On a beautiful fall-like morning last week, a group of East Central Illinois Master Naturalists helped Urbana Park District Natural Areas Coordinator Matt Balk clip Canada goldenrod stems to stop its spread and collecting seeds from prairie sunflower to spread elsewhere in the park.

It’s Ron Bailey’s favorite day of work, even if it means longer hours. Starting at 7 a.m. today until supplies last, he’ll help hand out 4,000 free roses at his Blossom Basket shops in Champaign, 2522 Village Green Place, and Urbana, 1002 N. Cunningham Ave.

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As you might imagine, my family spends a considerable amount of time out observing the wonders of the natural world, and I am always fascinated by the way my kids view and interpret things in nature. Many times, their straightforward and simple perspective makes me feel like such a dummy. Th…

Since 2000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Cathy Pollack and her team have been working to restore and preserve the rare eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), one of the most beautiful native flowers in Illinois.

Thanks to the continued volunteer efforts of C-U Sunrise Rotary, the Decker Garden — a colorful ode to late Champaign Central music teacher Don Decker — continues to flourish at Mattis Park.

Sunny June skies will be a welcome addition to the 2019 Vermilion County Garden Walk, featuring a number of garden spaces that Master Gardeners are well acquainted with but the general public often doesn't visit.