'Bass In The Class' Fish Returned For Release
Fullersburg Woods estimates that 120 native bass were returned to the center after being raised in local classrooms. The fish introduced children to native species that live in DuPage forest preserve lakes and waterways.
Best of the 2016 Hard Water Classic
Here's a roundup of our favorite photos from the 2016 Hard Water Classic, as we gear up for the 2017 event, which will run from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.
Butterflies Of DuPage County
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ecologists and volunteers, in collaboration with the Butterfly Monitoring Network and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago, survey butterfly populations in over a dozen forest preserves. These efforts have produced observations of over 100 species, including several rare or habitat-dependent species, such as the bysuss skipper, pipevine swallowtail and Edward’s hairstreak.
Country Fair at Kline Creek Farm
Experience a fair from DuPage County's agricultural past at the "Country Fair" on Sept. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm. Here's our list of the "Top 10 Things to Do and See at the Country Fair."
Danada Fall Festival 2016
Enjoy equestrian performances, hayrides, kids activities and more at the "Danada Fall Festival" on Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Danada Equestrian Center and Forest Preserve in Wheaton. Here's some of the best things to do and things to see at this yer's festival.
Deer Management Leads To Habitat Recovery
November is breeding season for white-tailed deer. It also marks the start of the deer-management program in several forest preserves across DuPage County. Due to increased development of the county and the resulting loss of habitat, parts of the county experience unnaturally high concentrations of deer — far more individuals than the land can support while maintaining biodiversity. This has led to increases in deer-vehicle collisions, damage to private landscaping, foraging of sensitive forest preserve plant communities, and animal-to-animal contact, which dramatically increases susceptibility to disease.
Fall Color Hot Spots
Autumn is one of the best times to enjoy our preserves. Here are some of the best spots to catch stunning fall colors.
Family Field Day: Our Top 10 Things to See and Do
Enjoy a special celebration featuring equestrian and canine performances, a dairy exhibit, kids activities and more at "Family Field Day" on May 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve.
Hawk Hollow Off-Leash Dog Area Opening Well Attended
Many friends — both two-legged and four-legged — joined in the Sept. 1 opening of the Hawk Hollow off-leash dog area. The new area features four separate and fully enclosed fields (one just for dogs under 25 pounds), an enclosed 1.2-mile limestone trail, and a 60-vehicle asphalt parking lot off Bittersweet Drive just south of Stearns Road. It replaces the off-leash dog area 5.4 miles away at Pratt’s Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne, which will remain open until Dec. 31, 2015. A key feature of the new facility is its rotating activity fields, which will allow the District to close off one area to give the turf a rest while keeping a second area open for use.
Invasive Plant Removal Before And After Gallery
As the ground freezes and plants go dormant, winter is the season when District restoration workday volunteers, site stewards and crews conduct selective removal of invasive and exotic brush.
Restoration Project Post-Improvement Conditions
These photos illustrate how restoration projects like the current West Branch Forest Preserve Mega Project will strengthen the ecology of the river, floodplain, wetlands and prairie grasslands to create a sustainable landscape.
Summer on the Prairie
In summer, the array of prairie plants in bloom in DuPage forest preserves increases dramatically and provides a welcomed addition to the landscape. If you visit one of the preserves, you might wonder what the colorful and elegant plants are. Our plant ecologist Scott Kobal introduces us to some of the more common native species to be found in our prairies.
Top 10 Birds of Winter
Check out our gallery of the top 10 birds of winter, and head out to your nearest DuPage forest preserve for some birding.
A world of opportunity awaits you as a member of the Forest Preserve District's top-notch volunteer crew.
West Branch of the DuPage River at McDowell Grove
View photos of the award-winning West Branch of the DuPage River restoration at McDowell Grove — a collaboration between the DuPage County Stormwater Management and Forest Preserve District — and learn about the benefits of this large-scale project.
When Art and Nature Meet
As part of its centennial celebration in 2015, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invited artists to submit artwork for "When Art and Nature Meet," an outdoor installation that explores the juxtaposition of art and nature at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street in Oak Brook.