Our Top 5 Stories of 2015

2015 was a big year for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County! Below are our top 5 stories of the year. 

5. District Helps Restore Monarch Butterfly Population 

The District distributed 8,000 packets of milkweed seeds in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to support the monarch butterfly population in DuPage County. The District encouraged residents to plant milkweed in their yards to help sustain monarch butterflies in DuPage County.

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4. Dogs Dash to Hawk Hollow Off-Leash Hot Spot 

The area opened Sept. 1 and offers pups with valid permits four separate, fully enclosed fields (one just for dogs under 25 pounds!) an enclosed 1.2-mile limestone trail, and parking for 60.

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3. Golfers Giddy Over Earth Movers at Oak Meadows 

On July 7, the Forest Preserve District broke ground on the 288-acre renovation of the Oak Meadows Golf Preserve. The new 18-hole, par-72 course will open in 2017 and have tee options ranging from 4,800 to 7,100 yards, expanded practice areas, and elevated playing surfaces that will limit recurring flood-related disruptions and damage.

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2. Online Registration Offers Access to Forest Preserve Fun 24/7 

On Oct. 5 visitors to were able to start registering online for their favorite archery and fishing clinics, guided hikes and paddles, wildlife programs, camps and more 24/7. Now, forest preserve fans can add their names to wait lists if programs are full, purchase yearly permits, and reserve campsites, shelters and picnic grounds up to 12 months in advance.

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1. The Forest Preserve District Turns 100

On June 7 the Forest Preserve District officially marked its first 100 years of connecting people to nature. In addition to a special medallion search and its first-ever “bio blitz,” the District opened the 100-mile Century Trail and hosted centennial-themed golf, biking, and hiking challenges, art exhibits, and special events.

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Aging Trees Made Easier
Published 4/15/2016
Born to Burn
Published 11/17/2015
Jeepers, Creepers!
Published 8/20/2015
Fall Faves From the Field
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When Art and Nature Meet
Published 1/1/0001
A Mammoth Celebration
Published 1/1/0001
Establishing Our Roots
Published 1/1/0001
A Thoroughbred Dynasty
Published 4/28/2015
A Focus on Preservation
Published 1/1/0001
Milkweeds for Monarchs
Published 1/1/0001
Five Favorite Events in 2015
Published 12/30/2015
Our Top 5 Stories of 2015
Published 12/28/2015
The Little Things in Life
Published 12/23/2015
2015 Stories
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Stories For Nature
Published 1/1/0001
Stories For 100 Years
Published 1/1/0001
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