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About Us


The Lake County Forest Preserves was created by referendum in 1958 and continues to serve as Lake County's principal guardian of open space and natural areas.

We work with many government, nonprofit and community partners, such as conservation organizations, natural resources agencies, county governments and museum associations.

Board & Committees
We are governed by a 21-member elected Board of Commissioners.

Contact Us
We want to hear from you. Send us an email, or call us at 847-367-6640.

History & Mission
Our roots reach back to 1957 and a three-year-old boy who wanted to go exploring in the woods. When Ethel Untermyer's son, Frank, made his request, she asked a friend where the nearest forest preserve was. Like many families, the Untermyers had just moved to Lake County from nearby Chicago and were unfamiliar with the area. Read more.

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Purchasing & Bids
Our Purchasing Division purchases required goods and services in conformance with Illinois state law, state regulation, administrative policies and our Purchasing Ordinance.