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  • The Bartling family (left) and Black family are enjoying exploring the preserves as part of the Take It Outside Challenge.

    Families tackling Take It Outside Challenge to bond … and win!


    Parents and their children have jumped on the yearlong Take It Outside Challenge bandwagon. They're competing together and bonding over shared experiences in nature. 

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  • Valuables left in plain sight inside a parked vehicle

    Keep safety in mind as you visit the preserves


    The Forest Preserve District is reminding visitors to keep safety in mind as they venture out into the preserves to enjoy the milder weather we've been experiencing. Keep valuables locked away, or leave them at home. And travel on trails with a partner whenever possible. 

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  • Volunteers James and Marilyn Evans pose for a photo

    Volunteer valentines: cherishing time outdoors together


    In honor of Valentine's Day, meet three couples who volunteer for the Forest Preserve District. Learn how volunteering provides them with quality time outdoors and a special kind of 'our time.' 

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  • Man in black coat stands along trail with river in the background.

    Walking the Des Plaines: One man’s quest to navigate his hometown river


    A Forest Park man attempting to walk the length of the Des Plaines has been amazed by the size of the river in Will County. His quest has taken him from the river's origin in Wisconsin to its confluence near McKinley Woods in Channahon.

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  • Image of phone featuring Goosechase app and sign in background

    Go on a wild goose chase with our Take It Outside app challenge


    As part of the Forest Preserve District's Take It Outside campaign, the app challenge will have you traversing the county and hiking trails, while earning points with each completed mission.

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  • Take it Outside logo

    'Take It Outside' campaign launched to spark your trek into nature


    A yearlong campaign called 'Take It Outside' is designed to entice you to get back to nature or to discover it for the first time. Look for a special smart phone challenge coming later this month and a focus on showcasing the various preserves and recreation activities throughout the seasons.

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  • Screen images from digital newsletter on birds

    Hey bird nerds! Sign up for our new Flock and Feather digital newsletter


    Now is the time of year when people make resolutions and, this year, ours is to keep finding new ways to connect with the public and share our love of nature.

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  • Common goldeneyes

    Four Rivers hosts yearlong celebration of color


    Learn the language of color by attending a Rivers of Color program at Four Rivers this year. The series culminates in the fall with a 'Golden Opportunities' traveling exhibit from Denver Botanic Gardens. 

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  • Two men and a child get ready to fish

    Forest Preserve surpasses 23,000-acre mark with 2022 acquisitions


    Four acquisitions pushed the Forest Preserve over the 23,000-acre mark in 2022. Land acquisitions will continue in 2023 with the $3 million that is left in a land preservation program fund. 

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  • A bald eagle flies overhead with nesting material.

    Save the dates: Forest Preserve announces 2023 event, exhibition schedule


    The Forest Preserve's 2023 event and exhibition schedule starts off with Eagle Watch in January and continues with food trucks, hummingbird and pelican events; and exhibitions on movement in America, fly fishing tackle and the science behind the color yellow. 

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Volunteer Morning: Sugar Creek Preserve

12/5/2023 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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WonderKids: Who Lives in a Tree?

12/7/2023 10:00 AM

Calling all families with preschoolers! Join us for a hands-on program designed for your little one. 

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Five ways to make the holidays more eco-friendly


The holidays are a festive time — a season to eat, drink and be merry. But all that merriment can create a lot of excess waste. 

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December is prime time for meteor shower viewing


Need a little help to get through the busy holiday season? December is the perfect month for wishing upon a shooting star.

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Meet a Naturalist: Heather Van Zyl, always curious and always learning


Meet Heather Van Zyl, an interpretive naturalist at Plum Creek Nature Center.

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