Families are finding there's something hidden around the Byron area's nature preserves. With the right tools and a little searching, you can find these geocaches, too. ...

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of our region and continues to influence its culture. We enjoy highlighting places of worship, one in the country and one in the city, in each issue. ...

Now filling a space more than triple the size of its old location, this familiar fixture in downtown Rockford is making strides toward its goal of serving even more local animals. ...

Natural Land Institute is serious about engaging children with nature, and its new-look summer program makes it easy for the whole family to get some fresh air. ...

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to influence the culture of our region. We enjoy highlighting places of worship in each issue. ...

At this K-5 school in Machesney Park, Ill., staff puts a priority on helping students to feel like part of the family. ...

"Special education" covers many areas in Rockford's public school system, and it's all aimed at helping a student to achieve his or her highest potential. Meet a few of these determined educators and see the difference they're making in young lives. ...

Our children can live a prosperous life in the Rockford area, and it’s their quality education that will propel them to success. Here, Northwest Quarterly profiles area schools to assist parents in making this all-important decision about their child’s education. ...

Animal adoptions have gone up dramatically over the past year, and that's good news for Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, in Rockford. Step inside and see how this nonprofit is weathering the pandemic and how you can help. ...

Organized religion played a major role in the settling of Illinois and continues to impact our region in many ways. We enjoy highlighting places of worship and their work both at home and abroad. ...