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Spring Bird Walk: Pine Dunes
Event details:
May 25, 2016
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
May is the month for songbirds. Join skilled birders on these walks. Bring binoculars if you have them.
 

May 25, 2016 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM)
Paddle the Big Canoe: Independence Grove
Event details:
May 25, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Have you ever seen that big canoe tied at the buoy or dock in North Bay and wondered what it is used for or how you can get in it? Here's your chance to try it out.
 

May 25, 2016 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
May 26, 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.
 

May 26, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Middlefork Savanna
Event details:
May 28, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

May 28, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
May 28, 2016
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

May 28, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
May 28, 2016
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 28, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
May 28, 2016
ROSA13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 28, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Lyons Woods
Event details:
May 28, 2016
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

May 28, 2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
May 28, 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.
 

May 28, 2016 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
May 29, 2016
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

May 29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
May 29, 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.
 

May 29, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors
Event details:
June 01, 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.
 

June 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Brushwood Gallery Exhibit
Event details:
June 01, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods hosts six art exhibitions a year that explore the intersection of art, science and nature.
 

June 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 04, 2016
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 04, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Raven Glen
Event details:
June 04, 2016
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 04, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Sedge Meadow
Event details:
June 04, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Get outside and enjoy a one-hour guided nature hike at a different preserve each month.
 

June 04, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
June 04, 2016
Volunteer-11
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 04, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Kids Nature Funfest
Event details:
June 05, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Nature Rocks! We'll explore the simple pleasure of playing with rocks, sticks, mud and more. Join us for a fun-filled, creative afternoon with live animals, nature play, art and exploration. Let your inner child "Rock with Nature!"
 

June 05, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 05, 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.
 

June 05, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 07, 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.
 

June 07, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Fishing
Event details:
June 09, 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.
 

June 09, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
June 10, 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.
 

June 10, 2016 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Event details:
June 10, 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.
 

June 10, 2016 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Ray Lake
Event details:
June 11, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 11, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 11, 2016
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 11, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
June 11, 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.
 

June 11, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
June 11, 2016
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

June 11, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Quickstart Canoe
Event details:
June 11, 2016
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Intro to paddling in a tandem canoe. We'll cover the basics: attire, safety and paddling skills.
 

June 11, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
June 11, 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.
 

June 11, 2016 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Kayak: Refine and Rescue
Event details:
June 11, 2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Refine your paddle techniques and practice rescues.
 

June 11, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 12, 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.
 

June 12, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire
Event details:
June 13, 2016 - June 17, 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.
 

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wonder About Water
Event details:
June 13, 2016 - June 17, 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.
 

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Explore and Restore
Event details:
June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016
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9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Engage your senses and explore. Through hands-on activities, campers will discover secrets of Lake County's three major habitats– woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Practice restoration techniques, such as brush cutting and identifying invasive plants. Campers become stewards of the earth by making healthier habitats for the plants and animals that call Lake County home.
 

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016 (9:15 AM - 12:15 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 14, 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.
 

June 14, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: R-Gang
Event details:
June 14, 2016
R-Gang
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.
 

June 14, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Look, Learn, Create: Paleoart
Event details:
June 16, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the dinosaurs of Lake County and how paleoartists bring prehistoric animals to life, then become a paleoartist yourself and design your own dinosaur to take home.
 

June 16, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Forest Fitness: Fort Sheridan
Event details:
June 18, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 18, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 18, 2016
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 18, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
June 18, 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.
 

June 18, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event details:
June 18, 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.
 

June 18, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
June 18, 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.
 

June 18, 2016 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Summer Camp: History Detectives
Event details:
June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why.
 

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
June 20, 2016 - June 24, 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.
 

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers - FULL
Event details:
June 20, 2016 - June 24, 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!
 

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp
Event details:
June 20, 2016 - June 24, 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.
 

June 20, 2016 - June 24, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 21, 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.
 

June 21, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: Cash Box Kings
Event details:
June 21, 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.
 

June 21, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Sunset Stroll
Event details:
June 23, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us as we explore Hastings Lake Forest Preserve as day turns to night.
 

June 23, 2016 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Forest Fitness: Sun Lake
Event details:
June 25, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

June 25, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 25, 2016
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 25, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Hike
Event details:
June 25, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

June 25, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
June 25, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

June 25, 2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 26, 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.
 

June 26, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire
Event details:
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 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.
 

June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event details:
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day 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.
 

June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Wonder About Water
Event details:
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 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.
 

June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016
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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 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event details:
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016
Art-Camp-JNCH
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more.
 

