Using Nature To Nurture Social-Emotional Skills

Nov 29, 2019
Peter Medlin

Three kids crunch the leaves under their feet while helping a fourth kid get a foothold to climb a short tree on the edge of a fenced-in yard.

On the other side of the yard, a sensory wall is adorned with chimes and bells. But the most popular attraction has got to be the mud kitchen. It’s actually just a few wood pallets made to look live a stove, but it’s much more to the 4 and 5-year-olds here.

This Year's Weather Could Boost Success Of Cover Crops

Aug 6, 2018

If you have been debating on the idea of cover crops, this might be the year to give them a try.

Cover crops are planted after a harvest to enrich and protect the soil. Types of cover crops include cereal rye, wheat and ryegrass. Phillip Alberti is a Crop Science Educator with the University of Illinois Extension. He says cover crops are a great way to improve the overall health of farm fields.

Terry Schuster

There’s no denying the Bald Hill Prairie Preserve is a pretty special place. Last year, the Byron Forest Preserve District acquired the gravel hill prairie that had been used for cattle grazing for decades. For one thing, Forest Preserve Executive Director Todd Tucker says it’s the second highest point in Ogle County. It has a great view of the Rock River. It’s home to endangered and threatened plants and animals, like woolly milkweed and short-eared owls.

Oh, and the largest tree in Illinois.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There’s not much left of the prairies and oak savannas that used to cover Illinois. Now the state has found a way to help environmental organizations protect those precious natural areas.


A drug that makes most cancers more vulnerable to the body's immune system may mark a new era in treatment. That’s according to a study published in the journal Nature.

The medicine strips cancer cells of the "camouflage" they use to evade attack by the immune system.

In the study, some patients totally recovered from terminal bladder cancer.

NIU Prof Part Of Fossil Discovery

Jun 6, 2013

An international research team has made a major fossil discovery. An NIU professor played a role in compiling the findings, which were announced this week.