People have been helping one another, at no charge, since time began, but you may be surprised at just how diverse the options for volunteering are today. ...

Researchers have caught up with Mom’s admonition to “Go outside and play!” Discover some new programs that encourage us to reap the full benefits of some of the highest-quality natural areas in the Midwest. ...

One magical sign of summer is the flutter of backyard butterflies, and although we hear plenty about the imperiled monarch, plenty of other species are threatened, too. Learn what's wrong and how you can help. ...

As the newest addition to Severson Dells Forest Preserve, this interactive playground may be just the ticket to better engaging kids and their parents with the wonders of nature. ...

It's true, winter is a time where we can value silence and the crisp winds. We make the case for getting outside and exploring the winter landscape, through many recreational activities. ...

Our neatly manicured lawns may be a source of pride, but at what cost to our wildlife? Jamie Johannsen explains why it's time for a new mindset in residential landscaping. ...