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Lecture and Field Trip at Wolf Lake

William W. Powers State Recreation Area

Led by Michael Kobe

June 16, 2018

9:00 AM


Seeing nature through a lens is a lifelong passion for Michael Kobe. He has spent 31 years looking through microscopes while sharing his fascination for Biology as a teacher before making the move to a school administrator for an additional 13 years.  After spending 44 years in education, Michael retired in 2007. Since then, he has developed a love for photography and has used his biological knowledge and his photography skills to satisfy his passion for nature and the environment by recording images to share with others .

His photographs have been utilized extensively in Indiana Dunes National Park publications.  He is recognized for his nature photography especially in his skills of capturing images of insects, flowers, and birds.  He has won many awards with his photographs and was honored by the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association with the prestigious Kohout Nature Award in 2009 and the Grace DeWolf Nature Photography Award in 2011.

Michael Kobe was also the recipient of the “William A. Cody Award in Photography” for meeting the criteria of: developing good programs to share with photography clubs and organizations, teaching classes, and writing articles for newsletters and journals.



APRIL 6 - MAY 18, 2018


APRIL 6, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 PM


927 Noyes Street

Evanston, IL 60201

Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum is reprising its 2017 historic photo exhibit.  The new installation will be located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston, Illinois.  The new show titled, "Celebrating 131 Years + 1, will be on display from its opening on April 6th until May 18, 2018.

Some of the current members of "The Forum" will be exhibiting a variety of work from black and white landscapes to colorful abstracts.

This exhibition commemmorates 132 years since this organization's beginnings as the Chicago Slide Lantern Club.


Michael Kobe will conduct a one hour seminar on “Photography Opportunities at Wolf Lake” including biological, ecological, and historical information about the lake and its surrounding watershed.  After the presentation in the park’s Nature Center, he will take the group on a tour identifying locations to photograph both in Indiana and Illinois.  We expect to photograph abundant water fowl.


12949 Avenue O

Chicago IL 60633

Directions from Chicago:

Take 94 toward Indiana

Get off 130th Street east

Go to Torrence   (Ford Plant on the left)

Make a left

Go to 126th Street and make a right - goes right into the park after about 1 mile