Brushwood Center in the News

Field Museum Lecture Series at Brushwood Center

Buffalo Grove Countryside - February 10, 2017

Skip the long drive to Chicago & head to Brushwood Center to learn about The Field Museum's latest environmental research & field work! Brushwood Center & The Field Museum's Keller Science Action Center (KSAC) are partnering to host...


The Choreography of Birds Opens at Brushwood Center

Deerfield Review - February 9, 2017

As Artist-in-Residence at The Field Museum of Natural History for over 30 years, Peggy Macnamara has had a unique opportunity to study and paint the museum's estimated 30 million specimens. Brushwood Center is thrilled to showcase a series of her...


Ryerson Reads Enters its 14th Season!

Buffalo Grove Countryside - February 2, 2017

The 2016-2017 season of Ryerson Reads wraps up on March 8th with Half Earth by Edward O. Wilson taking the stage for an indepth discussion led by Professor Benjamin Goluboff. Then the excitement of planning for Ryerson Reads' 14th season begins and a whole new set...


Local Artists Enriching Life at Brushwood Center

Buffalo Grove Countryside - January 25, 2017

On January 8th, 250 art and nature lovers flocked to Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods to see "Enriching Life at Brushwood Center," the latest art exhibit to grace the historic walls of the nonprofit. The exhibition features the work of 17 local artists...


Local Artists Exhbit at Brushwood Center

Buffalo Grove Countryside - December 22, 2016

Brushwood Center's newest art exhibit, Enriching Life at Brushwood Center, opens Sunday, January 8th, 1-3pm. Free. No registration. Exhibition runs January 8 February 27, 2017. Explore the captivating art created by the Botanical Artists of Brushwood Center in this exhibition curated by award-winning artist and instructor, Heeyoung Kim.


Brushwood Center Holiday Open House & Carol Sing

Buffalo Grove Countryside - December 2, 2016

RIVERWOODS, IL Brushwood Center is decking the halls, celebrating the season with its 2nd Annual Holiday Open House and Carol Sing on Saturday, December 10th, 4-7pm. Enjoy the holiday season the old-fashioned way with the Brushwood family as they harken back to a simpler time at historic Brushwood Center located in the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve. This free event will include


The Spring '16 Science Art Exhibit Guide

Scientific American - May 4, 2016


Brushwood Center Announces next Speaker Series Events

Daily Herald - April 12, 2016

What do the vast mountains of Bolivia, the remote wilderness of Ecuador, and the wildlife corridors of the Chicago region have in common? The answer is Nora Bynum, director of the Science Action Center...


Brushwood Center puts a new spin on "Over the River and Through the Woods"

Deerfield Review - November 23, 2015

RIVERWOODS, IL Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods announces a new program seasoned with Christmases past. On Saturday, December 12, 4-6pm Brushwood Center is hosting a Brushwood Christmas. Enjoy Christmas the oldfashioned way...


Regeneration in nature topic of exhibition at Ryerson Woods

Daily Herald - August 11, 2015

A new group exhibition "Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation" will open with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16...


Citadel Theatre takes 'As You Like It' outdoors

Chicago Tribune - July 17, 2015

Citadel Theatre Company is taking Shakespeare on the road. You can see the company's production of "As You Like It" at four locations this summer. Artistic Director Scott Phelps said they are moving the show around "to get the word out in Lake County that Shakespeare's back.


Shakespeare Outdoors Returns to Brushwood Center

Daily Herald - July 2, 2015

Brushwood Center announces the return of Shakespeare Outdoors at 7 p.m. July 23-26 with the Bard's "As You Like It," performed by Citadel Theatre. This summertime event will be performed...


Sound Experts make art of the noise that surrounds us

Chicago Tribune - January 18, 2015

"This," said Eric Leonardson, "is a hailstorm." Outside the window, the sun was shining. But inside through the earbuds plugged into Leonardson's laptop, thunder cracked. Rain started drumming. The hail moved in, finally making...


Photography exhibit reveals lifestyle at former Ryerson home

Daily Northshore - October 27, 2014

The path to Brushwood, off of Riverwoods Road, winds its way through a chute of tall trees, with sinuous limbs that appear to reach out for each other to form a hooded canopy. Beyond sits the house...


Lake County forest preserve trails have some tales to tell

Chicago Daily Herald - September 7, 2014

A new educational program debuted Friday at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods near Riverwoods. Presented in Spanish and English, Trail...


