Mayslake Nature Study &

Photography Club

Our Tradition

The club was founded in 1965 to help photographers broaden their knowledge of nature and improve their techniques for “capturing nature’s beauty.” The Club’s purpose continues to be primarily educational, with an emphasis on nature study and photographic technique. In the process of learning, members gain a greater understanding and respect for the natural world. The Club is hosted by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Our temporary home while Mayslake Peabody Estates is undergoing renovations is at Fullersburg Woods in Oakbrook by the Nature Center.

Mission Statement of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

“To acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands, and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and the scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of it’s citizens.”

The Club Officers

The Club Officers

Frank Norton

Frank Norton


Christine Dewey

Christine Dewey

Vice President

Barbara Dunn

Barbara Dunn


Karin Grunow

Karin Grunow



CACCA Delegates: Karl Knapp, Marcia Nye
The CACCA Delegate shall: Represent the Club at the Delegate’s meetings of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA). Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, September through May.

Competition: Ramu Bijanki, Bill Ludemann, David Schooley
The Competitions Chairperson and Assistants shall: Be responsible for obtaining the services of three (3) judges for each competition and for coordinating the submitted images for competitions.

Nature Study:  Jack Shouba
The Nature Study Chairperson shall: Be responsible for keeping members informed regarding nature/conservation projects and activities on a local, regional, state or national level.

Equipment: Dave Schooley
The Equipment Chairperson shall: Be responsible for taking care of the Public Address (PA) system before, during and after a meeting.

Exhibits: Cheryl Rausch
The role of the Exhibits Chairperson is to decide contents of and organize shows for club events and our ongoing exhibit space.

Forest Preserve Liaison: Cheryl Rausch
The role of the Forest Preserve Liaison is to serve as the communication channel to the Forest Preserve District.

Membership: Jeff Woolley
The Membership Chairperson and Assistant shall: Arrive early to all meetings to greet visitors, to set out the membership and guest registers, nametags, Club brochures, and membership applications.

Outings: Hank Erdmann
The Outings Chairperson shall: Be responsible for planning all Club outings and/or assisting with the planning for the Volunteer Outing Leaders. Be responsible for providing information about the outings as early as possible to the Publications Chairperson and Webmaster for including in the Club Newsletter FOCUS.

Publications: Frank Norton
The Publications Chairperson shall: Be responsible for the preparation, publication, and distribution of the FOCUS each month.

Social: Christine Dewey
The Social Chairperson and Assistant shall: Be responsible for the following social responsibilities of the Club: Annual Banquet (April), Club Picnic (Summer), Holiday Social (December).

Webmaster: Steve Ornberg
The Webmaster shall: Be responsible for maintaining and updating the Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Website.

Explore Our Newsletters

Each month we publish The FOCUS newletter with announcements of upcoming meetings, exhibits, events and competition results.

View Our Images

Visit the Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Club Flickr site to view our images from past competitions and outings and exhibits.