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August 8, 2022

The Sweet Story of Honey Bees

Jennifer Rydzewski

Honeybees are arguably the most well-known pollinator, but did you know that honeybees are not even native to North America? Apis mellifera, the domesticated European honey bee,...

August 1, 2022

Hidden History of the East Farm Barn

Wayne Zaininger

Looking at the east side of St. James Farm today, visitors might not fully appreciate the transformation it has gone through over the years. Let’s turn back the clock to the early...

July 26, 2022

A Moment for Millipedes

Jennifer Rydzewski

The next time you hit the trails at a DuPage forest preserve, keep an eye out for the North American millipede, Narceus americanus, also called the “iron worm” for its armored...

July 6, 2022

Celebrate the Sounds of Summer

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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...

June 30, 2022

Hidden History of the Baker House

Keith McClow

It’s hard to fathom the connections a little old house on St. Charles Road has to the history of DuPage County, Illinois and the nation.

June 10, 2022

Top 5 Picks for the Perfect Picnic

Glenn Perricone and Jennifer Rydzewski

The warm weather and long days of summer invite people to be outdoors, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than by having a picnic.

May 25, 2022

Hidden History of McDowell Grove

Jordan Countryman

Sometimes the history of a DuPage forest preserve is simply forgotten, but other times it is purposely kept secret. In the 1940s, McDowell Grove Forest Preserve in Naperville...

May 20, 2022

6 Easy Tips for Successful Composting

Derek Gronlund

Composting at home is one of the easiest ways you can make a positive impact on the environment and your garden.

May 6, 2022

DuPage Forest Police Get Improved Eye in the Sky

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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...

April 20, 2022

Hidden History: Burlington Park as Chicago's Recreation Destination

Dennis Buck

Railroads were crucial to the development of the United States, sparking economic and industrial expansion all around them and carrying people and goods across the country. One of...

April 15, 2022

Dying Easter Eggs in the 1890s

Wayne Hill

Natural dyes were used in a variety of ways in a colorful Victorian life in the 1890s.

April 6, 2022

Bald Eagle Released After Treatment at Willowbrook

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

A juvenile bald eagle flew to freedom recently after being treated for lead poisoning at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

April 1, 2022

Perk Up Your Parkway with Native Plants

Keriann Dubina

Planting native plants in your parkway is a great way to help people appreciate native plants by growing them in your parkway for all to enjoy. And it helps pollinators too!

March 30, 2022

Great Horned Owlet Reunited with Family

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

A great horned owlet was reunited with its family thanks to DuPage Forest Preserve District forestry workers and Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

March 25, 2022

Hidden History of Mammoth Spring Icehouse

Dave Andrusyk

If you look closely while walking along the Night Heron Trail at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook, you can find a little piece of history.

March 23, 2022

'On Your Left' and Other Trail Tips

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

DuPage forest preserve trails are popular with all kinds of visitors: some on foot, some on wheels and others on horseback.

March 17, 2022

Snowy Owl Soars to Freedom After Treatment at Willowbrook

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

An injured snowy owl soared to freedom this week after being treated for rodenticide poisoning at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

March 1, 2022

Meet Some of the District's Wonder Women 2022

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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...

February 25, 2022

Best Winter Hikes

Sarah Rosenberg

Winter is a great time to go exploring in the DuPage forest preserves.

February 24, 2022

Hidden History of Dunham's Equine Legacy

Jordan Countryman

Most people know that “in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” But did you know that in 1893 Christopher Columbus took a train to Dunham Forest Preserve in Wayne?

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