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Canoeing the Des Plaines River
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 31, 2016
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Enjoy the scenery and hear about the natural history along a stretch of the Des Plaines River. Includes equipment rental and car shuttle.
 

July 31, 2016 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 31, 2016
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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 31, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Gospelfest
Event details:
July 31, 2016
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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 31, 2016 (3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
August 01, 2016 - August 05, 2016
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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 01, 2016 - August 05, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wonder About Water - FULL
Event details:
August 01, 2016 - August 05, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a water explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 

August 01, 2016 - August 05, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire
Event details:
August 01, 2016 - August 05, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fur, feather, fins, scales and skin--they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animal's coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, games and crafts.
 

August 01, 2016 - August 05, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Wonderful Water
Event details:
August 01, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Discover one of the lakes that make our county so special, and see what lives in the wonderful world of water.
 

August 01, 2016 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 02, 2016
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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 02, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
August 02, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for children of all ages.
 

August 02, 2016 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Events in the Plaza: Bopology
Event details:
August 02, 2016
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts will be held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 14 through August 9 (no concert on July 5) at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

August 02, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors
Event details:
August 03, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Explore some of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you walk.
Walks are paced to the group's ability.
 

August 03, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Little Sprouts: Eggcellent Adventures
Event details:
August 03, 2016
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 03, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Green Youth Farm Open House
Event details:
August 03, 2016
Green Youth Farm at Greenbelt
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Join us for a public open house to learn more about the great work taking place at the Green Youth Farm, a 1.25-acre sustainable farm located within Greenbelt Forest Preserve.
 

August 03, 2016 (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Wildlife in Motion: Forest Crawlers and Walkers
Event details:
August 04, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Enjoy a unique outdoor experience with your young one as an educator highlights animal locomotion, through hands-on activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals. Same topics as the Wildlife in Motion camp but offered one day at a time. Register for one or more days.
 

August 04, 2016 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Carnival
Event details:
August 05, 2016
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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.
 

August 05, 2016 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Half Day
Event details:
August 06, 2016
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 06, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Greenbelt
Event details:
August 06, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Get outside and enjoy a one-hour guided nature hike at a different preserve each month.
 

August 06, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Summer Night Hike
Event details:
August 06, 2016
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Experience the forest preserve after the sun sets on this guided hike that focuses on nocturnal animal adaptations and insect sounds.
 

August 06, 2016 (8:00 PM - 9:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 07, 2016
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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 07, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Guided Nature Paddle: Aquatic Mammals of Lake County
Event details:
August 07, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Find out what aquatic mammals live in or near the waters of Lake County while paddling a canoe. Guaranteed to see and touch some! Paddling equipment provided.
 

August 07, 2016 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016
ADV-CAMP
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers - FULL
Event details:
August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll try paddle boarding, assess water quality, golf, meet Ranger Police, explore habitats biking the DPR trail, assist with land stewardship, practice wildlife observation, kayak and more!
 

August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp- FULL
Event details:
August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016
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.
 

August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pint-sized Farmers
Event details:
August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016
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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 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 09, 2016
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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 09, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Hummingbirds
Event details:
August 09, 2016
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature-based story, craft and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.
 

August 09, 2016 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Events in the Plaza: Mr. Myers
Event details:
August 09, 2016
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts will be held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 14 through August 9 (no concert on July 5) at Independence Grove Forest Preserve. There are no rain dates.
 

August 09, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Wildlife in Motion: Slithering Along
Event details:
August 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Want to experience a camp program with your young one but can't take a week off? Try it one day a week--each session highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals. Register for one or more sessions!
 

August 11, 2016 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Event details:
August 12, 2016
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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join the Skokie Valley Astronomers at Ryerson Woods on the second Friday of the month. Learn about topics in astronomy and stargaze with members' telescopes, weather permitting.
 

August 12, 2016 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch
Event details:
August 13, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 13, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
August 13, 2016
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.
 

August 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
August 13, 2016
ALMA05
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 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Hike
Event details:
August 13, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

August 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
August 13, 2016
CUMA03
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.
 

August 13, 2016 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
August 13, 2016
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 13, 2016 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 14, 2016
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.
 

August 14, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 16, 2016
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.
 

August 16, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Fishing
Event details:
August 17, 2016
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.
 

August 17, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Little Sprouts: Fresh from the Garden
Event details:
August 17, 2016
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.
 

August 17, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Look, Learn, Create: Lake County Artists
Event details:
August 18, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
View and discuss the work of Lake County artists and create a work of art to take home.
 

August 18, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
August 19, 2016
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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.
 

August 19, 2016 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Oak Spring Canoe Launch
Event details:
August 20, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 20, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event details:
August 20, 2016
GRWO02
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 20, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Fred Fest
Event details:
August 20, 2016
Fred-Fest
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fred Fest is an all-day music festival featuring local bands and activities for the whole family.
 

August 20, 2016 (1:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Film Festival in the Woods
Event details:
August 20, 2016
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
It’s movie night under the stars at Ryerson Woods! The Lake County Forest Preserves has partnered with Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods to present a variety of nature-inspired short films.
 

August 20, 2016 (7:00 PM - 11:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 21, 2016
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.
 

August 21, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 23, 2016
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.
 

August 23, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 25, 2016
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 25, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 25, 2016
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 25, 2016 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Sunset Stroll
Event details:
August 25, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us as we explore Rollins Savanna as day turns to night.
 

August 25, 2016 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Forest Fitness: Cuba Marsh
Event details:
August 27, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

August 27, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Old School
Event details:
August 27, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

August 27, 2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Fact or Fiction
Event details:
August 28, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Are daddy long legs venomous? Does rattlesnake master cure a rattlesnake bite? We'll separate fact from fiction while exploring Van Patten Woods.
 

August 28, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 28, 2016
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.
 

August 28, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 30, 2016
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.
 

August 30, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Mooing and Milking
Event details:
August 31, 2016
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 31, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
September 10, 2016
CUMA03
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.
 

September 10, 2016 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
 
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