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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.

February 25, 2022

Best Winter Hikes

Sarah Rosenberg

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

December 15, 2021

Join Our New Winter Adventure Series

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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

December 2, 2021

Preserve Visitor Trends in Pandemic Times

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

A surge in visitors and use of DuPage forest preserves that started during the pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down.

November 19, 2021

Snow Plowing and Trail Grooming in the Preserves

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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...

October 5, 2021

Halloween Happenings

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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, w...

September 27, 2021

Celebrate OAKtober!

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

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...

March 25, 2021

Stressed Out? We've Got Just the Thing

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Still recovering from 2020? If you’re like most people, the stress of the pandemic, working from home and e-learning has taken its toll.

November 24, 2020

What Do Bees Do in the Winter?

Charlie Linnell and Duane Marski

One of the more frequent questions we beekeepers are asked is “What do bees do in the winter?”

November 17, 2020

Six Hiking Essentials

Dave Andrusyk

Whether you’re new to hiking or a regular walker on DuPage forest preserve’s 166 miles of trails, there are at least 6 essentials you should bring with you every time you head out...

September 2, 2020

Walking in the Rain

Dave Andrusyk

Have you ever planned a hiking trip at a DuPage forest preserve, only to find out that the sunny nice day you were planning has turned into a grey, rainy day?

August 18, 2020

Five Ways to Relax in DuPage Forest Preserves

Dave Andrusyk

With everything that’s happening in the world, it helps to find ways to take time for ourselves and relax. And it’s good for you!

March 18, 2020

Restoring a Creek's Meander

Scott Meister

For many years, Spring Brook — as it flows through Blackwell Forest Preserve — has been channelized. That is, water flowed within a straight, narrow channel, which led to erosion...

March 17, 2020

Turning to Nature in a Time of Turmoil

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Many of us are staying in our homes as the COVID-19 global pandemic has led to quarantines, closures and social distancing.

July 9, 2019

A New Way to Help Patrol Preserves

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

DuPage Forest Preserve Police have a new partner to help them patrol the preserves – an all-terrain vehicle.

May 23, 2019

Protect Yourself from Ticks While Outdoors

Andres Ortega

We need to talk. It’s going to be awkward, it’s a subject we’d all like to avoid, but it’s best for everyone if we just put it out there: ticks are all around you.

November 16, 2018

Our Top 10 Things to Do to #OptOutside

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Between the Thanksgiving dinner prep and holiday shopping, get outdoors to experience the physical, emotional and spiritual rewards of spending time in nature. Today an...

September 18, 2018

Forest Fave: Willowbrook Butterfly Garden

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

When Willowbrook Wildlife Center site manager Sandy Fejt needs a break from caring for injured native wildlife at the center, she doesn’t have to look far. One of Sandy’s favorite...

June 21, 2018

Forest Fave: Meacham Grove

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

When ranger Sarah Rosenberg needs to reconnect with nature, she stops at Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale. She especially loves the excellent hiking trails at the...

June 4, 2018

Trail Segment Connects Two Counties

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve Districts of DuPage and Will opened a 1.25-mile trail connecting Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville to Whalon Lake Forest Preserve in Bolingbrook on...

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