Recycle Your Bicycle" program hit a new high during an October collection event at Monee Reservoir.
Laughton Preserve is a Woodland Oasis
The 430-acre Laughton Preserve, located on Wallingford Road in Wilton Township, contains remnants of land that present a rich and colorful history.
Program Aides Needed at Isle a la Cache
Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville is looking for interpreter aides to assist with programs.
Small Cemetery Linked to Lockport's First Settler
The three gravesites at Runyon Preserve contain the remains of Anna Hornbecker Runyon, Winfred Runyon and Oliver Runyon, the first wife and two sons of Armstead Runyon, the first settler in Lockport.
October 2016
Vermont Cemetery: From Human History to Natural History
When the District accepted the cemetery donation in 1998, it was a prized acquisition.
Will County Forest Preserve Volunteer Wins Award
Volunteer John Nerren has been named an Outstanding Citizen Volunteer of the year by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD).
September 2016
Forest Preserve Districtís Newsletter Goes Digital
The Forest Preserve District of Will Countyís digital newsletter, The Citizen, launches next week, so now is the time to subscribe to the new online publication.
Help Preserve the Preserves as a Volunteer
There are ample opportunities to help enhance biodiversity in the District and to keep the preserves healthy and teeming with native flora and fauna.
Interactive Map Updated for Mobile Devices
The Forest Preserve District of Will County's interactive map, which debuted in 2014 for desktop computers, is now compatible with mobile devices.
McKinley Woods' History Once Housed CCC Camp, German POWs
McKinley Woods is one of the oldest preserves owned and managed by the District.
Save the Date for Musher Mania
Mark your calendars for one of the Forest Preserve's most popular events!
Volunteer on National Public Lands Day
Join in this year's National Public Lands Day by volunteering for the Forest Preserve at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville.
Volunteer Spotlight: John Mittelbrun
John Mittelbrun first came to the District as a volunteer in 2009 after attending an open house at Isle a la Cache Museum.
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