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Forest Fitness: Middlefork Savanna
Event details:
May 30, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

May 30, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
May 30, 2015
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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.
 

May 30, 2015 9:00 AM
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Lyons Woods
Event details:
May 30, 2015
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

May 30, 2015 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Quickstart Kayak
Event details:
May 31, 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.
 

May 31, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 02, 2015
CUMA03
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 02, 2015 9:00 AM
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 02, 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.
 

June 02, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 03, 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.
 

June 03, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Wright Woods
Event details:
June 06, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 06, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalists: Cuba Marsh
Event details:
June 06, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike.
 

June 06, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Rx for Health-Walking in Nature
Event details:
June 06, 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.
 

June 06, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 07, 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.
 

June 07, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art Around the World
Event details:
June 08, 2015 - June 12, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Take a trip around the world and explore the art and culture of different countries. Express your creativity by making Mexican murals, Japanese origami and African masks.
 

June 08, 2015 - June 12, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 09, 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.
 

June 09, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes-Mud
Event details:
June 09, 2015
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature-based story, craft and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.
 

June 09, 2015 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 09, 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.
 

June 09, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 10, 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.
 

June 10, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Cheese and Crackers with the Birds
Event details:
June 10, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Join our rookery volunteers to watch the herons settle in for the night. Spotting scopes and binoculars available. Lake County Audubon will supply refreshments.
 

June 10, 2015 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Luau
Event details:
June 12, 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.
 

June 12, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Raven Glen
Event details:
June 13, 2015
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 13, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Quickstart Kayak
Event details:
June 13, 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.
 

June 13, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Nature Hike
Event details:
June 13, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

June 13, 2015 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
June 13, 2015
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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 13, 2015 9:00 AM
Scout Saturday- Insect Study Merit Badge
Event details:
June 13, 2015
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 13, 2015 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 14, 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.
 

June 14, 2015 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 14, 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.
 

June 14, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Kids Nature Funfest
Event details:
June 14, 2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Marvelous Mud! We'll explore the simple pleasure of playing in the mud. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon full of nature art, games, live animals and exploration.
 

June 14, 2015 (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 14, 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.
 

June 14, 2015 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp
Event details:
June 15, 2015 - June 19, 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.
 

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
June 15, 2015 - June 19, 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.
 

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Invertebrate Investigation
Event details:
June 15, 2015 - June 19, 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.
 

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Prehistoric Lake County
Event details:
June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dig into Lake County's prehistoric history. Discover the massive mammals that roamed our area, what they ate, and how they lived. Learn more about the scientists who study Ice Age animals and what they think happened to them.
 

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
June 15, 2015 - June 19, 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.
 

June 15, 2015 - June 19, 2015 (9:10 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 16, 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.
 

June 16, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 16, 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.
 

June 16, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: The Dang-Its
Event details:
June 16, 2015
The_Dang-Its
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 16, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Planting a Seed
Event details:
June 17, 2015
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 17, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 17, 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.
 

June 17, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Creepy Crawly Bug Day
Event details:
June 19, 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.
 

June 19, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Ray Lake
Event details:
June 20, 2015
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 20, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
June 22, 2015 - June 26, 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.
 

June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2
Event details:
June 22, 2015 - June 26, 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. .
 

June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Native Americans and Voyageurs
Event details:
June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015
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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.
 

June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event details:
June 22, 2015 - June 26, 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.
 

June 22, 2015 - June 26, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: Adam Ezra Group
Event details:
June 23, 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 23, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday–Miniature Golf
Event details:
June 26, 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.
 

June 26, 2015 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
June 26, 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.
 

June 26, 2015 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Fort Sheridan
Event details:
June 27, 2015
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 27, 2015 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
June 27, 2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

June 27, 2015 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rx for Health-Walking in Nature
Event details:
June 27, 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.
 

June 27, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Earthlings, The artwork of Margie Glass Sula
Event details:
June 28, 2015 - August 09, 2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
21850 N. Riverwoods Road
Riverwoods,IL
60015

847-968-3346

Special Exhibitions
 

June 28, 2015 - August 09, 2015 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: History Detectives
Event details:
June 29, 2015 - July 02, 2015
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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 29, 2015 - July 02, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Life in a Pond
Event details:
June 29, 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.
 

June 29, 2015 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
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)
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)
Twighlight 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
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 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
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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: Pondering Plants
Event details:
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)
Summer Camp: Invertebrate Investigation
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015
istock-garden-spider
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: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
July 06, 2015 - July 10, 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.
 

July 06, 2015 - July 10, 2015 (9:10 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 07, 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 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
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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.
 

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
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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 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: 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)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event details:
July 13, 2015 - July 17, 2015
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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)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 14, 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 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
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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 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
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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.
 

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)
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)
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)
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
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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 19, 2015 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Gospelfest
Event details:
July 19, 2015
3:00 PM - 7:00 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 - 7:00 PM)
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: 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: Art Around the World
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Take a trip around the world and explore the art and culture of different countries. Express your creativity by making Mexican murals, Japanese origami and African masks.
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Act Up! Theater Camp
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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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)
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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: Wildlife Homes
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 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.
 

July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015 (9:10 AM - 10:30 AM)
Summer Camp: Invertebrate Investigation
Event details:
July 20, 2015 - July 24, 2015
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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)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 21, 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 21, 2015 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 21, 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 21, 2015 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: John Primer
Event details:
July 21, 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 21, 2015 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 22, 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 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
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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.
 

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: 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: Native Americans and Voyageurs
Event details:
July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
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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)
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)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event details:
July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
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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)
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)
 
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