Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

Couple Explores History in Preserves

Brian and Joyce Ostberg are interested in all things history — natural history, pre-history, and general history. In autumn 2020, they started a YouTube channel, dubbed BeHistoric, where they share some of their history and pre-history interests.
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Exploring Nature Has Many Rewards for Family

Growing up, Nick Papineau got well-acquainted with nature thanks to his parents, who took him hiking, camping and hunting. The COVID-19 pandemic last year prompted Papineau to start doing the same with his two children, Zander, 4, and Talia, 2.
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Nature Puts Life in Perspective for Man

Nature helps put life in perspective for Melvin Godson and provides a way to disconnect from technology and daily stresses. It also helped him get through the pandemic.
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Teen Birder Gives Back to Preserves

Alex DeBear is a 16-year-old birder from Naperville. He has a deep love for all things nature related, including photography, citizen science and creating art with natural elements.
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Nature Keeps Couple Physically, Mentally Active

Nature and the outdoors help Rick and Lisa Hootman keep mentally, physically and socially active. They like hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, reading and attending academic classes and lectures.
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Nature Provides Lifelong Learning for Teacher

on May 4, 2021 7:05:29 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Recreation Take 5
As a retired teacher, it only makes sense that John Cebula continues to teach. He’s active in the DuPage Birding Club and presents many bird-related program throughout the area.
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Woman at Home on the Prairie

on Apr 22, 2021 11:48:21 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Insider Locations Recreation Volunteer Take 5
When Cindy Crosby and her husband first moved to DuPage County in 1998, she was afraid there wouldn’t be much in the way of natural areas in the suburbs. To her delight, she discovered a wealth of natural resources to explore and enjoy in DuPage forest preserves and beyond.
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Volunteer Forges Connection to Nature

Jim Fousek is a volunteer trades interpreter at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. He has been blacksmithing for a little over 20 years, first with the Lisle Heritage Society and then in the barn/blacksmith shop at Lisle Station Park Museum in Lisle. He and his wife, Donna, live in Lisle.
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Hobby Photographer Turns Citizen Naturalist

Meet Dori Wagner Eldridge, a Naperville woman who loves photographing and learning about the world around her. She's also a wife and proud mother to two teenagers — a son in college and a daughter in high school. She's been taking photos since she was a young girl with a Kodak Hawkeye Instamatic camera that took 126 film cartridges.
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Nature Through His Lens

If you follow the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County on social media or spend much time on dupageforest.org, you’ve probably seen nature through his lens. Local hobby photographer Kevin Rodde first caught our attention a few years ago when he submitted some of his work to our Take 5 Photo Contest, and his images have been captivating us and our forest preserve fans ever since.
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