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My 3-Day Bike Ride Through Three Rivers

By: Lisa Kapsner-Swift

November 16, 2020

One Three Rivers enthusiast challenged herself to ride 140 miles in three days between all seven of the Three Rivers park reserves. Read all about why she did it, how it went and how it felt to complete this journey.

The Search for the Red-headed Woodpecker

By: John Moriarty

November 09, 2020

Red-headed woodpeckers are striking birds that we think could thrive in Three Rivers — but right now we don't have many. Learn what we're doing to investigate why this might be and how we hope to attract them to our parks. 

The Unique Plants of Our Restored Prairies

By: Angela Grill

November 02, 2020

When it comes to collecting prairie seed, we seek plants that fit the job of being unique to supporting diversity and resiliency. Find out the top ten prairie plants for our restoration efforts and learn what makes them so valuable.

How to Dress for Winter Weather

By: Erin Korsmo

October 26, 2020

Learn how to stay warm this winter with these basic tips and enjoy being outside with the right clothes no matter what the thermometer says.

Planning for a Prescribed Burn

By: John Moriarty

October 21, 2020

It takes months of planning and preparation to conduct a controlled prairie or woodland burn. As our Natural Resources staff plans for next year's burns, read on to learn about all of the steps they take before ever lighting a fire.

Giving Wood Ducks a Home in Three Rivers

By: Steven Hogg

October 13, 2020

Wood ducks are one of the most spectacular birds in North America. Learn what Three Rivers is doing to provide the space they need to nest and thrive in our parks. 

Life on the Farm: Raising Livestock at Gale Woods

By: Tim Reese

October 05, 2020

At Gale Woods Farm, visitors can gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Explore what it means to raise livestock, what their jobs entail on the farm and the important roles they play in a diversified food production system.

How We're Protecting Purple Martins at Three Rivers

By: Angela Grill

September 28, 2020

Purple martin numbers are in decline in the Upper Midwest. But with the help of dedicated volunteers, Three Rivers has successfully increased the martin populations in our parks. 

Wetland Management: Drawdowns

By: Steven Hogg

September 21, 2020

Managing wetland habitat is no easy task, but is necessary in stimulating plant growth, increasing animal and plant diversity, and controlling invasive species. Learn how Three Rivers Park District manages wetlands with drawdowns and explore some of the specific goals in managing this special habitat.

Dryland Training: A New Way To Work Out In The Parks

By: Tyler Thompson

September 07, 2020

While dryland training is commonly used to prepare for winter sports, anyone can benefit from it. Learn what dryland training means and what kinds of exercises you can incorporate into your visit to the parks. 

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