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Earth Day

Let me start off by saying how much I love being outside. It’s fantastic and offers me the motivation to be more conscious of my choices, and being connected to earth is truly a beautiful thing. 605 more words



The weather is warming. The flowers are blossoming. And the Bird’s are singing…somewhere. Non of that is happening in Chicago, not yet at least. It’s April and our weather guy just forecasted snow for the weekend. 423 more words


Chilled Waters

Finishing up a very productive week with a visit to a park south of Rockford. Although I have painted at this canoe launch before, today I found a different perspective. 133 more words

Plein Air Paintings


A warm day in late October. Decided to take a drive through a park anticipating a worthy scene. Unfortunately the spots I thought would hold promise, failed to excite me. 108 more words

Plein Air Paintings

Diddle Diddle Dumpling

You may not have a snowmobile in the preserve.  Nor may you have any alcohol.  Nor an ATV.  All dogs must be leashed.  And, obviously, a hiker may only wear one shoe. 43 more words

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Oak Ecosystems in the Chicago Wilderness Region

Maybe you know them from walking through your favorite forest preserve or from raking their leaves in the fall. Maybe you know them from memories of picnics beneath their shade, from playing under one in your neighborhood park, or from collecting and investigating their acorns as a kid just because you were curious. 780 more words

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Conservation Policy Updates from the Federal and Local Levels

Last winter, Openlands promised to keep you, our constituents and supporters, up-to-date on news and policy proposals impacting conservation in our region. Conservation issues remain in the headlines and in the forefront of political discussions, and below we have updates on issues from transportation to clean water, how these issues are unfolding, and how you can help. 885 more words