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  • A dump truck hauling dirt driving through a construction zone.

    Lake Chaminwood loop trail section closed for path connection, fishing pier project


    A portion of the Lake Chaminwood loop trail in Channahon is closed for a Forest Preserve District path connection and fishing pier project. 

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  • A man shows off his harmonicas.

    Healing With Nature: As time ticks by, ‘Harmonica Jack’ makes beautiful music in nature


    In the third installment of the Forest Preserve's Healing With Nature series, Beecher resident John Keslin talks about how he's still having fun playing the harmonica in nature, even though he is facing serious health issues. 

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  • Image showing logo for Take It Outside challenge on green background with selfies of participants

    Join the popular Take It Outside Challenge this summer for free, nature-themed fun


    The Summer Soiree challenge is the perfect way for families to spend time together while the kids are out of school, for couples to bond and get in shape and for individuals to explore the preserves and make new friends. 

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  • A dog runs through the grass at a dog park.

    Half-price dog park permits now on sale


    Half-price dog park permits are now available for purchase online and at Forest Preserve visitor centers. The permits went on sale July 1 and they can be used at all six Forest Preserve dog parks through the end of 2024.

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  • A band plays on a stage in front of an audience.

    Surf-n-Turf concert blends live music, kayaking at Monee Reservoir on July 13


    The Forest Preserve District's free, family-friendly Surf-n-Turf concert is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Monee Reservoir. Listen to classic rock music from a kayak on the water or take in the tunes from the lawn area. Food trucks will be on site to sell food.

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  • A man and women pose with a large check.

    Foundation donates $33,400 to Forest Preserve District


    The Forest Preserve District received a $33,400 donation check from The Nature Foundation of Will County. The funds will be used for bicycle racks, fish derby stocking, educational programs and the Take It Outside Challenge. 

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  • Collage showing the selfies of the Spring Fling winners

    Spring Take It Outside Challenge winners say patience and ‘a little luck’ led to their success


    The spring Take It Outside Challenge wrapped up on June 15 with seven first-place winners, more than 650 participants and 25,000 missions completed. The Summer Soiree challenge begins June 30 with a new batch of fun, nature-themed missions throughout the preserves. 

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  • An aerial view of a recent trail extension of Veterans Memorial Trail

    Forest Preserve Board invests in nature with $50 million bond issue for preservation, restoration


    Bond sale revenue will allow the District to preserve more green space for future generations and add access to open areas so people can reap the physical and mental benefits of being in nature.

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  • Trio of teen summer programs will include hiking and kayaking


    Teenagers are invited to sign up for three summer programs that are designed specifically for them. Two Teen Connection programs and one kayaking program will be offered in July and August. Teens can connect with others and try something new. 

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  • Officials stand together and cut a ribbon.

    Multimillion-dollar federal ecosystem restoration project protects Will County 'gem'


    A ribbon-cutting was held on May 31 for an $8.3 million ecosystem restoration project at Prairie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve. The six-year Army Corps of Engineers' project restored and enhanced prairie and hydrology at the two sites. 

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Lake Renwick Migratory Bird Viewing

7/13/2024 8:00 AM

See the dazzling spectacle of nesting herons, egrets and cormorants at our weekly bird viewings at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

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Volunteer Morning: Sugar Creek Preserve

7/13/2024 8:00 AM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community by attending one or more of the Forest Preserve’s volunteer mornings.

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The Buzz

Nature curiosity: How do flies find garbage and other stinky things?


How do flies find garbage and other sources of stink so fast? They rely on their antennae to help them hone in.

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Quiz: What's your luna moth IQ?


Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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The dog days of summer are here, but it doesn't mean what you think


The dog days of summer are here, both literally and metaphorically. Be sure to stay safe outdoors during periods of high heat and humidity.

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