| Mar 8, 2014
| 5:02 PM
Madeline Xi Cui Friedman was born in China and has lived much of her life with her family in western Howard County, but she considers herself a global citizen.
The 17-year-old high school senior attends the Shanghai Community International School in...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:27 AM
Imagine a place a few miles from the shores of Long Island Sound where one can hike from dawn to dusk without leaving its borders. Where a series of high ledges dotted with small caves overlook a vast marsh that attracts thousands of migrating birds...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 5:42 PM
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize — As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Chicago-born author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson once wrote, "Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium." For many of us, that...
| Aug 27, 2013
Cameroon, located on the west coast of Africa between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, is a nation of unparalleled beauty and biological diversity. Mt. Cameroon, in the west, is one of Africa's largest volcanoes, reaching 13,255 feet; in the north of the...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 12:09 PM
High in the mountains of northeastern Australia, scientists have discovered three intriguing animals that are brand new to science, and you can see all three of them in the photo gallery above.
They include the bizarre-looking leaf-tailed gecko...
| Jan 29, 2014
A revised Army Corps of Engineers study of possible flood-control projects along the Des Plaines River scrapped a controversial reservoir project near Buffalo Grove in exchange for two smaller reservoirs on Cook County Forest Preserve land.
| Feb 18, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Sharpshooters will return to a Will County forest preserve to take out a few more deer in an effort to curb a fatal disease among the herd.
Forest preserve officials discovered chronic wasting disease in the Kankakee Sands preservation area near...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Find your Christmas tree at one of these 12 Chicago-area farms—all within 90 miles of downtown.
Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
A complimentary horse-drawn wagon is ready to take you to out the field at Ben’s, a 55-acre farm...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 10:10 AM
A one-mile path proposed for Knoch Knolls Park drew no opposition at a recent open house on the Naperville Park District's master plan.
The public had expressed support for recreational paths at other gatherings, but this one attracted few residents....
| Jan 9, 2014
I'm talking to my daughter.
Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter...