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  • An indigo bunting perches on a stump.

    Monthlong Migration Celebration lands at Four Rivers


    Stop in at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in May to take part in fun bird migration activities. The special program lineup includes a Where the Feathers Meet the Flash photo contest. 

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  • A line of cyclists travel on a crushed limestone trail.

    Pump your brakes on the trails to improve safety for all


    Use proper trail etiquette to avoid injuries on Forest Preserve trails this year. The paths are multi-use, which means everyone has to share the space. 

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  • A bald eagle and its eaglet in a nest.

    Bald eagle nesting update: We have confirmed seven eaglets in four nests


    The bald eagle population has been booming in Will County in recent years, and we're monitoring four active nests. 

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  • Two excavators set a metal foot bridge in place.

    Bridge installed over I&M Canal as work continues on Lake Chaminwood trail connection project


    Work on a trail extension project that will connect Lake Chaminwood Preserve to the I&M Canal Trail in Channahon jumped a big hurdle on April 19 when a bridge was installed over the canal. The project will continue through mid- to late June. 

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  • A man poses with a fish.

    Bait your hook for some fishing derby fun at Hidden Lakes in 2024


    Anglers will have fun competing in fishing derbies at Hidden Lakes Trout Farm in Bolingbrook this summer. The derbies will be for kids in June and all ages in September. 

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  • A man stands on a trail in a forest preserve.

    Healing With Nature: Combat veteran finds his ‘flow’ on forest preserve paths


    The next installment of the Healing With Nature series features Nick Wallace of Joliet. The combat veteran and former Marine sergeant picked up 70 bags of trash at a preserve recently. He said being in nature reduces his anxiety and provides pure enjoyment.  

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  • An adaptive all-terrain wheelchair

    New all-terrain wheelchair available for public use at Four Rivers


    An adaptive all-terrain wheelchair is now available for public use at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The GRIT Freedom Chair – Spartan Model can be used by people of all ages and abilities. 

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  • Winter, spring, summer and fall are shown in this collage.

    Get your competitive juices flowing with Spring Fling Take It Outside Challenge


    The next seasonal Take It Outside Challenge kicks off on April 14. Participants will compete in the Spring Fling to earn points and prizes. So, grab your sneakers and get going! 

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  • A few of the Take It Outside challenge first-place winners.

    800 participants get serious 'Winter Workout' in first seasonal Take It Outside Challenge


    The winter Take It Outside Challenge ended March 30 with more than 30 people completing all 110 missions to land in first place. The next seasonal challenge starts April 14. 

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  • A cinnamon teal, with its brown body, is seen in the middle surrounded by blue-winged teals.

    Rare bird alert: For first time ever, cinnamon teal spotted in Will County


    A cinnamon teal has been spotted in Crete, which is the first time this bird has ever been reported in Will County. 

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Volunteer Morning: Keepataw Preserve

5/30/2024 9:00 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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Wild Child on the Road: Hammel Woods

5/31/2024 10:00 AM

We are taking Wild Child on the road this season visiting different preserves around Will County, and in May we are visiting Hammel Woods.

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The Buzz

What was life like since Brood XIII cicadas emerged? Take a trip down memory lane


How much has changed since the Brood XIII cicadas last emerged in 2007? Well, back then the iPhone was brand new. And so was the Netflix streaming service. But not everything is much different than it was in 2007.

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Quiz: Test your beaver brainpower


We all know the saying "busy as a beaver," but how much do you really know about these buck-toothed rodents?

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Nature curiosity: Why does grass look greener after a storm?


It's not just rain that helps keep your grass green. Lightning plays a role too. 

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