The landscape of northeastern Illinois is unlike any other in the world. This “field guide” is designed to help you see it through a different lens. It presents a collection of images and sounds from around Chicago and beyond that show some of the many ways people understand and represent the natural world.
This isn’t a guide for identifying species. It isn’t comprehensive. It’s simply a way to experience the nature around us and remember that we are interrelated. Just as our own lives depend on air, water and soil, these elements depend on us to treat them with care.
This guide was inspired by the amazing Openlands Lakeshore Preserve and Ryerson Woods north of Chicago. It was created by museum studies students from Johns Hopkins University whose own eyes were opened by the work of its making.