The 8 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in July 2019

Great hiking and fantastic views of the Missipppi and Apple Rivers

Beautiful, secluded beaches, towering sand dunes, and top-notch hiking trails just 50 miles from Chicago

A beautiful nature center on the DuPage River that has easy hiking trails, live animals, a play area for children, and much more

8 places to see bison in Chicagoland

The perfect paddling adventure for beginners just an hour from Chicago

The only quaking bog in Illinois

Amazing LEGO creations at the best arboretum in Chicagoland

The 50th anniversary of humans first walking on the Moon

These were the topics of the 8 most-popular articles last month at my blog, Nature in Chicagoland, as selected by my readers. Here are links to the articles. I’d also like to take a moment to toot my horn by reporting that Nature in Chicagoland had its second-highest number of page views in its 29-month existence. Readers, thank you very much for checking out my blog and for your support. I really enjoy educating people about the best nature spots in Chicagoland and look forward to covering many other great spots in the coming months such as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Belmont Prairie, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, and the Galena area.

1. Mississippi Palisades State Park—Great Views, Muddy Shoes, and Eagles in Twos

2. Indiana Dunes State Park: Beautiful Beaches, Peaceful Forests, and a Biodiversity Hotspot

3. Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center: Big Bugs, Tons of Fun Activities for Kids, and Great Hiking Trails

4. Eight Places to See Bison in the Midwest

5. Nippersink Creek Provides a Great Kayaking or Canoeing Adventure Just an Hour From Chicago

6. Volo Bog: An Ice Age Remnant and the Only Quaking Bog in Illinois

7. LEGO Exhibit at Morton Arboretum Helps Kids Connect With Nature

8. Thoughts on the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and Why the Moon Still Makes Me Swoon

Copyright (text/photos) Andrew Morkes

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