Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County welcomes more than 6.2 million visitors a year; and manages nearly 26,000 acres in 60 forest preserves containing prairies, woodlands and wetlands.

Recent Posts

Pop, Pop, Pop, Popcorn!

on 10/6/22 1:41 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Nature
Popcorn is an American story and is the world’s first cultivated corn. Corn planted in the plowed prairies of the Midwestern soil of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and southern Wisconsin produced some of the tastiest popcorn in the world at the turn of the 19th century. 
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Celebrate the Sounds of Summer

The warm, lazy days of summer are a great time to enjoy the sounds of nature in the preserves, and research shows that pleasant natural sounds are good for your health. They help lower blood pressure, improve cognitive performance and even reduce pain.
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DuPage Forest Police Get Improved Eye in the Sky

on 5/6/22 9:47 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider police
DuPage Forest Police have added a second, more powerful drone to the police force to help improve response and recovery time in the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s more than 60 forest preserves.
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Bald Eagle Released After Treatment at Willowbrook

A juvenile bald eagle flew to freedom recently after being treated for lead poisoning at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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Great Horned Owlet Reunited with Family

A great horned owlet was reunited with its family thanks to DuPage Forest Preserve District forestry workers and Willowbrook Wildlife Center.
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'On Your Left' and Other Trail Tips

on 3/23/22 12:40 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Trails Recreation
DuPage forest preserve trails are popular with all kinds of visitors: some on foot, some on wheels and others on horseback.
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Snowy Owl Soars to Freedom After Treatment at Willowbrook

An injured snowy owl soared to freedom this week after being treated for rodenticide poisoning at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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Meet Some of the District's Wonder Women 2022

Women’s History Month is a great time to reflect on the hard work, dedication achievements of women in all walks of life. We’d like to introduce you to some of the amazing women who work at the DuPage Forest Preserve District.
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Eagle Reunited with Mate After Poisoning

An injured bald eagle has been reunited with its mate this week thanks to a concerned resident, a group of volunteers and Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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Birds Take Wing Again Thanks to Willowbrook

A great horned owl, two red-tailed hawks and two Cooper’s hawks soared to freedom again this week after being treated for injuries at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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Join Our New Winter Adventure Series

As the lakes freeze and the ground turns white, we’ll be adding a flurry of outdoor fun to our winter program lineup!
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Native Landscaping: Start Planning Now

It may be wintertime, but now is the time to start planning your garden for next year. It may not seem like it now, but spring will be here before you know it, making this a great time to start planning your garden and yard.
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Preserve Visitor Trends in Pandemic Times

A surge in visitors and use of DuPage forest preserves that started during the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down.
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We're Thankful For Our Volunteers

on 11/23/21 9:00 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Volunteer
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has one of the most diverse volunteer programs in the area, offering more than 50 unique opportunities in 11 programs. 
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Snow Plowing and Trail Grooming in the Preserves

on 11/19/21 12:00 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Trails
DuPage forest preserves are a magical sight to behold after a freshly fallen snow. We know many of you can’t wait to get out there to see the magnificent beauty, but sometimes it’s hard to know what parking lots will be plowed first and what trails will be groomed first for cross-country skiing.
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Teen Transforms Container into Scenic Landscape

on 10/22/21 1:38 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations
Emelia Buckley likes painting the natural world because “it’s the most complex and simple concept on earth.” So she jumped at the chance to paint a nature scene on the biggest “canvas” she had ever worked on.
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Halloween Happenings

Looking for some “spooktacular” fun in October? Look no further than DuPage forest preserves! From haunted hikes and wagon rides to pumpkin stories and rhymes for little ones, we’ve got a thrilling lineup of Halloween happenings this year, so register soon!
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Celebrate OAKtober!

OAKtober is Illinois’ monthlong celebration of oak trees and the things that make them great. We love oaks here at the DuPage Forest Preserve District, so we’re thrilled to be a part of it! 
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Donor's Matching Gift Supports the Blanding's Turtle

Corporate-matching programs are attractive to many Friends of the Forest Preserve District donors and others who contribute to nonprofit foundations. T
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More Love for Monarch Butterflies

The DuPage Forest Preserve District board of commissioners is pledging to support the Illinois Monarch Project, a public and private sector partnership whose goal is to add 150 million milkweed plants to the Illinois landscape by 2038.
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