Visions of Nature: A Photo Journey with David Olson

His travels take him to some of our continent’s most majestic wilderness in search of elusive wildlife. Explore some of the latest work by this award-winning photographer as you’re transported to the quiet and awesome scenes of our natural world.

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.