We're Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

#Take5 and #OptOutside This Thanksgiving Weekend

on Nov 20, 2017 8:31:00 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Recreation
This Black Friday skip the holiday-shopping madness at the mall, and #Take5 and #OptOutside in the DuPage forest preserves. You'll not only avoid the crowds, but also get some fresh air and burn calories. And thanks to an ever-growing body of research that supports the benefits of spending time in nature, you'll reap other rewards, too:
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We're Thankful For Our Volunteers

on Nov 17, 2017 10:51:03 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Volunteer
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers many of its popular events and services with a dedicated corps of volunteers. These individuals not only maintain our long-standing programs but also bring many new experiences to forest preserve visitors. During the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year, 2,255 volunteers contributed 59,449 hours at a value of more than $1.5 million to our organization. This Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for our volunteers who give their time, talents and resources to support our staff, mission and purpose. Thank you, volunteers!
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Feathered Teachers Round Out Willowbrook Team

on Nov 15, 2017 8:09:00 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Natural resources
Willowbrook Wildlife Center's raptor outreach program has been captivating audiences and educating them about conservation and native raptors for more than 30 years. 
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A Walk in the Woods with Our Four-Legged Friends

on Nov 8, 2017 8:07:46 AM By | Jason Halm | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Trails Natural resources Health and wellness Recreation
Strolling through a forest preserve is great; walking with a best friend through a forest preserve is the best. I have a few best friends, but when I want to walk alone but not all the way alone, I love to bring my six-year-old dog, Jacob.
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Fall in Love with Fall in Our Preserves

on Oct 24, 2017 10:04:18 AM By | Jason Halm | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Trails Natural resources Health and wellness Recreation
Fall in DuPage County kicks off with the goldenrod bloom in September, and it’s the first sign that 90-degree days are coming to an end, in a predestined nod to the tipping planet.
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Take 5 and Get Happy

on Sep 15, 2017 9:30:00 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Health and wellness
Whether broadcast on cable news, shared on Facebook or printed in the Conservationist, the word is spreading. Spending time outside — even five minutes — is good for you. Fortunately, with nearly 26,000 acres and 145 miles of trails, you can get a healthier body, sharper mind and happier you without ever leaving the county.
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Fall Faves From the Field

on Sep 14, 2017 8:10:00 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations
Cooler temperatures, fewer bugs and amazing colors make this time of year perfect for outdoor outings. An informal survey of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County employees — those women and men who spend most of their workdays out in the preserves — revealed these especially scenic must-see sites.
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Asters: The Stars of Fall

on Sep 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Natural resources Plants
Asters might very well be the forest preserves’ forgotten flowers. People spend summer gazing at coneflowers, black-eyed Susans and other bright bloomers, but when fall arrives they turn their eyes to the leafy canopies and forget that some DuPage County flowers are still hard at work.
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Born to Burn

on Sep 13, 2017 12:14:16 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments |
In my 22 years with the Forest Preserve District, some of my most cherished memories come from time spent away from my desk and along the prescription burn line. Prescription burns are one of the best tools the District has for keeping prairies, woodlands and wetlands healthy, and it uses them in spring and fall, treating 1,600 acres each year on average.
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Our Colorful Maples

on Sep 12, 2017 2:48:02 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider
When people talk about the spectacular fall colors in DuPage County’s forest preserves, many times they are referring to areas with maple trees. The trees’ yellow, orange and red leaves enrich the fall landscapes and complement the subtler tones of the oaks.
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