815 Outside Builds Enjoyment of Natural Areas

This county-wide initiative is encouraging residents to put down their electronics and enjoy the diverse natural landscapes inside our county forest preserves. Learn how you can get involved.

Smart Living Weekly – August 21, 2019

  815 Outside Helps You Navigate Our Parks Right in Our Region: Becoming healthier in body, mind, and spirit is as simple as going outdoors to enjoy one of the…
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Smart Living Weekly – November 28, 2018

  Klehm Hosts Holiday Open House Right in Our Region: Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., is presenting a holiday treat to the community. It includes entertainment,…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 22, 2018

  Looking Out for Winged Wonders Right in Our Region: Have you checked for Gray Hairstreaks lately? Discovered an American Snout? A Dainty Sulphur? How about a Wild Indigo Duskywing?…
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Smart Living Weekly – May 23, 2018

  Garden Fair Fun at Klehm Arboretum Right in Our Region: The 25th annual Garden Fair Weekend at Klehm Arboretum continues to grow each year, thanks to the tender loving…
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It’s a Wild World! (A Photo Journey)

The wilderness that surrounds our urban landscapes is a source of inspiration and peacefulness for many photographers. Their work reveals a glimpse of what we can experience while exploring this magnificent planet.

Northwest Landscapes, Winter Edition

Check out these amazing images captured by our local photographers.

Northwest Landscapes, Summer/Fall Edition

Check out these amazing images captured by our local photographers.

Community Rallies for Summerfield Zoo

After Summerfield Zoo in Belvidere was hit by a tornado last year, owners Rick and Tammy Anderson wondered if they’d have to close shop. Then something wonderful happened.

Smart Living Weekly – April 1, 2015

  Lots Going On at Rare & Beautiful Klehm Arboretum Right in Our Region: Where can you find a natural area unlike any other in the U.S.? At remarkable Klehm…
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