Brushwood Center garden restored: Volunteers keep native plants thriving for visitors, wildlife

Chicago Tribune - September 3, 2014

Leight Stewart of Buffalo Grove helped restore the Brushwood Center garden at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods. (Posted by Brushwood Center at...


Shakespeare Outdoors Returns to Brushwood Center

Daily Herald - July 2, 2015

Brushwood Center announces the return of Shakespeare Outdoors at 7 p.m. July 23-26 with the Bard's "As You Like It," performed by Citadel Theatre. This summertime event will be performed...


Sound experts make art of the noise that surrounds us

Chicago Tribune - January 18, 2015

"This," said Eric Leonardson, "is a hailstorm." Outside the window, the sun was shining. But inside through the earbuds plugged into Leonardson's laptop, thunder cracked. Rain started drumming. The hail moved in, finally making ...


Photography exhibit reveals lifestyle at former Ryerson home

Daily Northshore - October 27, 2014

The path to Brushwood, off of Riverwoods Road, winds its way through a chute of tall trees, with sinuous limbs that appear to reach out for each other to form a hooded canopy. Beyond …


Shakespeare comes to Brushwood Center: A performance in the woods with Citadel Theatre

Chicago Tribune - July 20, 2014

Shakespeare aficionados and neophytes alike can relax among the lush vegetation and sound of crickets at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, Ill. on ...


'Midsummer Night's Dream' to play outdoors at Ryerson Woods

Lincolnshire Review - July 22; Mundelein Review - July 27, 2014

Citadel Theatre Company will bring a touch of wonder to Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Aug. 1-3, with its production of “A Midsummer Night's ...


Brushwood Center hosts 'Avian Spirits' exhibition

Barrington Courier-Review - July 9, 2014

Birds have inspired artists throughout time. That relationship is celebrated in “Avian Spirits” at Brushwood Center at Ryerson ...


Art exhibition linking passenger pigeon, Jewish heritage comes to Ryerson Woods May 4

Trib Local, Libertyville - April 14, 2014 & Deerfield Review - April 15, 2014

LAKE COUNTY, IL - Artists and friends Steffi Domike and Ann T. Rosenthal often focus on environmental issues in their work, sometimes weaving bird imagery into their pieces...


Meet world-class bird guide author David Sibley

Glencoe News - April 4, 2014

Glenview resident and birder Dick Paulson was stymied trying to identify a duck he recently saw while vacationing in Oregon. No problem. He just pulled out “The Sibley Guide to Birds” and discovered he was looking at a non-breeding male cinnamon teal. The guide, written and illustrated by David Sibley, “is the best out there,” said Paulson...


See Libraries popping up in the suburbs

Daily Herald - March 22, 2014

This summer, hikers at two Lake County forest preserves will find something new and unusual at the end of special trails -- outdoor libraries. The decorative boxes full of books will be the suburbs' latest Little Free Libraries, as part of an effort that began about five years ago and has expanded across the nation and...


Renowned birder, artist and author is returning to Ryerson Woods

Daily Herald - March 18, 2014

On the heels of the release of his highly anticipated second edition of “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” David Sibley will speak and sign books ...


Forest Preserve's “Trail Tales” to mix literacy with nature

Lake County News Sun - January 19, 2014

Lake County Forest Preserve officials hope that turning beloved children’s stories into trail hikes this summer may boost literacy, offer families a new outdoor learning experience and, hopefully...


Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Ryerson Woods

Gazebo News - October 3, 2013

Take advantage of the fall weather and join the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Ryerson Woods with Sophie Twichell, Executive Director...


See the forest for trees — and the art shows

Chicago Tribune - January 14, 2013

After a hike at Ryerson Woods near Deerfield they stopped for a drink of water at Brushwood, the headquarters and arts center hub of Friends of Ryerson...


Friends of Ryerson Woods program: How did prairies influence Frank Lloyd Wright?

Examiner.com -July 16, 2012

We in the Chicago Region owe much to prairies, including rich soils that became the foundation of Illinois agriculture. Midwestern prairie expanses also shaped architecture— specifically the uniquely American Prairie School of architecture. On Thursday July 19,...


Volunteer helps make Ryerson accessible with bilingual tour

Deerfield Review - July 16, 2012

Bannockburn resident Valerie Lewis has been a volunteer for Friends of Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods for one year, but she had close ties to the nature preserve long before she began...