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  • Visitors at Four Rivers participate in an interpretive program.

    ‘This place is so cool!’: Four Rivers embraces visitors of all abilities 

    2/2/2024

    A recent visit by a group from Little Friends in Warrenville highlighted just how welcoming the Forest Preserve's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is to all people, regardless of abilities. The site is now nationally accredited for inclusivity, which means all are welcome and all can participate. 

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  • An exterior view of Hidden Oaks Nature Center

    Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be closed for renovation for most of 2024 starting Feb. 19

    1/25/2024

    Hidden Oaks Nature Center is getting a major makeover. Extensive renovations and improvements will require the nature center to be closed for much of 2024 starting Feb. 19. The preserve will close periodically for some outdoor renovation work, as needed. The projects will not affect Hidden Lakes Trout Farm. 

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  • A wedding couple embracing by a river.

    Shopping for a wedding venue? Check out Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

    1/22/2024

    Four Rivers Environmental Education Center features an eco-friendly venue for weddings and events. The popular site includes reception space, indoor and outdoor ceremony options, staff to assist with bookings and vendors, and beautiful scenery for photos.  

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  • Two men hold an award.

    Sand Ridge Savanna restoration effort earns Chicago Wilderness award

    1/19/2024

    Extensive, multiyear restoration efforts at the Forest Preserve District's Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve have earned an "Excellence in Ecological Restoration" award from Chicago Wilderness. The District received the award on Jan. 17 at a “Celebration of Conservation” banquet at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. 

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

    Join the 2024 Take It Outside Challenge, which comes with a twist

    1/16/2024

    It's time to get in gear, Goosechasers, because the 2024 Take It Outside Challenge has begun. This year's challenge will be offered in four seasonal competitions. 

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  • Annette Parker and Meta Mueller

    Parker takes over as Forest Preserve Board president

    1/8/2024

    Annette Parker of Crest Hill took over as president of the Forest Preserve Board in December. She will serve a one-year term. She succeeds Meta Mueller of Aurora. 

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  • Plum Creek Greenway Trail

    Making connections: Forest Preserve's countywide trail network continues to grow

    12/11/2023

    The Forest Preserve's operations committee took action recently that will pave the way for more trail projects as the District works to connect and extend the countywide trail system. 

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  • A person snowshoeing.

    Don't hibernate, recreate this winter!

    11/28/2023

    The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of recreational opportunities in winter including hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. With more than 135 miles of trails, 40 preserves, two sled hills and six dog parks, there are many ways to stay active. 

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  • A woman in a wheelchair looks at an interpretive sign.

    Four Rivers receives National Inclusion Project’s first-ever nature center accreditation

    11/14/2023

    The National Inclusion Project’s first nature center accreditation in the country has been awarded to the Forest Preserve District’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Months in the making, the accreditation shows Four Rivers is a facility where all visitors, regardless of ability-level, can participate. 

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  • A black dog balances a purple tennis ball on its nose.

    Treat your pup to a 2024 dog park permit

    10/30/2023

    2024 dog park permits are on sale now. Permits are good for off-leash play at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks through the end of 2023 and all of 2024. They can be purchased at five visitor centers or online. 

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Events

BYOB Bingo

6/12/2024 6:00 PM

Let’s socialize while playing bingo outdoors in the beautiful setting of Hickory Creek Preserve!

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Teacher Appreciation

6/13/2024 10:00 AM

Teachers, before the workload of a new school year begins, come enjoy a revitalizing day at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center.

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The Buzz

Quiz: Are you an expert on opossums?

6/8/2024

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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New tick sighting in Illinois a reminder to be vigilant

6/7/2024

An invasive tick called the Asian longhorned tick has been discovered for the first time in Illinois.

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Quiz: Are you a monarch master?

6/6/2024

Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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