Nature Stories

We’ve connected people to nature in DuPage forest preserves for more than 100 years! In this feature, we’ll share some of our favorite stories about our history, preserves, programs and seasonal happenings, as told by our staff, volunteers and forest preserve visitors.

Forest Faves: Maple Grove Forest Preserve

Any time is a good time to visit Maple Grove Forest Preserve in Downers Grove. But spring and fall are must-see for the spectacular spring flowers and fall colors.
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The Sure Cure for the Winter Blues

Join a volunteer restoration workday to help brighten your day and make a difference.
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Birding in Blustery Winter Pays Off

Wintertime is a great time for birdwatching, and here are some tips to help you find them.
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Forest Faves: Mayslake Forest Preserve and Peabody Estate

Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook offers much in the way of cultural, historical and natural amenities for visitors.
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Frankfort Man Wins Grand Prize at District's 'Hard Water Classic' with 37.5-Inch Northern Pike

More than 300 anglers participated in Chicagoland's largest ice-fishing tournament.
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Forest Preserve District Fleet Joins B20 Club of Illinois

The District is now a part of the B20 Club of Illinois.
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Forest Faves: West Branch Forest Preserve

West Branch Forest Preserve offers a paradise for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
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Our Notable Squirrels

We've gathered a few facts about squirrels just in time for "Squirrel Appreciation Day."
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What is Hoarfrost and How is it Formed?

Read up on the science behind these beautiful ice crystals called hoarfrost.
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Where Do Insects Go in Winter?

Discover the many ways that insects survive a Midwest winter.
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Winter Biking in the Preserves

Most people put their bikes away in winter, but not Jason Halm. Read about his winter biking experience in DuPage forest preserves.
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Forest Faves: Waterfall Glen

The extensive trail system and diverse landscapes of Waterfall Glen attract visitors 365 days a year.
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A Look Back at Willowbrook’s 60th Anniversary Year

Hear how Willowbrook Wildlife Center grew from a bird sanctuary to a national model in wildlife rehabilitation that cares for more than 9,000 animals a year.
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Snow Plowing and Trail Grooming in the Preserves

Get the details on how the District prioritizes snow plowing and trail grooming efforts.
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Students Raise and Release Bass as Part of Classroom Biology Program

Fullersburg Woods release hundreds of native fish raised in the classroom as part of its annual education program.
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Forest Faves: St. James Farm

No matter the season or time of day, St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville is a delightful spot to connect to nature.
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Forest Faves: Warrenville Grove

Warrenville Grove is a quiet gem of a forest preserve that offers a peaceful respite for visitors.
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Partnering to Save Raptors

Our Willowbrook Wildlife Center and ComEd partner to protect wild raptors in DuPage County and surrounding area.
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Trail Cameras Help District Keep Tabs on Native Wildlife

Cameras provide useful insights into habits of native wildlife.
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Saving the Blanding's Turtle from Extinction

District's 21-year-old Project Head Start sees grandchildren of first turtles hatched in the program.
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