Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

Girl Power Conquers 60+ Forest Preserves

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Man Creates Masterpiece at Mayslake

Not many people can claim kinship with a piece of land, but Mayslake steward Conrad Fialkowski may be one of those people. He has been working tirelessly for more than 30 years to restore the woodland and prairie landscape to Mayslake Forest Preserve, since before the land was owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
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Woman Finds Way to Connect with, Help Wildlife at Willowbrook

Vanessa Gallt always wanted to work with animals, and she found the perfect outlet as an animal care volunteer at the District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. She prepares diets for the numerous native wildlife Willowbrook cares for, cleans animal enclosures and monitors the well-being of animals.
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Man Follows Passion for Nature into Forest Preserves

Larry Brousil Volunteer, outdoor enthusiast I'm a project manager for Allstate and pretty much sit at my desk most of the day, so I try to get outdoors as much as possible. My hobbies/interests include hiking, cycling, kayaking and fishing. I have a son who lives in eastern Washington state. Unlike his dad, my son followed his passion and pursued a degree in environmental sciences.
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Volunteer Shares History of St. James Farm

Kathy Isoda was drawn to St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville because it was an opportunity to be part of a new forest preserve, and she loved its equestrian roots.
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Catching Nature Through Volunteer Work

Bob Young has found the perfect outlet for his two passions: being outdoors and on the water. He serves as a volunteer zebra mussel monitor and volunteer ranger for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
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Volunteer Finds Happiness Monitoring Bluebirds

Helen Metanchuk rummages through the trunk of her car as she dons her vest, binoculars, tools and notebook and pen and sets out to check the 12 bluebird nest boxes on her route at Blackwell Forest Preserve’s McKee Marsh in West Chicago.
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Brothers Big on Birding

Armed with nice cameras with huge lenses, binoculars and bug spray, Eddie and Brett Kasper of Western Springs set out for a quick hike at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook recently. 
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Drawing on Nature for Inspiration

on Jun 12, 2018 12:33:24 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Nature Club Group Take 5 Recreation
For a group of area artists, there is something exquisitely refreshing about plein air painting, perfected by artists like Monet, Renoir and Georgia O’Keeffe. From May through mid-October, members of the DuPage Art League meet Friday mornings at various preserves and other scenic spots to paint and share their experiences. We caught up with them recently at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton recently. After they spend time painting and drawing, they meet to discuss their experiences.
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Shedd Volunteers Explore Fullersburg Woods Night Life

Using a high-tech bat detector, District ecologist Brian Kraskiewicz helped participants hear five different calls from the hoary bat at a recent Shedd Aquarium Spring Volunteer Leadership Conference at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook. Kraskiewicz explained how and why the District monitors bats in DuPage County. 
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