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.

Why Trees Feature Fantastic Fall Colors

Every autumn Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show of fall colors in DuPage County forest preserves.
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Concrete Beams Installed for McDowell Grove Bridge Replacement Project

New two-lane bridge will replace narrow one-lane bridge and accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic on a separate elevated trail.
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The Science Behind Fall Colors

Find out what makes trees change color in the fall, and what factors play a role in how good fall colors are.
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Counting Migrating Raptors

Join in the annual fall tradition of counting migrating raptors atop the scenic overlook at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville.
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Lunch Break Loops

Use your lunch break to connect with nature and enjoy these remaining summer days.
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Cooper's Hawks: Ambush Hunters and Acrobatic Fliers

They may be one of the smallest hawks, but Cooper's Hawks are fierce ambush hunters and bird-eating specialists.
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Getting to Know Nature's Nasties

The weather's nice and the living is easy. Just don't let these nasties spoil your fun.
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The Importance of the Mighty Oak

District makes some important discoveries in its decade-long look at the mighty oak.
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2017 Just for Kids Fishing Derby Winners

The 2017 Just for Kids Fishing Derby brought out anglers of all ages to try their luck for the biggest catch of the day.
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Help Wanted: Pollen Patrol

Native insect pollinators play an important role in backyard gardens, and the District is doing its part to help preserve these pollinators.
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The Secret Lives of Dragonflies

Discover more about the "complex life cycle" of dragonflies and their role in controlling mosquito populations.
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The Best Wildlife Dads

As Father's Day approaches, we look to the native wildlife to find the best wildlife dads.
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Butterflies Are a Summer Delight

Summer is the perfect time to delight in butterflies.
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Avoid Introducing Invasive Plants to Your Landscape

Keep these unwelcome invasive plants out of your landscaping.
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Nesting Season Under Way for American Kestrels

Spring is a busy time for North America's smallest falcon.
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Hilltop Habitat Restoration on Tap

Work gets under way to convert land adjacent to former landfills into attractive habitats for grassland birds.
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Summer Camps for Kids = Best Summer Ever

Fun summer kids' camps help connect kids to nature and explore the outdoors.
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'On Your Left' and Trail Tips

DuPage forest preserves offer more than 145 miles of trails for springtime visitors.
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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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