Eileen Davis and Jan Ward, Environmental Educators, recently conducted separate water quality studies of two ponds in Lake County. Take a look at what they found.
A Tale of Two Ponds: Eileen
A Tale of Two Ponds: Jan
Stay curious and learn about local nature with Jan Ward, Environmental Educator.
Art, Arches and Forts
National Pollinators Month: Jan’s Garden
A biweekly Q&A series featuring a panel of educators excited to share their expertise about Lake County nature and history.
August 5, 2020: Paddlesports
July 22, 2020: Turtle Talk
July 8, 2020: Weather
June 24, 2020: Semi-Aquatic Mammals
June 10, 2020: Nocturnal Animals
May 27, 2020: Birds and Native Plants
May 20, 2020: Backyard Birds and Native Plants
Photos, facts, and videos straight from the backyard bird feeder of Mark Hurley, Environmental Educator.
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Enjoy scenes from our Blanding's Turtle Recovery Program, an effort to boost local populations of the state endangered Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii).
Good Luck, Turt Reynolds!
Learn timely facts and tidbits once a week about the wildlife you might see in the preserves, and in your yard or neighborhood.
See how staff takes care of our education animals behind-the-scenes.
Fox Snake Shed
Hope You’re Owl Doing Well
We are stewards. Storytellers. Educators. Explorers. We are dedicated to sharing the entwined stories of people, events and nature through exhibitions, education and community engagement.
Spotlight on Collections Care
Join Jenny Sazama, Environmental Educator, for fun nature activities designed for children ages 2–4.
Tag along with Mark Hurley, Environmental Educator, on his nature walks through the preserves to learn about the common and not-so-common plants and animals he finds.
Tag along with April Vaos, Environmental Educator, as she explores nature in her backyard.
Whose Scat is That?
Frogs and Toads
Ask An Educator
How to Remove Garlic Mustard
People love to paddle. Our staff know a lot of places to paddle. Sounds like a match.
Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Russel Road Canoe Launch
Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch
Van Patten Woods
Listen to children’s stories read by our educators.
National Tell a Story Day: Stellaluna
Story Time with April: “Jump!”
Learn more about Lake County's beautiful, native wildflowers with Eileen Davis and Mark Hurley, Environmental Educators.
Wildflower Walk at Ryerson Woods: Part One
Wildflower Walk at Ryerson Woods: Part Two
We love wildlife. Especially on Wednesdays.
Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Two Cranes and a Colt