Nature Rangers 2024

Nature Rangers has programs for all ages and children’s activities that will last the entire year. Come to the Rakow Branch to see our collection of books and kits. Nature Ranger activity sheets (for ages 6-10) and folders are now available!


Nature Rangers has a new activity and information sheet for each of the 6 topics we will cover in 2024! Pick them up at the Rakow Branch.


Winter Survival: Hibernation, Adaptation, and Migration
How animals survive the winter months.

To learn more about all the various wildlife that adapt to cold months, hibernate during winter, or migrate to warmer climates to survive, checkout our collection of books.

  • Nature Rangers presents Illinois Wildlife
  • How Animals Survive Winter Months Activity Sheet


Frogs & Toads!

To learn about these amphibians and how to tell them apart, hop to it and pick up the new handout at the Rakow Branch. Be sure to checkout our collection of books, too.

  • Frog and Toad Adventure
  • Earth Day Family Festival


Birds of Illinois

To learn more about several birds that are not seen as often as our backyard feathered friends, checkout our collection of books.


Nature Rangers Kits

Past Events & Activities

Nature Rangers, previously known as Rakow Rangers from 2020-2023, content can be found below.

Rakow Rangers 2023: Dig into Soil


Rakow Rangers 2022: Tree Exploration


Rakow Rangers Coloring Book Rakow Rangers Field Guide

Information for Parents and Adults
Navigating Bluff Spring Fen (Nature Preserve Location & Information)
Bluff Spring Fen Navigation Instructions

Leave No Trace

When spending time in nature, it is important to be conscious of the effects our actions may have on plants, animals, and even entire ecosystems. We have included two important principles below to keep in mind when visiting natural spaces. The two principles outlined below are part of the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

  • Leave What You Find
    • Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them.
    • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
    • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Respect Wildlife
    • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
    • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, [habituates them to humans], and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
    • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
    • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

Rakow Rangers 2021: Start in Your Yard