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Enjoy nature online with resources from the Forest Preserve District of Will County

Penny the ball python and her reptile friends appeared during a Forest Preserve District of Will County Facebook Live event on Friday. This is just one of many planned stories and virtual activities that people can take part in to keep their nature education and entertainment flowing during a time of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Penny the ball python and her reptile friends appeared during a Forest Preserve District of Will County Facebook Live event on Friday. This is just one of many planned stories and virtual activities that people can take part in to keep their nature education and entertainment flowing during a time of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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During this health emergency, the Forest Preserve District of Will County feels it is important to continue to provide interesting material for visitors of all ages via social media and the Forest Preserve’s website at ReconnectWithNature.org.

Friday’s livestreaming event, “Reptiles Gone Wild!,” let viewers see Plum Creek Nature Center’s resident reptiles get the run of the building.

These included Bluey, the Forest Preserve’s new blue-tongued skink; box turtles Lilo and Stitch; and Penny the ball python.

Interpretive naturalist Suzy Lyttle interacted with the nature center’s animals, letting them roam around and answering questions posed by the public.

Future livestreams will feature the Blanding’s turtles at Isle a la Cache and other interesting exhibits and nature sites throughout the district.

Forest Preserve staff also will be writing stories on ways to stay busy or entertained while at home and their favorite things about nature in a series called “Things You Love.”

The first story in the series, “Things We Love: Those Gangling Great Blue Herons,” has been posted on The Buzz section of the website.

In addition to creating new resources, the Forest Preserve District offers its existing resources:

• Willy’s Wilderness at WillysWilderness.org, a kid-oriented website, features fun things to do, nature facts and more. For instance, current “Try It” activities listed on the site are Ivory Soap Is All You Need to Make Your Own Clouds; Ready, Set, Launch: Make Your Favorite Critters Fly; and Turn Your Old DVDs and CDs Into Outdoor Art.

• The News and Events section on the district’s website includes current headlines as well as in depth features and videos. Check out the Big Picture section for information on all kinds of creatures, seasonal changes and more. The Buzz offers creature features, quizzes and a timely tournament of birds. The district has closed all visitor centers and latrines, canceled all programs and workdays through April 3 and suspended sales of picnicking and wedding permits through April 30. Preserves, trails and dog parks will remain open at this time.

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