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Will County Forest Preserve

Fungi Photo Wins Forest Preserve November Contest

A shimmering shot of pumpkin-colored shelf fungi took top honors in November’s portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment photo contest. Mandy Bellamy of Lowell, Ind., snapped the winning photo at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve. Bellamy said she visits the preserves around two or three times per month. A tip…

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Forest Preserve District of Will County News Updates

Buy ‘green’ gifts – and edible bugs – at Plum Creek Nature Center: Searching for something a bit special this Christmas season? Consider buying some “green” gifts at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. The gift shop has been revamped to include environmentally friendly and nature-themed items, as…

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Bundle Up and Head to Isle a la Cache for Winter Programs

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum and preserve in Romeoville will host three winter-oriented programs in late December and early January. So bundle up and save the dates for the following programs. December 29: “Stories in the Snow,” from 10:30 a.m. – noon; Hunt for clues, including animal tracks in…

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Forest Preserve’s Woodchuck Mascot Branches Out with New Kid-Oriented Website

After beginning his career as a Forest Preserve District of Will County newsletter columnist in the 1980s, and then morphing into a full-sized furry 3D mascot, Willy the Woodchuck is branching out with his own Willy’s Wilderness website. The woodchuck’s website, willyswilderness.org, debuted November 14 and is chock-full of fun craft projects, interesting nature stories,…

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Forest Preserve District Unveils 2019 Lineup of Special Events

Next year, 2019, will be filled with a wide variety of exciting recreational, educational and artistic offerings from the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Here is an overview of what’s to come: Snow Day Festival: Saturday, January 19, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. Meet mushers and their sled dogs, enjoy ice sculpting…

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Forest Preserve District of Will County News Briefs

Slithering Snake Snares October Photo Contest Win A snake slithering through silvery bridge slats on the I&M Canal Trail in Lockport won the October portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment photo contest. The picture was taken by Lisa Dinges of Lockport, who normally looks for owls, eagles or deer…

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Plum Valley Preserve Access Area/Dog Park Opens

The Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s sixth off-leash dog park, opened November 9, in Crete Township. The access area, at the southeast corner of Burville Road and Route 394, includes a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 people, a nine-acre dog park,…

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2019 Forest Preserve Dog Park Permits On Sale

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is selling 2019 dog park permits. Permits are good for the remainder of 2018 through December 31, 2019. They may be purchased online at ReconnectWithNature.org or in person at three district visitor centers, including Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and…

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Groundbreaking Signals Next Phase of Normantown Trail Project

A groundbreaking ceremony held Monday, October 29, at Rockwell Lane in Plainfield signaled another chapter in the multiyear, multijurisdictional Normantown Trail project. The Forest Preserve District of Will County will extend the trail 0.85-mile, from 111th Street in Naperville south to Rockwell Lane in Plainfield, at a cost of $300,000. The project possibly could begin…

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Forest Preserve Offers Nature-Themed Holiday Programs

The holidays are almost here, and if you’re looking for ways to kick-start the celebrations, check out the craft, caroling and campfire programs offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Here is a roundup of the holiday-themed programs coming in December: *Deck the Halls with Nature…

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Forest Preserve Offers Craft / Nature Programs

Channahon: “Deck the Halls with Nature Crafts” (two sessions) will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 1, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. Create nature-themed holiday decorations, while sipping on hot chocolate and listening to festive music. All crafting abilities are welcome, with materials provided. The all-ages…

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News from the County Forest Preserve District

L-WC High School teacher tackles ‘Woods Walk’ challenge – in one day. Taking the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Woods Walk” challenge at a leisurely pace wasn’t an option for Lincoln-Way Central teacher Coley O’Connell of Jackson Township. He walked all 10 trails segments in one very long day. Read about his trail trek…

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