Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

1890s Holiday Candy Making

Pop, Pop, Pop, Popcorn!

The Sweet Story of Honey Bees

Hidden History of the East Farm Barn

A Moment for Millipedes

Celebrate the Sounds of Summer

Hidden History of the Baker House

Top 5 Picks for the Perfect Picnic

Hidden History of McDowell Grove

6 Easy Tips for Successful Composting

DuPage Forest Police Get Improved Eye in the Sky

Hidden History: Burlington Park as Chicago's Recreation Destination

Dying Easter Eggs in the 1890s

Bald Eagle Released After Treatment at Willowbrook

Perk Up Your Parkway with Native Plants

Great Horned Owlet Reunited with Family

Hidden History of Mammoth Spring Icehouse

'On Your Left' and Other Trail Tips

Snowy Owl Soars to Freedom After Treatment at Willowbrook

Meet Some of the District's Wonder Women 2022

Best Winter Hikes

Hidden History of Dunham's Equine Legacy

Eagle Reunited with Mate After Poisoning

Stayin' Alive: How Wildlife Survive Winter

District's Freshwater Mussels Help 3 Waterways

Cold Weather is for the Birds

Hidden History of the Blackwell Mammoth

Birds Take Wing Again Thanks to Willowbrook

New Program Introduces Kids to Nature

Join Our New Winter Adventure Series

Native Landscaping: Start Planning Now

Preserve Visitor Trends in Pandemic Times

The Hidden History of Ancient Artifacts

We're Thankful For Our Volunteers

Snow Plowing and Trail Grooming in the Preserves

Hidden History of Waterfall Glen's Lincoln Park Nursery

Teen Transforms Container into Scenic Landscape

Carrying on the Legacy of the Heritage Shorthorn

Nature's Tricks Are a Nature Lover's Treat

Hidden History of the Steeplechase

Halloween Happenings

Bosnian Students Visit Urban Stream Research Center

Celebrate OAKtober!

DuPage Through the Lens of My Nikon

Why Art Matters to Saving Monarch Butterflies

A Gateway to History, Golf and a Healthy Environment

Hidden History of the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad

Mysterious Moths

Donor's Matching Gift Supports the Blanding's Turtle

Hidden History of Hidden Lake Bridge

Hidden History of Glacial Ridge

Managing Harmful Algae Blooms

More Love for Monarch Butterflies

Setting the Stage for Restoration

The Hidden History of Fullersburg Woods

Reminder Not to Harvest Plants in the Preserves

Partnership Mussels Into Chicago River

I Spy Early Spring Insects

Stressed Out? We've Got Just the Thing

The Hidden History of Winfield Mounds

Soak in the Solar

Owl's Story Tugs at Donor's Heartstrings

Meet Some of the District's Wonder Women 2021

Tales as Old as Time

The Hidden History of Hidden Lake

Nature's Valentines

Why Groundhogs Hit Snooze on Their Holiday

Bird of the Year: the Pileated Woodpecker

Seven Nutty Squirrel Facts

Mayslake Art Exhibit "Double Vision: Cooperative Art"

Engineer Devises System to Stop Zebra Mussel Spread

Start a New Chapter with Mayslake Book Club

Lessons From 2020

As the Seasons Change: A Soil Opera

What Do Bees Do in the Winter?

Six Hiking Essentials

Raccoon Gets a Second Chance at Life

Wolf Spider: Friend or Foe?

Fall Color Finds

On With the Show

Celebrate the Mighty Oak in OAKtober

It's for the Birds

Relocating Fish to a New Spring Brook

Bee Informed About Native Bees

Colt Inspires Volunteer's Artwork

Walking in the Rain

Blanding's Yearlings Released in DuPage Preserves

Keep Away! Hogweed, Hemlock and Parsnip

Five Ways to Relax in DuPage Forest Preserves

High-Flying Chimney Swifts

A Decade of Studying the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Barred Owl Soars to Freedom with Help from Willowbrook

Get Hooked on Fishing

Red Fox Finds Freedom After Treatment at Willowbrook

Wildlife Myths: Can Frogs Give You Warts?

Attracting Swallowtails to Your Garden

Where the Native Wild Things Are

Show Some Loving for Opossums

Do Only Female Mosquitoes Bite?

