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Trail Tales Trek
Event details:
June 30, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hike and read with your family along our new Trail Tales storybook panels, making stops on the way for interactive nature activities and explorations.
 

June 30, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Events in the Plaza: The Flat Cats
Event details:
June 30, 2015
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, June 16–August 4 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

June 30, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors
Event details:
July 01, 2015
SeniorHikers575
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Explore some of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you walk.
 

July 01, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Little Sprouts: Watching it Grow
Event details:
July 01, 2015
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 01, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Insects Around Us
Event details:
July 01, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Explore the prairie in search of our six-legged friends.
 

July 01, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Fishing
Event details:
July 02, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 02, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Independence Day Celebration
Event details:
July 03, 2015
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

July 03, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Twilight Hike
Event details:
July 03, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Explore Ryerson Woods just as dusk is falling and enjoy the natural sights and sounds as day fades to night.
 

July 03, 2015 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 05, 2015
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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 05, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
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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 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
Skulls
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 modeling material, create edible scat (poop) and watch live animals in action.
 

July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art in your Hands
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
Art-Camp-JNCH-1
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Unleash the artist within. Discover different methods of artistic expression and create your own works of art. We'll paint, sculpt, make collages, and more.
 

July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Invertebrate Investigation
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will investigate the invertebrates (animals without backbones) found in a variety of habitats. Campers scoop ponds, search prairies and forests for dragonflies, crayfish, spiders and worms.
 

July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
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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 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Summer Camp: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
CDWW-RWBL-20090604-013
9:10 AM - 10:30 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.
 

July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:10 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 07, 2015
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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 07, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 07, 2015
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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 07, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: RockStar Rodeo
Event details:
July 07, 2015
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, June 16–August 4 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

July 07, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 08, 2015
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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 08, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Lifeguard Olympics
Event details:
July 10, 2015
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

July 10, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Civil War Days: Weekend Pass
Event details:
July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Forest Fitness: Lakewood
Event details:
July 11, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 11, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Nature Hike
Event details:
July 11, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

July 11, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalists: Old School
Event details:
July 11, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike.
 

July 11, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
July 11, 2015
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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 11, 2015 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Sunday)
Event details:
July 12, 2015
civil-war09
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 12, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 12, 2015
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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 12, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2
Event details:
July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015
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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. .
 

July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event details:
July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015
ADV-CAMP
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will explore the Forest Preserves on foot, bikes, by boat, and through an assortment of outdoor activities. Environmental concepts are incorporated within each activity. A half day of fishing is featured in this camp.
 

July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015
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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 survival equipment. Activities include building shelter and fire, cooking, orienteering and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test, which applies the skills they learned.
 

July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 14, 2015
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.
 

July 14, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 14, 2015
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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 14, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: The Cavern Beat
Event details:
July 14, 2015
Cavern_Beat
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, June 16–August 4 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

July 14, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Fresh from the Garden
Event details:
July 15, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pick fresh produce from the garden and make a healthy snack. Learn why fruits and veggies are so good for us.
 

July 15, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 15, 2015
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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 15, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Wild West
Event details:
July 17, 2015
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

July 17, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Guided Canoe for Families
Event details:
July 17, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Enjoy an evening exploring Hastings Lake with your family in a canoe. Paddling experience preferred but not necessary.
 

July 17, 2015 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Buffalo Creek
Event details:
July 18, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 18, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
July 18, 2015
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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, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Introduction to Canoe
Event details:
July 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Learn efficient ways to tandem paddle on the flatwater of Independence Lake. Instructors are American Canoe Association-certified. All equipment provided.
 

July 18, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Rx for Health-Walking in Nature
Event details:
July 18, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

July 18, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 19, 2015
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.
 

July 19, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Gospelfest
Event details:
July 19, 2015
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Be inspired by Lake County's best gospel voices. This annual favorite features choirs, solo performances and praise dancers that will bring you to your feet.
 

