Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

Nature is a Classroom for Teacher

Kiel Smith is a firm believer that there is much to learn from nature. The science teacher at Metea Valley High School in Aurora is also a steward of the Forest Preserve District’s Big Woods Forest Preserve in Aurora, just down the street from the school.
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Woman Turns To Preserves for Exercise, Adventure

Growing up in Minnesota, Marie Biemesderfer has always been drawn to water and nature. She remembers discovering how things came to life after in the spring after a long winter while working on a high school field biology project.
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Nature Inspires Woman in Many Ways

Judith Horsley believes in teaching by example. She and her husband, Michael, planted native gardens at their West Chicago home and their church, both of which are now certified monarch waystations.
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Woman Catches Nature through iPhoneography

I’m a lifelong DuPage resident, wife and mother. In the past, I was editor of a photography magazine, a creative director, freelance marketing communications writer, and blogger.
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Man and His Dog Glide on Trails

I am originally from Minnesota, but work for The Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory brought me to the area.
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Man Enjoys Exploring the Preserves

Daryl Kellenberger loves nature, and he loves sharing the beauty of nature with others through his photography and Instagram page @daryl.k.
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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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Woodridge Man Has Eagle Eye to the Sky

Jeff Smith braves howling winds and brutal cold to scour the skies for migrating hawks from atop the Greene Valley scenic overlook, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
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Aurora Woman Makes Up for Lost Time

April Green is making up for lost time. After living in DuPage County for 32 years, she decided 2019 was the year to discover DuPage forest preserves.
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Couple Delivers on Connecting to Nature

Their neighbors call them "the post office" because "neither snow nor rain nor heat” keep June Lincoln and her husband of 37 years, Chuck, from exercising in the DuPage forest preserves year-round. When it comes to appreciating and making good use of the natural areas that are quite literally in their backyard, they deliver!
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