The best nature spots in Chicago’s suburbs


Exploring nature as a family

Research shows that amazing benefits flow from exploring nature as a family. According to the Children and Nature Network, connecting with nature not only provides physical and mental health benefits, but it also nurtures family bonds and encourages kids to respect and protect the earth.

However, a recent study by the Outdoor Foundation found that children's interest and experience with the outdoors is on the decline, and a Nature Conservancy poll found only 10 percent of kids report daily outdoor activity.


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