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Nature Inquiry Adventures

Youth exploring nature through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and U of IL Extension
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Nature Tip of the Week

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Check out this article by Kevin Barisonek " Connecting iGeneration to the Natural Worl d". Kevin is a teacher with the San Francisco Unified School District. He blogs for...

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Summer 2014: Nature Inquiry Adventures

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The Forest Preserves of Cook County have been greeted this summer by curious minds from Manierre Elementary School and the YMCA summer camps from Whistler and Libby Schools. The Inqui...

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The Antcam at London's Natural History Museum

Posted by Ron Wolford -

I have always been fascinated by ants. The study of ants is called Myrmecology; this word comes from the Greek words myrmex (ant), and logos (study). There are more than 12000 ant species in the world. Did you know that ants can carry 10 to 15 times their body weight. The legs of the ant are very strong so they can run very quickly. If a man could run as fast for his size as an ant can, he could...

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Nature Tip of the Day: Find Forests and Parks Near You

Posted by Ron Wolford -

There are forests and parks all over the United States. So no matter where you live, you won't have to go very far to get outside. Let the adventures begin! Learn More >>>...

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Inquiry Adventures Field Trip to Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Bremen High School students will be participating in an Inquiry Adventures field trip to the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center on October 8. The Inquiry Adventure will be lead by Cook County Extension S.T.E.M. Educator, Sue Gasper,other Cook County Extension staff and...

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Welcome to the Nature Inquiry Adventures Blog

Posted by Nancy Pollard -

Cook County has more nature areas than any large metropolitan place on the planet. Yet relatively few people visit them. The University of Illinois Extension and Forest Preserve District of Cook County have formed a partnership to bring young people to Forest Preser...

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Take Part in the Great Backyard Bird Count in 2014

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 14-17 in 2014. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like e...

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