Annual Settlers’ Day comes to Sand Ridge Nature Center Sunday, November 24

Re-enactors portray 1600s through Civil War with living history demonstrations, history hikes information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (November 21, 2019) – Through stories told by living history demonstrations, encampments, performances, and other interactive activities, visitors to Sand Ridge Nature Center can experience the history of our country during … Read more

Illinois’ second Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy biennial report released

Significant investments and measurable progress in reducing nutrient loss information provided by the Illinois Department of Agriculture SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 20, 2019) – The Directors of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the state’s second Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) biennial report. This document describes the … Read more

November 15 is Opening Day for Picnic and Special Event Permit Sales, 2020 Camping Reservations

Permits, reservations available online and in person from Forest Preserves of Cook County information provided by Forest Preserves of Cook County COOK COUNTY, Ill. (November 11, 2019) – The new year offers numerous opportunities for Cook County residents to come together with family and friends. From birthdays and reunions to holidays and special event gatherings, … Read more

Federal grant will advance electric, natural gas options on I-80

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 2, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that Illinois is receiving federal funds to boost infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles on Interstate 80. The grant, which will target electric vehicles and vehicles that run on natural gas, is part of a … Read more

IDNR announces grant funding opportunities schedule

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 24, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF) have announced anticipated application deadlines for competitive grant programs for Illinois Fiscal Year 2020. Grant program goals vary by program and include natural resource protection, management, and … Read more

Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts 5 guided nature walks to celebrate 25 Illinois Nature Preserves

information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County BURNHAM, Ill. (October 23, 2019) – In honor of the dedication of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 25th nature preserve, the public is invited to attend guided walks at five of the Forest Preserves’ Illinois Nature Preserves. Busse Forest Nature Preserve is one of the … Read more

Illinois EPA launches annual environmental education competition for fifth- and sixth-grade students

Agency encourages youth creativity and involvement information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (October 17, 2019) – Fifth- and sixth-grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year’s Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This year’s contest theme is “Algae: … Read more

Lansing Garden Club installs pollinator gardens behind Eisenhower Fitness Center

by Carrie Steinweg LANSING, Ill. (October 1, 2019) – Tucked away behind the Eisenhower Fitness Center in Lansing is the Mildred Burt Nature Center, a little natural haven that got a recent makeover by the Lansing Garden Club. It has been decades since Lansing had an official garden club, and a new group was established … Read more

Endangered Species Protection Board to conduct public hearing on proposed list changes

information provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 26, 2019) – The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Illinois List of Endangered and Threatened Species Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) headquarters in Springfield. The hearing … Read more