Spawning Time for Sunfish

A Big Day

The Power of Pollinators

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Danada Welcomes a Foal

Smoothing the Way for Smooth Green Snakes

Can't You Take Just One More? No, and Here's Why

Best Wildlife Moms

Where the Native Plants Grow

Best Native Shrubs for Your Yard

Slow Down on Spring Cleaning in Your Garden

When Waterfowl Run Afoul with Nests

DuPage Forest Preserve District's Wonder Women

Willowbrook Staff Reunite Owl Family

Restoring a Creek's Meander

Turning to Nature in a Time of Turmoil

Women's Vote Helped Win the Case for DuPage Forest Preserves

Donors' Gift Brings Horses to Danada Equestrian Center

Kline Creek Farm Welcomes Cotswold Sheep into Fold

Get Healthy With Forest Therapy

Have Coin, Will Travel

Rare Northern Goshawk Released from Willowbrook

District Rolls Out New Electric Vehicles

Ecologists Shed Light on Issues Facing Oaks

Home for the Owl-idays

Birding in Blustery Winter Pays Off

Christmas Traditions


Sandhill Cranes Overhead!

DuPage Forest Police Get an Eye in the Sky

Garden Blooms at Mayslake from Worker's Creativity

Pelican Reunited with Birds of the Same Feather

Scientists Search for Clues to Grassland Bird Habitats

Great Horned Owl Returned to its Home at Kline Creek Farm

A Model of a Thriving 1920s Poultry Operation

Bald Eagle Reunited with its Family

Blanding's Hatchlings Raised by Shedd Aquarium Released in DuPage Preserves

Grounds Management Roads Crew Paves the Way to Our Preserves

Help Wanted: Pollen Patrol

Feeding Habits of Daring Dragonflies

Restoring More of the Great Prairie

Start Your Day with Yoga on the Lawn

Unexpected Garden Delights

Birds of a Feather

Help Wanted Spotting Rare Bumble Bee

A New Way to Help Patrol Preserves

A Fish Tale to Remember

Taking Time to Remember our Wildlife

If Trees Could Talk

Kids Catch Fun and Fish at Just for Kids Fishing Derby

Citizen Scientists Wanted to Help Track Water Levels at Four Preserve Lakes

Willowbrook Baby Season: Raccoons

Enlisting Crayfish to Help the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly

Protect Yourself from Ticks While Outdoors

Part 6: Replacing Finial Newel Posts

Special Needs Individuals Enjoy Outdoor Adventure at St. James Farm

District Honors Men Who Saved Drowning Man at Silver Lake

Willowbrook Baby Season: Eastern Cottontails

Handling Spring Encounters with Nesting Geese

Spring Woodland Wildflower Guide

Part 5: The Housekeeping Plan

Forestry Worker Makes Special Delivery

Contain Your Love of Gardening

Keep Kids Learning with Fun Summer Day Camps

Points to Ponder Before Raising Monarch Caterpillars

Early Spring Plant Arrivals

The "Magic School Bus" Rolls into DuPage Forest Preserves

It Takes Heart to Save a Blanding's Turtle

Group Thanks District for Program That Connects Youth to Nature

A Special Role for a Special Blanding's Turtle

Greene Farm Barn Provides Clues to Future Forestry

Law Enforcement Completes Rapid-Deployment Training

Sowing Seeds in the Snow

How to Keep Pets Safe from Coyotes

Part 4: The Dining Room Oilcloth

Life Under Ice

Feathered Friends Feel the Freeze: How to Help Birds Survive Winter

Part 3: The Parlor Pump Organ

Tracking the Origins of Invasive Zebra Mussels

Our Top 10 Things to Do to #OptOutside

Let's Talk Turkey: Fun Tidbits About This Popular Bird

The Plight of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Part 2: The Kitchen Wood-Burning Stove

Fall Faves From the Field

Saving the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid

Busy Beavers Prepare for Winter

An Ugly Little Stinker: The Stink Bug That Wants Inside

One-Year Checkup Shows Mussels Are Thriving

Remodeling an 1880s Farmhouse Museum

Duck Race Supports Habitat Restoration

Donations Fund St. James Farm Fountain Restoration

Forest Fave: Willowbrook Butterfly Garden

Geese-Free, Thanks to a Border Collie Named Louie

Small Mammals Busy Preparing for Colder Weather

Monarch Butterflies Start Long Migration

Routine Physical for Willowbrook's Resident Bobcat

Training With Willowbrook Wildlife

Lunch Break Loops

Ranger Helps an Entangled Turtle

Protecting the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly

Bright Flashes of Orange in Local Trees