Photo Outings

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About Photo Outings

Please note that you can sign up for each event listed below by following the specified link. Also note that by signing up for each event you are agreeing to the MAPS Photo Outing Waiver of Liability.

You will be able to share your images with the others. You know the routine: 2000 pixels on the long side, saved as JPG with a sRGB color space, then you can drag and drop them to Google Photos using the link provided.

If you are not sure how to prepare or upload your images, please follow the detailed instructions in these documents:
==> How to prepare your images
==> How to upload your images

Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary Project

2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie! To help celebrate this occasion, a request to monitor the prairie in photographs was accepted by MAPS. MAPS members will be able to capture images for an entire year and post them on the MAPS website.

Visit Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary Project for all the details.

Upcoming Outings

Watch this space for the next Photo Outing.

Recent Outings

The Lipizzan Stallions at Tempel Farms – September

A big shout out and many thanks to the great turnout of MAPS members who braved the freeway traffic for the photo outing in Old Mill Creek at Tempel Farms to see the magnificent Lipizzan Stallions.

The opportunity to photograph these majestic and graceful creatures was amazing. We were able to photograph three different stallions as they raced around a photo-friendly corral. We then had a couple more close-up photo shoots inside the stable where the handlers positioned the stallions in dress with some very gentle inside light. Lastly, we were treated to experience the farms’s four mares with their foals as they frolicked inside the corral before being turned loose into the pasture.

It was nice to be out as a group in such lovely surroundings. The weather was perfect and the horses were very photogenic. Click here to see participants’ photos (and, for participants who still have images to post, to upload your photos).

Ball Horticultural Gardens – August

A big shout out and many thanks to the handful of MAPS members who braved the high humidity and temperatures for the photo outing at Ball Horticultural Center in West Chicago.

The Gardens at Ball are home to a wealth of horticultural introductions and improvements for over 80 years. There are over nine acres of display beds for annuals, perennials, cut flowers and vegetables, including the newest new plants from the industry’s leading breeders and marketers.

The variety of plants, the mixture of colours and the expertly manicured beds were a joy to photograph. It was nice to be out as a group in such a lovely and vibrant surrounding. Click here to see participant’s photos (and, for participants who still have images to post. to upload your photos).

Summer Schulenberg Prairie Photo Outing – July

Thanks to each of you for joining this outing to help celebrate the Schulenberg Prairie’s 60th anniversary! We trust our expert guides, Kathleen Thomas, Jane Barnett, and Dulce Lima answered all your questions as well as providing interesting background about the Schulenberg Prairie.

We look forward to seeing your great photos posted on the MAPS website and hope you’ll consider submitting some of them for display during the October 12-16 Schulenberg Prairie Exhibit in the Sterling Morton Library. Image submission will begin August 1.

Click here to upload your images to the website and enjoy those of other members. And let us know what in particular you liked about the outing and anything your feel can be improved; send email to Joe Lunn, MAPS VP, at

Spring Valley Nature Center and Volkening Heritage Farm – June

A big shoutout and many thanks to the hardy handful of MAPS members who braved high temperatures for our photo outing at Spring Valley Nature Center and Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg. 

Beginning at the Visitor Center, the main trail led us through a prairie dotted with wildflowers, past the wetlands and pond with birds and water fowl, to a cabin nestled in the woods. At the end of the trail, we explored the 1841 Oak Cottage farmhouse (part of the historic Greene Homestead) and a number of barns, farm machinery and animals. It was certainly nice to be out as a group, meeting new members, and practicing our craft.  

Click here to upload your photos and and see those of fellow members. See above if you have questions about how to prepare and upload your photos.

Past Outings