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. ...

Last winter, while birders around our region marveled at the appearance of snowy owls, one photographer braved the cold to capture the action. ...

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. ...

Aren't children amazing, as they experience their world with awe and wonder at every turn. What if we, too, could think like a youngster again? ...

Check out these amazing images, captured by our local photographers. ...

Recreation opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer. ...

Few city parks earn the designation of Illinois Nature Preserve, but part of Dixon's Lowell Park beats the odds. Learn why its caretakers believe they have a gem that deserves protection. ...

Check out this amazing image, captured by a local photographer. ...

Illinois was once covered by more than 20 million acres of prairie, but now less than 2,500 acres of quality remnant prairie are left. Jamie Johannsen explores prairie's role in the environment and restoration efforts in the Prairie State. ...

Why stay indoors when there's so much to explore in your own backyard? Jamie Johannsen leads a tour of the best outdoor winter activities our region has to offer. ...