Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Club

“Capturing Nature’s Beauty”

Our Tradition

The club was founded in 1965 to help photographers broaden their knowledge of nature and improve their techniques for “capturing nature’s beauty.” The Club’s purpose continues to be primarily educational, with an emphasis on nature study and photographic technique. In the process of learning, members gain a greater understanding and respect for the natural world. The Club is hosted by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County*

*Mission Statement of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

“To acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands, and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and the scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of it’s citizens.”

Frequently Asked Questions by Visitors

When are meetings held?

Meetings are held year-round on the first Monday of each month (excepting holidays) in the Mayslake Hall at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Digital and Print Competitions are held 4 times a year on the third Monday of the month.  Meetings start at 7:00 p.m.

I just bought my first camera and do not know how to use it. Can I still join your club if I am so new?

Of course! Our club has members that are from beginner to expert. We welcome all levels of photographers to observe, learn and share.

Where are meetings held?

Meetings are held at Mayslake Hall at the Peabody Estate,

1717 W. 31st. St.,

Oakbrook, IL

Do I need to attend all of the meetings?

No, you do not need to attend all meetings. One of the goals of the Mayslake Nature Study & Camera Club is to have fun at doing what is enjoyable in the spirit of friendly competition and sharing of knowledge. To this end, the club meetings are friendly and open, conducted in a casual atmosphere where everyone is welcome to participate as fully as they like.

When looking at your website, I am seeing such beautiful photographs from your members. Do I have to be a professional photographer to join?

No, you do not need to be a professional photographer. Our club has members that are from beginner to expert. We welcome all levels of photographers to observe, learn and share.

So how can I join the club?

Come visit us for your first meeting.  You can join by either giving the dues, $30 per person or $45 for household, to the Membership Chairperson at the meeting or contact via email: info@mlnpc.com.

The Club Officers

Steve Ornberg President
Harry Hitzeman Vice President of Programs
Barbara Dunn Secretary
Chuck Klingsporn Treasurer
2015-2016 Chairpersons
 CACCA Delegates: Karl Knapp, Marcia Nye
The CACCA Delegate shall: Represent the Club at the Delegate’s meetings of the Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA). Meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, September through May.
Competition: Ron Szymczak, Lee Balgemann, Mike Lake
The Competitions Chairperson and Assistant shall: Be responsible for obtaining the services of three (3) judges for each competition and for coordinating the submitted images for competitions.
Conservation: Jack Shouba
The Conservation Chairperson shall: Be responsible for keeping members informed regarding conservation projects and activities on a local, regional, state or national level.
Education: Fred Drury
The role of the Education Chairperson is to coordinate training and eductaion opportunities and materials for club members and the public.
Equipment: Dave Schooley
The Equipment Chairperson shall: Be responsible for taking care of the Public Address (PA) system before, during and after a meeting.
Exhibits: Fred Drury
The role of the Exhibits Chairperson is to decide contents of and organize shows for club events and our ongoing exhibit space.
Forest Preserve Liaison: Harry Hitzeman
The role of the Forest Preserve Liaison is to serve as the communication channel to the Forest Preserve District.
Membership: Mitch Stemler
The Membership Chairperson and Assistant shall: Arrive early to all meetings to greet visitors, to set out the membership and guest registers, nametags, Club brochures, and membership applications.
Outings: Vacant
The Outings Chairperson shall: Be responsible for planning all Club outings and/or assisting with the planning for the Volunteer Outing Leaders. Be responsible for providing information about the outings as early as possible to the Publications Chairperson and Webmaster for including in the Club Newsletter FOCUS.
Publications: Sheila Newenham
The Publications Chairperson shall: Be responsible for the preparation, publication, and distribution of the FOCUS each month. .
Social: JoAnn Barnes
The Social Chairperson and Assistant shall: Be responsible for the following social responsibilities of the Club: Annual Banquet (April), Club Picnic (Summer), Holiday Social (December).
Webmaster: Steve Ornberg
The Webmaster shall: Be responsible for maintaining and updating the Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Website