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LEGO Exhibit at Morton Arboretum Helps Kids Connect With Nature

What would life be like without LEGOs (or LEGO® bricks as The LEGO Group likes to call them)? Well, the floors of my house would be cleaner and I’d have fewer cuts on my feet from stepping on them in the middle of the night. But, other than that, the world would be a lot … Continue reading LEGO Exhibit at Morton Arboretum Helps Kids Connect With Nature

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

Less than an hour away from Chicago there is a wild and beautiful place that features nearly 200-foot sand dunes rising above 3 miles of beautiful Lake Michigan beach, as well as black oak forests, bogs, creeks, marshes, and other natural wonders filled with more than 1,000 plant and animal species. No, this is not … Continue reading Indiana Dunes State Park: Beautiful Beaches, Peaceful Forests, and a Biodiversity Hotspot

The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in June 2019

An excellent destination if you're tired of the flat, boring topography of most of Chicagoland More than 200 Native American burial mounds in what many consider to be one of the most beautiful areas of the Upper Mississippi River Valley A beautiful nature area with easy trails, a nature center with live animals and a … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in June 2019

West Ridge Nature Preserve: An Oasis in Chicago

Where: 5601 N. Western Avenue (Intersection of Ardmore & Western), Chicago, IL 60659, FacebookOpen: Dawn to Dusk Quick Review: Nearly 22 acres of restored woodlands, wetlands, and a pond. A perfect place for a short hike or contemplation. Beautiful hiking trails, fishing access points, a kids’ outdoor play area, and much more. Western Avenue between … Continue reading West Ridge Nature Preserve: An Oasis in Chicago

Remembering My Father-in-Law Jim on Father’s Day

I'm taking a break from nature to write about Jim McKenna, my father-in-law, who passed away in 2003. I wrote this remembrance two days after his death. Jim was a great husband, father, brother, uncle, great-uncle, father-in-law, and friend, and everyone—no doubt—has their own fond memories of him. One of my best memories of Jim … Continue reading Remembering My Father-in-Law Jim on Father’s Day

11 Things to Do at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

Where: 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL, 60463, 708/361-1873, Facebook, Map Open: Nature Center: Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.  Quick Review: A beautiful nature area with easy trails, a nature center with live animals and a play … Continue reading 11 Things to Do at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens

The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in May 2019

The story of a fun journey from Chicago to Washington, DC, by train The wildest nature spot in Cook County The remnants of the Manhattan Project…and some great hiking and biking opportunities One of the best places to see spring flowers in Chicagoland A personal ghost story and tales of Resurrection Mary and other ghosts … Continue reading The 7 Most-Popular Stories at Nature in Chicagoland in May 2019

Isle a la Cache Museum: Midwest Fur Trade History, Great Views of the Des Plaines River, and 9 Other Reasons to Visit

Where: 501 East Romeo Road, Romeoville, IL 60446, 815/886-1467, Website, FacebookOpen: Visitor Center: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon–4 p.m.; Monday: Closed. The preserve is open 8 a.m. to sunset daily.  Quick Review: A well-organized and attractive museum on an island in the Des Plaines River. It provides information on the fur trade between the … Continue reading Isle a la Cache Museum: Midwest Fur Trade History, Great Views of the Des Plaines River, and 9 Other Reasons to Visit

15 Things to Do Outdoors This Spring in Chicagoland

Spring is here in Chicagoland—at least if you look at the calendar, but not the thermometer. Warmer weather is on the horizon, and summer will be here in no time. But before the hot, stifling days of summer are upon us, here are 15 things you should do outdoors this spring in Chicagoland: Photo courtesy … Continue reading 15 Things to Do Outdoors This Spring in Chicagoland