Tag: Cook County Forest Preserves

August Sketch Class Results

On Saturday August 28th, another successful sketch class was held at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, IL. Why was it successful? Not for the size of the class, but for the experience we had; for the beauty we experienced and for nature, which…

Sketch Class Saturday

“There’s nothing free in life.” Said the pessimist. OH, YES THERE IS!!! Just a friendly reminder, this Saturday is the next free plein air sketch class at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. If you are in the Chicago area and would like to…

Weekly Sketcher Announcement

I’ve kept a little secret. I am proud to announce a phenology art project that I have been working on for one year has completed today on August 8, 2010. What is phenology? Phenology is the study of the seasons and how it affects plants and…

Grand Opening Little Red Schoolhouse Educational Center

The Little Red Schoolhouse of Willow Springs, IL, had its Educational Center grand opening today! I worked as a volunteer and was able to experience this great event up close!  Here we have one of two mounted police protecting the area. This horse had…

Mushrooms in the Woods Sketch

Journal entry: 6-16-2010 85°F mostly sunny, light breeze Country Lane Woods, Cook County Forest Preserves Zone 6 The mosquitoes are vicious this afternoon. Humid wet conditions make them happy. I will put up with them for a little while and render my payment, a…

Hike at Little Red Schoolhouse

There are so many treasures to be found while hiking. Let me share with you a secret on how to get the most out of your hike: Walk slow and be quiet, scan the ground as well as both sides of the trail with your eyes as you…

Let’s Paint a Summer Tree!

Yesterday I visited Papoose Lake in Palos Park, IL., part of Cook County’s protected Forest Preserves. I fell in love with a scene just across the lake; a water spout and an elm tree. Can you just imagine all of the peoples past, that went…

Class at Sagawau

I’m currently studying to become a Master Naturalist in the state of Illinois, a class which takes us to various locations to study different subjects. Today we were at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, studying ornithology. Oooo birds!  This morning we went for a bird hike and…

Jack in the Pulpit Sketch

Happy Earth Day! My gift to you? A Jack in the Pulpit sketch… I live in the Midwest which is not a very exotic place, but this plant, although native, is very exotic to me. I love the shape and the stripes it possesses….

Oh the Blessings of Spring Sketch

The redbuds flaunt above, While the bluebells boast below. As if a competition, a race to allure the viewer… I the observer, I reap the benefits. Standing in awe, with nothing to match, I am swiftly humbled. C. Kane Today, I had the opportunity to…