Category Archives: Exploring Illinois

The Garden of the Gods Recreation Area in the Shawnee Hills is a treat for anyone with a taste for geology. The sandstone bluffs and huge boulders at Garden of the Gods present unique formations including one dubbed “Camel Rock.” … Continue reading

Robert Allerton Park in Piatt county hosts over 1,090 species of plants and sixty species of breeding birds. ¬†The Sangamon river floodplain is the perfect environment for a variety of flowers including cardinal flowers, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, wild geranium … Continue reading

Apple River Canyon State Park in northern Illinois provides the kind of topography that much of the state would seemingly lack. This Jo Daviess County nature site is featured in Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie … Continue reading

In Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State, naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post¬†invite you to discover fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks in the Land of Lincoln. Each Wednesday we’ll preview some of the … Continue reading