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Channahon Woman’s Squirrel Photo Wins September Forest Preserve Contest

Channahon resident Barbara Parisi’s picture of squirrels locked in a heartwarming hug at McKinley Woods won the September portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment photo contest. The photo will be one of eight finalists competing for top honors after the contest concludes on December 31. A mother and baby fox…

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Forest Preserve Offers Sandhill Crane, Turtle, Owl and History Programs

November 2 is the deadline to sign up for “The Sandhill Crane Experience,” presented by the Forest Preserve District of Will County on November 17. Travel to Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana to view the area where historically, large numbers of sandhill cranes gather to feed and rest during their annual fall migration. –Photo…

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Crappie Restocking at Monee Reservoir

Nearly 3,000 crappie hatchlings were let loose recently in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir. To learn more about this fish stocking operation and how it is done, check out the online video at bit.ly/moneefish. Ever wonder how Forest Preserve District of Will County lakes are stocked with fish? This task falls under the…

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Forest Preserve District of Will County News Briefs

Where is your favorite forest preserve “Happy Place?” For Denise Steffen, a Forest Preserve District of Will County employee, it’s a spot that features two mighty oaks along the Hickory Creek Bikeway in New Lenox Township. Read Steffen’s story at bit.ly/willcohappy, and then consider sharing your own story with the district. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff/Glenn…

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Fall Forest Preserve Programs Feature Spooky Stories, Photography, History

Tour the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Joliet Iron Works Historic Site on November 3 to learn how Joliet was nicknamed the “City of Steel and Stone” and hear stories of the men who worked at the Iron Works site. –Photo courtesy of Melissa Rainford Channahon: “Spooks and Stories” is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m., on Thursday, October 25,…

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Forest Preserve District of Will County Is Summer Home to Sandhill Cranes

A sandhill crane couple has taken up residence along Old Plank Road Trial in New Lenox. Denise Steffen, the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s director of information technology, spotted the birds and thought they looked like an old married couple, so she named them Abel and Mabel. Learn more about these captivating creatures at bit.ly/willcocranes.  –Photo…

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Draw Owls, Hike for Birds or Join a Craft Club during October Nature Programs

Learn how to draw owls with shading and texture at “Drawing Owls: Art Program at Thorn Creek,” on October 14. –Photo courtesy of Kevin Keyes Park Forest: “Drawing Owls” art program at Thorn Creek will be held from 1-2 p.m., on Sunday, October 14, at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Artist Pat Moore will teach the basics of realistic…

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Migratory White Pelicans Return to McKinley Woods

Migratory American white pelicans have returned to the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s McKinley Woods in Channahon, as they rest for their trip south for the winter. They also have been known to stop at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield. Find out more about these amazing birds at bit.ly/willcopelicans. –Forest Preserve Staff…

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Forest Preserve October Offerings Include History, Halloween and Hound Programs

Romeoville: “Living History Demonstration” is scheduled for Sundays, October 7, November 4, and December 2, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum. Experience 18th-Century fur trading activities up close and personal. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program. Beecher: “Meet a Beekeeper” will be held…

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Forest Preserve Feature of the Week: ‘Spider Season Has Arrived in a Big Way’

Spider season has arrived, so webs are all around. Have you walked into a spider web recently? It’s not surprising. This time of year mature spiders are spinning away, preparing to lay eggs, but don’t squash that bug. Instead, learn more about spiders and why they are an important part of the ecosystem at bit.ly/spiderseason. –Photo by…

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Join a ‘BioBlitz’ on Saturday, September 8, at Runyon Preserve

A “BioBlitz,” will be held from 9-11 a.m. this Saturday, September 8, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Runyon Preserve in Lockport. Explore Fiddyment Creek and participate in activities organized by the Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group. Nets and other supplies will be provided. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program. Visit bit.ly/runyonbioblitz for…

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Volunteers Sought for Forest Preserve District of Will County Workdays

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is looking for volunteers who can help staff a series of workdays running from October through December. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff For those who have been thinking about joining a Forest Preserve District of Will County volunteer workday, now is the perfect time to give it a…

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Forest Preserve Offers Pelican Hike, Zombie Apocalypse Training and Bike Recycling Programs

Join a naturalist for a “Pelican Pursuit” hike on October 6 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s McKinley Woods in Channahon to look for pelicans, which visit the site twice a year during migration. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff Monee: “Recycle Your Bicycle” is scheduled from 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays -Sundays, October 2-14, at the Forest Preserve District…

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Forest Preserve District Feature of the Week: Training with K-9 Jullo

Enjoy the dog days of summer by viewing a Forest Preserve District of Will County video featuring K-9 Jullo and his partner, Sgt. Dean Klier. Watch Jullo tackle an obstacle course and sniff out hidden items, then learn more about what the dog is like when he’s off duty. The video titled “Training with Jullo…

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Com Ed, Openlands Grant Will Improve Forest Preserve Dragonfly Habitat

A $10,000 Green Region Program grant from Com Ed and Openlands will help restore 39 acres at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Prairie Bluff Preserve in Crest Hill. The restoration effort provides a feeding ground and buffer habitat for federally-endangered Hine’s emerald dragonflies living in the nearby Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve. –Photo courtesy…

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Say Goodbye to Summer; Welcome Fall at Forest Preserve Programs

Enjoy a fall kayaking trip during the Forest Preserve District’s “Fall Color Paddle” on September 29, at McKinley Woods in Channahon. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff Joliet: The final “Rock the Woods!” concert will take place on Friday, August 31, from 6 – 9 p.m., at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Lower Rock Run Preserve – I&M Canal Access.…

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