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Photo Frames encourage Visitors to ‘Share the View’

“Share the View” forest frames are popping up in nine Forest Preserve District of Will County preserves. Take a photo with the frame, share the shot on social media using the hashtag #sharetheview, and tag the District to be entered into a monthly prize pool. (Photo by Forest Preserve staff)

The Forest Preserve District of Will County wants residents to “Share the View” at preserves that will soon feature jumbo-size photo frames.

The 4-by-6 foot woodsy frames – which are adorned with the District’s mascot, Willy the Woodchuck – are popping up this month at scenic spots throughout the district. Participants are encouraged to take photos with the frames and post the shots on social media.

Once one has the perfect view or pose, post the photos to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag the Forest Preserve District in the posts with @willcoforests and use the hashtag #sharetheview so everyone will see the posts. Once a month, organizers will randomly select a participant to receive an insulated messenger bag as a prize.

Frames started going up in early May and will remain in the preserves through November, so there is plenty of time to get photos during the changing seasons.

“The purpose of the ‘Share the View’ program is to provide a new and fun way for the public to record their experiences in a Will County Forest Preserve and to share the beauty of the preserves with family and friends,” said Ralph Schultz, the district’s chief operating officer.

Frames are at these preserves: Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Junction, Isle a la Cache, Kankakee Sands Preserve, McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove, Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, Monee Reservoir and Whalon Lake.

The “Share the View” program is sponsored by the Nature Foundation of Will County. For information on additional Forest Preserve programs and events, visit

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