Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

Man Finds His Beat Fishing in DuPage Preserves

Johnny Jannotti grew up with DuPage forest preserves as his playground. His childhood home was along the Illinois Prairie Path, giving him plenty of opportunities to connect to nature.
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Naperville Woman Finds Peace on the Prairie

Janet Lawrence Nature explorer, volunteer  I live in Naperville with my husband and have three young adult kids. My youngest just started his freshman year at college, so we are new empty nesters! I spent the last 25 or so years volunteering as much as I could with Naperville Community School District 203 and other spots around town. This past spring I began a regular shift as a volunteer animal keeper at the District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
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Dog Drives Man's Connection to Nature

Since childhood, Kevin Keller has always been drawn to the outdoors, through photography, fishing, plants and gardening and weather watching. 
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Naperville Teen Lands Trophy with Pastime

on Nov 19, 2018 12:27:51 PM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Nature Take 5 Recreation
Carter Wijangco began fishing with his grandfather in Iowa when he was five years old.
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How Nature Helped One Woman Find Herself

  Katherine Howard Nature Whisperer I grew up in Idaho and Alaska, so nature has always been up close and personal for me. My favorite childhood memories are entwined with experiences with wildlife, such as the many orphaned and injured animals that my stepfather would rehabilitate and release.
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Kline Creek Farm Volunteer Brings History to Life

Linda Frey loves history, so it’s no surprise to find her volunteering at our 1890s living history farm, Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. 
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Greene Valley Hawkwatch Group a Dedicated Flock

  They argue with each other, have spirited debates and freeze their tails off, but they keep coming back for more. 
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Girl Power Conquers 60+ Forest Preserves

Julie Nelson Naperville Mom and nature lover My daughters — Olivia, 16 and Hannah, 14 — were about halfway through summer, and I felt we were in a rut. It seemed like each day they fell into the same routine of summer school, swimming, shopping, going to a movie or falling back to tech time and social media on their phones if we didn’t have other plans. I was looking for ways to find a bit of balance, unplug, practice mindfulness and make some memories without spending too much money. 
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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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