Posts in category "conservation"

Exploring the River Trail Nature Center

Exploring the River Trail Nature Center
What to do when there’s a Chicago winter heatwave? Change into a pair of shorts? Head out for ice cream? That’s what I witnessed people doing today as the temperature hit a whopping 48°F. It’s been so cold here lately that 48°F feels like 88°F. Tomorrow the forecast calls for a high of 29°F and... Read more »

History, art and nature at the Lake County Discovery Museum

History, art and nature at the Lake County Discovery Museum
Our adventure today led us to the Lake County Discovery Museum. This museum is located in the Lakewood Forest Preserve which is the largest forest preserve in Lake County. We drove through rolling green hills and saw two deer walking across the meadow on the drive into the museum. We knew we were headed into... Read more »

Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center: A Hidden Gem on the North Shore

Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center: A Hidden Gem on the North Shore
Lilia attended a birthday party today at the Lake Forest Wildlife Discovery Center. After hearing great things about this place, we decided to tag along. After dropping Lilia off in the party room, we walked into the nature center and met a wide array of amphibians and reptiles including snakes, turtles and lizards. There was... Read more »
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Little Red Schoolhouse: A Must See Illinois Nature Center

Little Red Schoolhouse: A Must See Illinois Nature Center
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, IL is a must see nature center in the Chicago area. I believe I went here once as a child, but it’s a vague memory. In 2010, a new visitor center, additional live animal exhibits and a children’s activity room were added. This nature center had definitely... Read more »

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie & The Children's Garden Project

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie was established in 1996 as the first national tallgrass prairie in the country.

Big Run Wolf Ranch, An Educational Illinois Animal Rescue

Big Run Wolf Ranch, An Educational Illinois Animal Rescue
Looking for an outing to learn and observe animals such as wolves, horses, foxes, and even skunks? Look no further than Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, Il. My cousin Dominick is working at Big Run as an intern and he invited the family down for one of their monthly open houses. Lockport is about... Read more »
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Donating Crayons in 3 Easy Steps

Donating Crayons in 3 Easy Steps
Have you ever heard of donating crayons? I hadn’t either until my mom gave me the heads up after seeing it at her local library. We do a lot of donating in our house. Clothes, shoes, toys, you name it. We have a cozy house (that’s what our real estate agent called it, anyway. It... Read more »

Five Reasons Why You Should be Composting

Five Reasons Why You Should be Composting
There are at least five reasons why you should be composting. There are actually more than that, but let’s start simply. A couple of days ago, Fran picked up a compost bin and today we christened it with sticks, grass, branches and kitchen scraps. Our composting bin is made of plastic and looks similar to... Read more »

How to Adopt an Animal, Near and Far

How to Adopt an Animal, Near and Far
Growing up I had pretty much every pet under the sun. At one point or another I had a dog, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, a ferret, rabbits, snakes, turtles, mice and fish. Currently, we have a dog, Vincent and a betta fish, Scooby Doo. We also still have our butterfly house guests, but they’ll be... Read more »
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