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  • An opossum atop a wooden fence.

    Quiz: Are you an expert on opossums?


    Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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  • An Asian longhorned tick on a leaf.

    New tick sighting in Illinois a reminder to be vigilant


    An invasive tick called the Asian longhorned tick has been discovered for the first time in Illinois.

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  • A monarch butterfly at rest on a yellow flower.

    Quiz: Are you a monarch master?


    Test you knowledge about monarchs with this 10-question quiz.

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  • A shiny metallic green six-spotted tiger beetle in the soil.

    Six-spotted tiger beetles: Flashes on the forest floor


    If you catch a glimpse of a flash of green on the forest floor, you might be on the trail of a six-spotted tiger beetle.

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  • A new moon high in the sky above pinkish clouds just after the sun has set.

    Five things about the mysterious moon


    The moon is a constant in our lives, and it's long been a source of curiosity and inspiration. Here is your chance to learn more about it.

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  • A double rainbow over a prairie.

    Nature curiosity: What causes a rainbow to appear?


    Learn the science behind a rainbow and why you might even be able to see one in the dark.

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  • A turkey vulture, with its dark body and red head, comes in for landing next to another on a path.

    Quiz: What's your turkey vulture IQ?


    Find out by answering these 10 questions.

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  • A night sky filled with stars.

    This year's sky show continues with a parade of planets


    So far this year we've experienced a solar eclipse and a solar storm resulting in spectacular northern lights displays. Next up in sky-watching events is a parade of planets at the beginning of June. 

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  • A person standing next to a tree with more trees and a river in the background.

    Meet a Naturalist: Sara Russell, weaving history, culture and nature together


    Meet Sara Russell, an interpretive naturalist at Isle a la Cache Museum.

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  • Cicadas sit on a branch in a forest.

    What was life like when Brood XIII cicadas last emerged? Take a trip down memory lane


    How much has changed since the Brood XIII cicadas last emerged in 2007? Well, back then the iPhone was brand new. And so was the Netflix streaming service. But not everything is much different than it was in 2007.

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Trio of teen summer programs will include hiking and kayaking


Teenagers are invited to sign up for three summer programs that are designed specifically for them. Two Teen Connection programs and one kayaking program will be offered in July and August. Teens can connect with others and try something new. 

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Pollinator Party on June 15 offers free, family-friendly fun


The 2024 Pollinator Party on June 15 at Isle a la Cache in Romeoville will offer free, family-friendly activities including an obstacle course, food trucks, face painting, an insect safari, vendors and more. Buzz on by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate pollinators and the essential role they play in our lives. 

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