Catching Nature

People Enjoying Nature in DuPage Forest Preserves

Finding a Sweet Spot for Nature

Alicia Donovan Volunteer beekeeper I'm a volunteer beekeeper at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. I’ve been part of their beekeeping program for over a year. I got interested in honey bees three years ago after taking a Bees and Veterinary Medicine course taught by Meghan Milbrath at Michigan State University. After the first class I was hooked. Honey bees are fascinating and I wanted to learn as much as I could about them. I continued my honey bee education and attended beekeeping classes at the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab. I love learning about bees and other pollinators.
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Lombard Man a Jack-of-all-Trades for Nature

Jimmy Tyson learned from his father the importance of being a jack-of-all- trades in his approach to work, but Tyson has expanded that principle to his approach to nature and volunteering.
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Catching Nature Through Trail Watch

Jane Halbur Trail Watch volunteer, nature photographer I’ve been interested in nature since early on, but I didn’t discover the DuPage forest preserves until about 2008 when I started walking around Herrick Lake Forest Preserve on my lunch hours. From there of course I discovered some of the others. Then I saw the sign for volunteers about four years ago and decided since I was already walking/enjoying the forest preserves, I might as well find out about the volunteer program.
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Catching Nature through Photography & Volunteering

Sheila Newenham Volunteer, photographer, artist, blogger I’ve spent my free time outside for as long as I can remember. As a child, playing outside until darkness fell, as a young adult camping with friends and now hiking, exploring and observing wherever I get the opportunity.
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Woodridge Man Has Quite a Fish Tale

on May 9, 2019 11:24:13 AM By | Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 0 Comments | Locations Take 5 Wildlife Nature
Richard Karun has been exploring DuPage forest preserves ever since he moved to DuPage County in 1995.
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Darien Man Touched by Nature

Glenn Gabanski vividly remembers feeding a mountain chickadee a sunflower seed by hand while visiting his sister in Lake Tahoe.
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Man's Love of Birding Fuels Passion for Springbrook Prairie

Joe Suchecki has many interests, including photography, gardening and bicycling.
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Naperville Man Rekindles His Love of Nature

Chuck Kelly Rekindling a love of nature  I have always enjoyed being outside but have really made an effort over the past 10 years or so to spend as much time outdoors as possible. In addition to working and volunteering with the District, outdoor activities for me include gardening, walking our dog and riding my bike.
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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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