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Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
May 25, 2017
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 25, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Middlefork Savanna
Event details:
May 27, 2017
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

May 27, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Hike
Event details:
May 27, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

May 27, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
May 27, 2017
ROSA13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 27, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Wildflower Wonders: Lyons Woods
Event details:
May 27, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lake County is home to more than 600 species of wildflowers. Appreciate their beauty in a different preserve each month.
 

May 27, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
May 28, 2017
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 28, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
May 30, 2017
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
CANCELLED
May 30, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 30, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
May 31, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 31, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Raven Glen
Event details:
June 03, 2017
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

June 03, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 03, 2017
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 03, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
June 03, 2017
ERCA08
9:00 AM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 03, 2017 9:00 AM
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
June 03, 2017
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 03, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Pine Dunes
Event details:
June 03, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 

June 03, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Help Us Map Herps
Event details:
June 03, 2017
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your observations can make valuable contributions on behalf of amphibians and reptiles. Join wildlife biologists and educators to learn how you can help reduce road mortality.
 

June 03, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
June 03, 2017
Volunteer-11
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 03, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Berkeley Prairie
Event details:
June 04, 2017
INGR04
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 04, 2017 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 04, 2017
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 04, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Kids Nature Funfest
Event details:
June 04, 2017
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor nature activities. Engage in fort building, insect netting, creative nature art, exploration, stewardship, crafts and live animals. Fun for the whole family.
 

June 04, 2017 (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 06, 2017
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 06, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 06, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 06, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors: Hastings Lake
Event details:
June 07, 2017
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Explore one of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you take part in this series of walks.
 

June 07, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Homeschool Companion: Springtime on the Farm
Event details:
June 07, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Learn about the work done on early Lake County farms as you try out a variety of related hands-on activities and tour Bonner Farm.
 

June 07, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 07, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 07, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 08, 2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drop in during the afternoon to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

June 08, 2017 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 10, 2017
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 10, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Ray Lake
Event details:
June 10, 2017
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

June 10, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
June 10, 2017
PRWO03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 10, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
June 10, 2017
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 10, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Scout Saturday: Insect Study Merit Badge
Event details:
June 10, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Spend the afternoon collecting, observing and learning about Lake County insects as you work toward your Insect Study Merit Badge.
 

June 10, 2017 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 11, 2017
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 11, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017
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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
You and your young explorer will discover the variety of places animals make their homes: hives, nests, dens, lodges, tree cavities and more! Each session may include hands-on nature activities, a hike, story, craft and interacting with live animals.
 

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants - FULL
Event details:
June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017
CAMP-ECAD-20060816-CHW-001
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and invaders (non-native plants). Activities may include netting for insects in fields and water, and removal of invasive plants.
 

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017
istock-garden-spider
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

June 12, 2017 - June 16, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 13, 2017
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Event details:
June 13, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Learn with your preschooler about this priority animal species of Chicago Wilderness and how you can help them. Hands-on activities, craft and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 

June 13, 2017 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 13, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 13, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Cheese and Crackers with the Herons
Event details:
June 13, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
In partnership with Lake county Audubon, join our rookery volunteers to watch the herons settle in for the night. Spotting Scopes and binoculars are available. Light refreshments will be served.
 

June 13, 2017 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Small Discoveries: Old Fashioned Picnic
Event details:
June 14, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Small discoveries add up to big fun for your little ones! Join us select Wednesdays as we explore a variety of topics through stories, hands-on activities, pretend play and simple crafts. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and get to know other families.
 

June 14, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 14, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 14, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Sand Creations
Event details:
June 16, 2017
IG-20160722-JK-2843
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

June 16, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Hike
Event details:
June 16, 2017
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Explore Greenbelt Forest Preserve during this one-hour guided walk, then join us at our monthly community campfire program following the hike.
 

June 16, 2017 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
June 16, 2017
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

June 16, 2017 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Wright Woods
Event details:
June 17, 2017
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

June 17, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 17, 2017
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 17, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
June 17, 2017
ALMA05
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 17, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Scout Saturday: Insect Study Merit Badge
Event details:
CANCELLED
June 17, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Spend the afternoon collecting, observing and learning about Lake County insects as you work toward your Insect Study Merit Badge.
 

June 17, 2017 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
June 17, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

June 17, 2017 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 18, 2017
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 18, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, canoe, swim, fish and participate in team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics - FULL
Event details:
June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This camp introduces outdoor and wilderness skills with a focus on team-building. Your child will learn what is required to survive in the great outdoors with and without equipment. Activities include building shelter and fire, orienteering, canoeing and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test on the last day, which applies the skills they learned.
 

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session.
 

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: History Detectives
Event details:
CANCELLED
June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017
HIDE-camp-CHW
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Did the Underground Railroad really stop in Lake County? Does Lake County resident Elisha Gray deserve the credit for inventing the telephone? History Detectives will piece together clues from the past to answer these historical questions and more. Examine documents, run experiments and investigate the facts to decide what really happened.
 

