Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

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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Woman Finds Peace in Nature

Rita Guill credits her mother with instilling a love of nature in her. She and her husband, John, are carrying on that tradition with their kids: Nathaniel (18), Aidan (17), Dominic (14) and Bella (13)
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Man Captures Beauty of Nature

Henry Kim is a lifelong DuPage County resident who has found many ways to connect to nature.
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Woman Cultivates Connection to Nature

Marian Pezdek has loved gardening ever since she was a little girl planting alongside her mother in her gardens.
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Photographer Captures Beauty of Nature

Ian McLeod and his wife moved to DuPage County from Chicago to start a family more than 20 years ago. Now they have two daughters, Emily and Katie, and two golden retrievers, Henry and Hanna, who keep them on their toes.
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Woman Cleans, Hikes the Preserves

Paula Wallrich and her husband have lived in DuPage County for 34 years, raising two sons in what she describes as a hockey family.
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