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  • Officials holding an oversized check.

    Forest Preserve receives federal funding for Route 66 trail project

    6/2/2023

    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster presented a check for $1.1 million in federal funding to the Forest Preserve District on June 2. The money will be used for a new path that connects the Wauponsee Glacial Trail to Route 66 in Joliet Township. 

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  • Participants take selfies as part of the Take It Outside Challenge.

    Take It Outside Challenge pushing people to 'get out and do something'

    3/28/2023

    Rob Gowens and Samantha Eberhardt are among more than 1,000 people who are participating in the yearlong Take It Outside Challenge. Gowens was looking for something to do in retirement, and Eberhardt is having a blast completing missions with her husband and four children. 

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  • Valuables left in plain sight inside a parked vehicle

    Keep safety in mind as you visit the preserves

    2/14/2023

    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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  • Two men and a child get ready to fish

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

    12/19/2022

    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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  • Aerial view of Lake Chaminwood

    Forest Preserve Board approves balanced 2023 budget

    11/14/2022

    The Forest Preserve District's 2023 budget is balanced and its tax rate will drop 6.46% next year. The spending plan includes money for operations, maintenance and preserve improvement projects. 

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  • Red-spotted sunfish in a tank

    Something fishy is going on at Four Rivers

    11/9/2022

    A dozen state-threatened redspotted sunfish have been added to a 'gorgeous' new 2,000-gallon aquarium at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. The fish ambassadors will educate visitors about the plight of threatened and endangered fish species in Illinois. 

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  • Rev. Adrian Heath at Rock Run Greenway Trail

    The Preserves Are for You: Leading others into nature, one step at a time

    9/6/2022

    The Rev. Adrian Heath grew up on the east side of Joliet where his recreational outings were held mostly indoors. He now leads a ministry that offers free nature outings in area preserves. It's his way of helping others find the peace that nature offers. 

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  • Man in wheelchair on trail with his daughter

    The Preserves Are for You: Dad's love of outdoor recreation shows 'anything is possible'

    8/12/2022

    Born with a tumor on his spine and paralyzed since he was eight months old, Bill Bogdan of Mokena is extremely active in adaptive sports and loves nature. His lifetime of exploring the preserves, especially Hickory Creek Preserve near his home, has inspired his daughter, Hannah, to seek a career in adaptive outdoor recreation. 

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  • Aerial view of Hadley Valley

    Creating connections: trail enhancements in the works for 2022 and beyond

    1/31/2022

    Improvements are coming to the Forest Preserve District's extensive trail system. Some of the work will take place this year, and other projects are part of long-range plans with multiple partners. 

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  • Aerial view of Plum Valley Preserve

    Lasting legacy: Forest Preserve grows by more than 1,500 acres

    1/10/2022

    Some of the land was purchased, some donated and some was transferred from the state.

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Events

Teen Connection

7/17/2024 3:00 PM

Calling all teens looking for some inspiration this summer! Join our recreation coordinator for a hike and time to hang with other teens.

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BYOB Bingo

7/17/2024 6:00 PM

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

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The Buzz

Quiz: Test your hummingbird braininess

7/15/2024

While these bright and beautiful birds can be seen in our area, learn more about these miniature but mighty marvels.

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

7/9/2024

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?

7/8/2024

Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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