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  • A large collection of fishing line waiting to be recycled.

    Recycle your fishing line to avoid injuring or killing wildlife


    The Forest Preserve District has 30 fishing line recycling containers installed at fishing locations for anglers to properly dispose of their broken or unneeded monofilament. The goal is to eliminate fishing line from the environment and to protect wildlife in the preserves. 

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

    I&M Canal State Trail and Lake Chaminwood loop trail sections closed for connection project


    Sections of the I&M Canal State Trail and the Lake Chaminwood loop trail in Channahon are closed for a Forest Preserve District trail connection project. 

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  • A white and brown dog walks on a path

    Leash your dog in the preserves or risk being ticketed


    Off-leash dogs are not allowed in the forest preserves other than inside the dog parks. If your dog is loose, you could be ticketed. Off-leash dogs scare other preserve visitors and their pets and the loose dogs could be harmed themselves or do damage to the environment. 

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  • There are plenty of reasons to join our Take It Outside challenge. What's yours?


    The first seasonal challenge of this year's Take It Outside campaign has seen many new participants as well as returning participants from last year as the community of nature lovers continues to build up steam.

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  • Stock up on seeds at Isle a la Cache Museum


    Herb, veggie and flower seed packets are available for purchase at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. The seeds, many of which are heirloom varieties from Seed Savers Exchange, cost $3.50 per packet or five for $15. 

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  • A view of a limestone house and red barn.

    'Raising Riverview' exhibit explores Will County's farm roots


    A new exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum highlights Will County's agricultural past and the Clow family that settled in Wheatland Township on land that is now part of Riverview Farmstead Preserve. The 'Raising Riverview' exhibit runs through May 31. 

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  • A man wearing a helmet rides his bike on a trail.

    Cruise the County with springtime biking challenge


    Cruise the County, the Forest Preserve District's springtime challenge, will take bicyclists on a ride through the county's natural resources, historical sites and community hubs. Participants will pedal more than 50 miles on four trails from March 1 through May 31. 

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  • A woman in a blue jacket stands in a forest preserve with water in the background.

    Healing With Nature: Outdoor walks help Naperville woman lose 100 pounds


    Julie Jacobsen, a 54-year-old Naperville resident, says being outside was an essential part of her weight loss journey. In the process, she says she became healthier, happier and more fulfilled than she ever has as an adult. 

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  • Officials pose with an oversized check.

    Foundation donates $39,950 to Forest Preserve programs, initiatives


    Tara Neff, executive director of The Nature Foundation of Will County, presented the Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners with a first-quarter 2024 donation check at the Feb. 8 Board meeting. The donation will be used for a variety of Forest Preserve programs and initiatives. 

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  • A woman wearing black stands in a prairie.

    Nature Foundation kicks off 2024 with new leader, new garden tour event


    The Nature Foundation of Will County is starting 2024 with a new leader, a new garden tour event and a host of activities, including native plant sales, that are designed to raise money for Forest Preserve District programs and initiatives.

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Four Rivers Story Trail: 'Cicada Symphony'

5/23/2024 8:00 AM

Enjoy the book 'Cicada Symphony' along the Four Rivers Story Trail.

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First Time Fishing

5/23/2024 5:30 PM

Learn rod-and-reel fishing basics, safety and ethics plus try some shoreline fishing for yourself in this program for beginners. 

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The Buzz

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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Quiz: How smart are you about salamanders?


Take this quiz to see how much you know about the salamanders that can be found in Will County.

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