Outings

Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Club outings are a great way to have fun shooting, see new places, ask advice of other photographers and share your images on the MNSPC Flickr site. We also share stories while enjoying food and drink. Why not join us?

Lilacia Park Outing – May 2021

Several MNSPC members got an early start before the crowds and increased wind arrived. They enjoyed a beautiful morning among the colorful tulips and fragrant lilacs at Lilacia Park.

Eggers Grove Outing – April 2021

As a follow up to our April program: Crusin’ Calumet – Where Natural Areas and Industry ClashJessica Becker from FPDCC and Karin Grunow hosted an outing to the far south area of the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPDCC), Eggers Grove in April.

Eggers is a unique habitat, combining dry, wooded ridges where spring wildflowers thrive with long, narrow wetlands filled with sedges, marsh grasses, emergent forbs and waterfowl. Eggers is also considered a birding hotspot.

Illinois Beach State Park Outing
Awesome sunrise! Awesome shelf ice! Shelf ice is a floating mat of ice, but unlike a pond or a small lake that freezes over, the shelf is not a uniform sheet of ice. Created by the wind and waves, the shelf ice is a jumble of ice chunks, pushed onto each other. It is as if you took a pile of rubble and pushed up against a wall.
7 MNSPC members braved the cold to get up at 4am and travel to Illinois Beach State Park to capture the last of the shelf ice before the warmer weather hit.