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Sand Ridge Nature Center to offer new exhibits, upgrade campus in 2021

With history rooted in the latest ice age, the Sand Ridge area has much to offer local residents By Katie Arvia SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (February 24,...

MLK Day suggested as service day in Cook County Forest Preserves

President Preckwinkle encourages self-led litter clean-up hikes in forest preserves Information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County CHICAGO, Ill. (January 14, 2021) – Cook...

Virtual Wolf Lake Winter Wonderland scheduled for Jan. 16

Information provided by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative WHITING, Ind. (December 30, 2020) – The 20th annual Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake will...

‘Renew and rejuvenate this winter’ at Cook County Forest Preserves

Information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County CHICAGO, Ill. (December 11, 2020) – Forest Preserves of Cook County is encouraging residents to use...

IL firearm deer season preliminary harvest totals 76,579

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced a preliminary total of 76,579...

Lansing trail hoped to connect Pennsy Greenway and Thorn Creek Trail

Engineering work to begin on 2.4-mile bike trail in south Lansing By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 19, 2020) – The Village of Lansing has received...

Work continues on Calumet City riverwalk and canoe launch

By George Grenchik, with information from Calumet City CALUMET CITY, Ill. (October 28, 2020) – Work is underway to clear space for a canoe and...

Lansing green thumb named “State Outstanding Master Gardener”

Information provided by the University of Illinois Extension LANSING, Ill. (October 9, 2020) – Two Cook County south suburban residents were honored for their commitment...

October begins peak season for deer-car crashes

IDOT, IDNR remind motorists, "Don’t veer for deer" information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October...

Illinois departments sign Monarch Action Plan to protect pollinators

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 25, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and...

Illinois fall trout season opens October 17

Statewide trout fishing to open, Forest Preserves of Cook County has not made a decision yet Information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD,...

Unexpected, rare plants returning to recently restored Cook County forest preserves

Information provided by Forest Preserves of Cook County RIVER FOREST, Ill. (September 10, 2020) – Ecologists at the Forest Preserves of Cook County have gotten...

New Chimney Swift tower at Mildred Burt Nature Center hoped to be a new home for migratory birds

15-foot chimney-like tower most recent among many projects at the nature center By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 3, 2020) – The Mildred Burt Nature Center...

Main areas, trails at Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks closed due to storm damage

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (August 14, 2020) – Following severe weather that included heavy rains and 80 to...

Helmets and face masks required for Wolf Lake Labor Day Bike Ride

Registration deadline August 28 for ride on Monday, September 7, 8:30am information provided by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative HAMMOND, Ind. (August 11, 2020)...