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Matthew Bucher

Beyond, Event, Previews

Preview: Wild Things Community Seeks Expansion, Beginning with You

All too often, we hear the Midwest referred to as fly-over states. To some, the idea of escaping civilization and heading out into nature involves hopping on a plane. I’ve […]

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Beyond, Parks and zoos, Uncategorized

From the Ashes: How Burning Our Natural Areas Bolsters Them

When out of control, fire can be a truly destructive force. But for our natural prairies, savannas and other natural areas, it can be a priceless tool for preservation. Burn […]

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Beyond, Parks and zoos

Hit the Nearby Trails This Fall

Spring and Summer have faded, and here we go into fall. The growing season has come to an end. A few asters remain in flower, but the majority of plants […]

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Beer and wine, Beyond, Food, Parks and zoos, Suburbs and exurbs

Alter Brewing Keeps Flavor Local With Lyman Woods Honey Wheat Ale

On September 8, Alter Brewing and Downers Grove Park District put on their Field to Fermenter event. This precedes the release of a fall staple for Alter and Downers Grove […]

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Beyond, Parks and zoos, Suburbs and exurbs

Park Profiles: Deer Grove Forest Preserve, East

Since June 21 our days have grown shorter. The sun shows less and less every day, and the flowers of early summer have completed their cycle. The Golden Alexanders have […]

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