The address is the same – ReconnectWithNature.org – but the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s new website has a completely different look and feel and it’s faster, more interactive and photo rich than ever before.
The new website, that debuted May 10, also is better organized and packed with the latest programs, events and District news. Because more and more people are getting their information from electronic devices, the new website can be accessed as easily from a phone or tablet as it is from a desktop computer. Once you punch in the address, the pages will load in less than half the time.
If you’re looking for an event, program or location, the website is better organized to help you find what you are seeking. And if that fails, there’s a more powerful search function.
The website also has more interactive features which will let you scout out your destination ahead of time by viewing the interactive map, which will be available from any page on the site. Each preserve will soon feature a 360-degree photo to give visitors an idea of what they will encounter. Since the 360-degree photos have been incorporated into the website, they’ve been viewed more than 330,000 times, with a shot of Lake Renwick Preserve having been seen 136,000 times.
If you want to know the latest news and program information, the website’s headlines section will keep you up to date on news and major events, while “The Big Picture” takes a multimedia approach to showcase the preserves and their history. If you’re looking for fun, check out the website’s new video library or a new blog titled “The Buzz” that features general interest — and often wacky — nature news.
The website also has a revamped calendar that allows visitors to scroll through the entire list of programs and events, or filter the results based on date and/or location. A kids’ page is chock-full of activity ideas, as well as fun and interesting videos.
In addition, online program registration and the ability to check availability of preserve picnic shelters are coming soon. Work on the new website began in the summer of 2016 and the developer is Des Plaines-based American Eagle.
Visit the District’s YouTube page at youtube.com/WillCoForests to view a video demonstrating the website’s new look and features.