July 19, 2015 (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Act Up! Theater Camp
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Act-up-camp-KK
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Express your creativity through classic improvisation, comedy techniques and dramatics. Learn spontaneous performance at a challenging but fun level. For the shy and outgoing alike. Brought to you by staff from the "Improv Playhouse."
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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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 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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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.
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Sky Watchers
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This camp introduces the science of meteorology though interactive experiments, observations and exploration. Activities emphasize the connections between weather and our world by creating weather station tools, reading clouds and forecasting.
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
CDWW-RWBL-20090604-013
9:10 AM - 10:30 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.
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:10 AM - 10:30 AM)
Summer Camp: Invertebrate Investigation
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
istock-garden-spider
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Your child will investigate the invertebrates (animals without backbones) found in a variety of habitats. Campers scoop ponds, search prairies and forests for dragonflies, crayfish, spiders and worms.
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
CANCELLED 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 21, 2015
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.
 

July 21, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 21, 2015
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.
 

July 21, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: John Primer
Event details:
July 21, 2015
John_Primer
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, June 16–August 4 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

July 21, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 22, 2015
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.
 

July 22, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
July 23, 2015
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthy and beneficial for children of all ages.
 

July 23, 2015 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Sand Creations
Event details:
July 24, 2015
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

July 24, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 24, 2015
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Roast marshmallows with friends and family. Share stories and enjoy nature at night. Activities vary monthly.
 

July 24, 2015 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Grant Woods
Event details:
July 25, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 25, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Independence Grove
Event details:
July 25, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

July 25, 2015 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Quickstart Kayak
Event details:
July 26, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to paddling in an open-cockpit recreational kayak. We'll cover the basics: attire, safety and paddling skills.
 

July 26, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Native Americans and Voyageurs
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
NA-VOY-CAMP-CHW
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Learn about the lives of ancient Great Lakes peoples and how they relied on nature for food, clothing, shelter, and transportation. Discover the lifestyle of the Voyageurs–French explorers and fur traders. Stories, crafts, and exploration reveal Lake County's rich cultural history.
 

July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp
Event details:
July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
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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 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event details:
July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
ADV-CAMP
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will explore the Forest Preserves on foot, bikes, by boat, and through an assortment of outdoor activities. Environmental concepts are incorporated within each activity. A half day of fishing is featured in this camp.
 

July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
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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 survival equipment. Activities include building shelter and fire, cooking, orienteering and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test, which applies the skills they learned.
 

July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes-Log Life
Event details:
July 28, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature-based story, craft and outdoor exploration (weather permitting) for you and your preschool child.
 

July 28, 2015 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Events in the Plaza: Rico
Event details:
July 28, 2015
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, June 16–August 4 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

July 28, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Pirate Day
Event details:
July 31, 2015
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

July 31, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Nippersink
Event details:
August 01, 2015
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 01, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Fourth Lake
Event details:
August 01, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike.
 

August 01, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Flatwater Kayak Rescue Skills
Event details:
August 02, 2015
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9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Expect to get wet in this program. Learn safety and rescue techniques from a certified kayak instructor.
 

August 02, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 02, 2015
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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.
 

August 02, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp
Event details:
August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
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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.
 

August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Invertebrate Investigation
Event details:
CANCELLED
August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will investigate the invertebrates (animals without backbones) found in a variety of habitats. Campers scoop ponds, search prairies and forests for dragonflies, crayfish, spiders and worms.
 

August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Summer Camp: Explore and Restore
Event details:
August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major 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.
 

August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
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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.
 

August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
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9:10 AM - 10:30 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.
 

August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015 (9:10 AM - 10:30 AM)
Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event details:
August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015
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12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Explore the beauty of nature outside our doors and create art from natural materials. Projects include weaving with natural grasses, painting with objects found outside, and creating dyes from natural materials.
 

August 03, 2015 - August 07, 2015 (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 04, 2015
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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.
 

August 04, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 04, 2015
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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.
 

