Nature's Storytellers

A Blog About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Wayne Zaininger and Jordan Countryman

Wayne Zaininger is manager of Equine Experiences and Facilities at St. James Farm and Danada Equestrian Center. Prior to joining the DuPage Forest Preserve District in 2007, he worked at St. James Farm since 1981. He is a naturalist at heart. Since Starting his career as a greenhouse operator, he has built several prairies at St. James Farm and one at his own small farm where he enjoys time with his four horses. With 40 years of service at St. James Farm, the preserve holds a special place in his heart and he enjoys sharing its rich history with visitors. Jordan Countryman is the records coordinator for the Forest Preserve District. He has an M.A. in history from Wright State University. As a member of the District's artifact collections committee, Jordan strives to ensure the District continues to follow best practices as a steward of public history and serves to connect DuPage residents to their land through its past.

Recent Posts

Hidden History of the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad

on 7/21/21 9:30 AM By | Wayne Zaininger and Jordan Countryman | 0 Comments | Insider Locations History
Imagine commuting to Chicago by train in the morning only to discover without warning that same afternoon that your Metra line had closed and would never operate again.
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