Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

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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Nature Refreshes Nun's Soul

On any given summer day, you might find Fran (short for Francetta) Glowinski chasing damsel- and dragonflies, experimenting with bubbles, and kayaking at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton.
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Nature Helps Couple Transition into Retirement

Throughout the years, nature and DuPage forest preserves have played an important role in Debby and Tom Gerhardstein’s lives as they raised their family and pursued careers.
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Native Plants Connect Man to Nature

John Opila and his wife Gail enjoy exploring DuPage forest preserves on foot or by bicycle. They’re also into native plant landscaping and gardening.
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Woman Catches Nature Through Photography

Susan Nix has always had the nature bug. She has wonderful memories of taking her kids for nature walks through the woods.
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Man Finds True Calling in Nature

Denis Kania graduated from college with a degree in computer science and worked in applications development for more than 20 years. By then, he had grown tired of the corporate world and was ready for something different.
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Couple Visits All DuPage Forest Preserves

Kim and Rick Gieser like to take walks together to decompress from their day. Kim is a district manager for LEGO Brand Retail, in charge of stores in the Midwest & throughout Canada, and Rick is the publicist for Zanies Comedy Clubs, a part-time producer at WGN Radio and village trustee in Carol Stream.
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Woman Shares Her Love of Nature with Others

Jill Spealman recently retired from 33 years of corporate IT training and 4 years of public school teaching. But she’s not done teaching yet!
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Man Hikes, Bikes and Photographs Nature

Ryan Kadolph has trekked countless miles through DuPage forest preserves on his bicycle. But that’s not the only way he enjoys nature and the preserves. He’s also into thru-hiking, landscape photography and creating video blogs of his adventures set to music.
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