August 04, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: R-Gang
Event details:
August 04, 2015
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 pm, June 16–August 4 at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

August 04, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors
Event details:
August 05, 2015
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9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Explore some of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you walk.
 

August 05, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Little Sprouts: Eggcellent Adventures
Event details:
August 05, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
We'll take a closer look at the inside of an egg and the cute creatures that hatch out.
 

August 05, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 05, 2015
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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.
 

August 05, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Winter Fest
Event details:
August 07, 2015
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

August 07, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Night
Event details:
August 07, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join friends and family, share stories, roast marshmallows, play an instrument or just relax. Activities vary monthly.
 

August 07, 2015 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Half Day
Event details:
August 08, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 08, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rx for Health-Walking in Nature
Event details:
August 08, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

August 08, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Flatwater Canoe Rescue Skills
Event details:
August 09, 2015
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9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Expect to get wet in this program. Learn safety and rescue techniques from a certified canoe instructor.
 

August 09, 2015 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 09, 2015
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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.
 

August 09, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pint-sized Farmers
Event details:
August 10, 2015 - August 14, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities and games. We'll look at some magnificent machinery, plant crops and even meet a farm animal or two along the way.
 

August 10, 2015 - August 14, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 11, 2015
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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.
 

August 11, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes-Pond Life
Event details:
August 11, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature-based story, craft and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.
 

August 11, 2015 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 11, 2015
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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.
 

August 11, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 12, 2015
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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.
 

August 12, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Dino Dig
Event details:
August 14, 2015
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The Beach at Independence Grove gets even better Friday afternoons! Join our weekly beach events with games, contests and prizes. A new theme each Friday. Prizes awarded in age categories for kids 13 and under.
 

August 14, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Van Patten Woods
Event details:
August 15, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 15, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Nature Hike
Event details:
August 15, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

August 15, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Quickstart Kayak
Event details:
August 15, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to paddling in an open-cockpit recreational kayak. We'll cover the basics: attire, safety and paddling skills.
 

August 15, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Fred Fest
Event details:
August 15, 2015
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fred Fest is an all-day music festival featuring local bands and activities for the whole family.
 

August 15, 2015 (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Woodpecker Walk
Event details:
August 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Join us for a look at the different species of woodpeckers that call Lake County home, then head along the trail and see how many you can find.
 

August 16, 2015 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation, Curated by WM FitzPatrick and Franck Mercurio
Event details:
August 16, 2015 - November 01, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Road
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60015

847-968-3326

Special Exhibitions
 

August 16, 2015 - November 01, 2015 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 16, 2015
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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.
 

August 16, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Life in a Pond
Event details:
August 17, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tadpoles, fish and dragonflies call the pond home. Take a turn scooping the pond to learn about these animals and more.
 

August 17, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 18, 2015
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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.
 

August 18, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Trail Tales Trek
Event details:
August 18, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hike and read with your family along our new Trail Tales storybook panels, making stops on the way for interactive nature activities and explorations.
 

August 18, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 18, 2015
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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.
 

August 18, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Playing in the Past
Event details:
August 18, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Play with toys and learn games that have entertained children for centuries while exploring the Museum's newest exhibit, Growing Up in Lake County.
 

August 18, 2015 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Mooing and Milking
Event details:
August 19, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn to milk using our model cow, find out how milk is turned into delicious dairy products and churn your own butter.
 

August 19, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 19, 2015
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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.
 

August 19, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Fishing
Event details:
August 20, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

August 20, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Twilight Hike
Event details:
August 21, 2015
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Explore Rollins Savanna just as dusk is falling and enjoy the natural sights and sounds as day fades to night.
 

August 21, 2015 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Forest Fitness: Independence Grove
Event details:
August 22, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 22, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 23, 2015
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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.
 

August 23, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 23, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark.
 

August 23, 2015 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 23, 2015
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark.
 

August 23, 2015 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 25, 2015
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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.
 

August 25, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 25, 2015
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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.
 

August 25, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 26, 2015
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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.
 

August 26, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
 
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