June 19, 2017 - June 23, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 20, 2017
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 20, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 20, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 20, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 21, 2017
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 21, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Lifeguard Olympics
Event details:
June 23, 2017
IG-20160722-JK-2843
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

June 23, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Van Patten
Event details:
June 24, 2017
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

June 24, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 24, 2017
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 24, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
June 24, 2017
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9:00 AM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 24, 2017 9:00 AM
Wildflower Wonders: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
June 24, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lake County has over 600 different species of wildflowers. Come appreciate their beauty in a different Forest Preserve each month as we explore what makes them so wonderfully interesting.
 

June 24, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 25, 2017
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 25, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
istock-garden-spider
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
CAMP-ECAD-20060816-CHW-001
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants and invaders (non-native plants). Activities may include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants.
 

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Explore and Restore - FULL
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Engage your senses and explore. Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major habitats– woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Practice restoration techniques, such as brush cutting and identifying invasive plants. Campers become stewards of the earth by making healthier habitats for the plants and animals that call Lake County home.
 

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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June 27, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 27, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 27, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 27, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Planting a Seed
Event details:
June 28, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Help plant the garden at Bonner and sow seeds to take home. We'll learn about how seeds sprout, and take a tour of the garden.
 

June 28, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 28, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 28, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Celebrate USA
Event details:
June 30, 2017
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

June 30, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Greenbelt Dugdale
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 01, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 01, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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9:00 AM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 01, 2017 9:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist: Middlefork Savanna
Event details:
July 01, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 

July 01, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Fireflies by Firelight
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for a fun-filled evening learning about these fascinating insects and how you can make your own yard a welcoming oasis for them.
 

July 01, 2017 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 02, 2017
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 02, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors: Heron Creek
Event details:
July 05, 2017
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Explore one of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you take part in this series of walks.
 

July 05, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 05, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 05, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 06, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 06, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Bugs and Butterflies
Event details:
July 07, 2017
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 07, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Civil War Days: Weekend Pass
Event details:
July 08, 2017 - July 09, 2017
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 08, 2017 - July 09, 2017
Forest Fitness: Lakewood
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 08, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 08, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 08, 2017 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Sunday)
Event details:
July 09, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 09, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 09, 2017
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 09, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This camp introduces outdoor and wilderness skills with a focus on team-building. Your child will learn what is required to survive in the great outdoors with and without equipment. Activities include building shelter and fire, orienteering, canoeing and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test on the last day, which applies the skills they learned.
 

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a fishing session. One day of boat fishing is part of sessions held at
Independence Grove.
 

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, canoe, swim, fish and participate in team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 11, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Critters in Streams
Event details:
July 11, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Learn with your preschooler about this priority animal species of Chicago Wilderness and how you can help them. Hands-on activities, craft and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 

July 11, 2017 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 11, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 11, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Watching it Grow
Event details:
July 12, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Get your hands dirty in the garden and find out what plants need to grow and thrive. We'll also check on the seeds we planted in June.
 

July 12, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 12, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 12, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Hives, Nests and Bees
Event details:
July 13, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer, the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

July 13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 13, 2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drop in during the afternoon to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

July 13, 2017 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Miniature Golf
Event details:
July 14, 2017
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 14, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Ryerson
Event details:
July 15, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 15, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
July 15, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

July 15, 2017 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 16, 2017
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 16, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Prehistoric Camp
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age, discovering the diversity of plants and animals from tiny trilobites to mega mastodons. As a junior geologist, your child will explore the county's dynamic shift from shallow seas to mile high glaciers. Finally, taking on the role of archaeologist, campers will dig into prehistoric cultures to learn what life was like for the first people in Lake County.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is part of sessions held at Independence Grove.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants - FULL
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and invaders (non-native plants). Activities may include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks - FULL
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 18, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 18, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 18, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 19, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 19, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Lodges, Dens and Beavers
Event details:
July 20, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

July 20, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Beach Bingo
Event details:
July 21, 2017
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 21, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 21, 2017
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

July 21, 2017 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Lyons Woods
Event details:
July 22, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 22, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Phenology and Photography
Event details:
July 22, 2017
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6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Outdoor workshop for serious amateur photographers. Meet the photographer of this issue's cover image, Jeff Goldberg. Join us, as we take advantage of sunset over the savanna and explore the wonders of light painting after full dark.
 

July 22, 2017 (6:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 23, 2017
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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

July 23, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to outdoor and wilderness skills with a focus on team-building. They will learn what is required to survive in the great outdoors with and without survival equipment. Activities
may include shelter and fire building, cooking, orienteering and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test, which involves applying the skills they learned.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, canoe, swim, fish and participate in team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard - FULL
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
 
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