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Become a ChicagoNatureNOW! Scout


The purpose of ChicagoNatureNOW! is to connect Chicagoans with national-park quality events that occur at top nature preserves around the Chicago region. When a glorious natural event takes place, an alert is posted. Our biggest challenge is getting current information about what’s going on at our featured preserves. ChicagoNatureNOW! is all about timing.

We Need People to Report on Our Featured Preserves.

One day, these reports will be guided by crowd-sourcing through Instagram. However, this can’t happen until enough people are visiting the sites. Crowd-sourcing requires a crowd.

If you frequently visit one of our featured preserves, then this is a natural fit. Just send a report if something great is happening when you visit. If you choose to adopt a site, I will send you a list of dates when a national park quality event may occur at your site.

Impromptu Reports
When you experience a grand event at any of our sites, just send us s0me pictures and a useful description. The easiest way to do this is to join our Friends of ChicagoNatureNOW! Facebook group, where you can show off your pictures and learn about nature from other enthusiastic nature lovers.

What is a Report?
A report consists of a few pictures (with the date and time the pictures were taken), the name of the preserve, and the names of the flowers, if you know them. That’s pretty much it. Take a few shots of the wider landscape to clearly show the quality of the event. We’re not looking for great photography. We just want to see if the event should trigger an alert. If you don’t know the flower, take a tighter shot to help us identify it. To give you an idea of what I mean by a “national-park quality event,” take a peek at the photos on this website and at

Contact us if you’re interested in being one of our scouts and we’ll work out the details.