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Black Partridge Woods: Cool Ravines, Great Hiking, and 6 Other Reasons to Visit

Thousands and thousands of years ago, a spring-fed stream began to carve a ravine into a bluff that overlooked a river. As time passed, the ravine grew deeper. Native Americans (including the Potawatomi chief Black Partridge) lived in and/or travelled through the forests, ravines, towering bluffs, and flood plains of the area. Life was good—especially … Continue reading Black Partridge Woods: Cool Ravines, Great Hiking, and 6 Other Reasons to Visit

Messenger Woods: Famous Spring Flowers and Year-Round Fun

AFTER MONTHS OF GRAY, DREARY WINTER IN CHICAGO, the Virginia bluebells, great white trillium, and other flowers that blanket the gently rolling hills of Messenger Woods Nature Preserve (13800 W Bruce Road, Homer Glen, IL 60491; 815/727-8700; Facebook page) almost hypnotize you when you suddenly see them in all their glory. That’s what Ellen, my wife’s … Continue reading Messenger Woods: Famous Spring Flowers and Year-Round Fun

The 3 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in April 2018

In case you missed them, here were the most-popular posts at Nature in Chicagoland in April 2018 based on page views by my readers: 1. Eight Things to Do Outdoors This Spring in Chicagoland 2. Scilla and the Coming of Spring 3. Seven Places to See Bison in the Midwest Copyright (text/photos) Andrew Morkes  

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