June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Sky Watchers
Event details:
June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016
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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.
 

June 27, 2016 - July 01, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 28, 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.
 

June 28, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: Adam Ezra Group
Event details:
June 28, 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.
 

June 28, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: MacArthur Woods
Event details:
June 29, 2016
Volunteer-06
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 29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Planting a Seed
Event details:
June 29, 2016
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 29, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Amphibians of Lake County
Event details:
June 29, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Join us at Wright Woods to meet and learn about our local amphibians.
 

June 29, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 30, 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.
 

June 30, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 30, 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.
 

June 30, 2016 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Forest Fitness: Greenbelt
Event details:
July 02, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 02, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Ray Lake
Event details:
July 02, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Get outside and enjoy a one-hour guided nature hike at a different preserve each month.
 

July 02, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 03, 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.
 

July 03, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 05, 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.
 

July 05, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Invertebrate Animal Olympics
Event details:
July 05, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Come learn about invertebrate (animals without backbones) adaptations and compete against them in a fun animal Olympics. Then we will search for some live invertebrates.
 

July 05, 2016 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Families Exploring
Event details:
July 05, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Have you ever wished you could attend our summer camps with your kids? Now you can! Experience summer camp fun as a family. This program is structured like our camps for kids with name games, activities, crafts, and hands on exploration in the Forest Preserve.
 

July 05, 2016 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: MacArthur Woods
Event details:
July 06, 2016
Volunteer-06
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 06, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors
Event details:
July 06, 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.
 

July 06, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Families Exploring
Event details:
July 06, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Have you ever wished you could attend our summer camps with your kids? Now you can. Experience summer camp fun as a family. This program is structured like our camps for kids with name games, activities, crafts, and hands on exploration in the Forest Preserve.
 

July 06, 2016 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Fishing
Event details:
July 07, 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.
 

July 07, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Families Exploring
Event details:
July 07, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Have you ever wished you could attend our summer camps with your kids? Now you can! Experience summer camp fun as a family. This program is structured like our camps for kids with name games, activities, crafts, and hands on exploration in the Forest Preserve.
 

July 07, 2016 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Event details:
July 08, 2016
astronomy
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.
 

July 08, 2016 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Fireflies by Firelight
Event details:
July 08, 2016
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8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bring the kids out for a good old fashioned night of catching (and releasing) fireflies while enjoying a roasted marshmallow next to a cozy campfire.
 

July 08, 2016 (8:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Civil War Days: Weekend Pass
Event details:
July 09, 2016 - July 10, 2016
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 09, 2016 - July 10, 2016
Forest Fitness: Lakewood
Event details:
July 09, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 09, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
July 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.
 

July 09, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
July 09, 2016
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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 09, 2016 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Scout Saturday: Insect Study Merit Badge
Event details:
July 09, 2016
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.
 

July 09, 2016 (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Sunday)
Event details:
July 10, 2016
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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 10, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 10, 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 10, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers - FULL
Event details:
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 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!
 

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 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.
 

July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
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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 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 12, 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.
 

July 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Turtles
Event details:
July 12, 2016
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature-based story, craft and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.
 

July 12, 2016 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Events in the Plaza: Special Consensus
Event details:
July 12, 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.
 

July 12, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: MacArthur Woods
Event details:
July 13, 2016
Volunteer-06
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 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Wildlife in Motion: Who's that Flying Around?
Event details:
July 14, 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.
 

July 14, 2016 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Phenology and Photography
Event details:
July 16, 2016
PhenoPhotoIG
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Outdoor workshop for serious amateur photographers. Naturalists will guide you around the lake in a 34-foot Voyageur canoe, searching for photo subjects of seasonal interest.
 

July 16, 2016 (6:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Forest Fitness: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
July 16, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 16, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
July 16, 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.
 

July 16, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Hike
Event details:
July 16, 2016
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
One-hour guided nature hike. Explore a new preserve each month.
 

July 16, 2016 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
July 16, 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.
 

July 16, 2016 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 17, 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.
 

July 17, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire
Event details:
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 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.
 

July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event details:
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016
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), watch live animals in action, and solve a mystery.
 

July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016
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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 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wonder About Water
Event details:
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 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.
 

July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 19, 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.
 

July 19, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: The Cavern Beat
Event details:
July 19, 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.
 

July 19, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: MacArthur Woods
Event details:
July 20, 2016
Volunteer-06
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 20, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Little Sprouts: Watching it Grow
Event details:
July 20, 2016
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 20, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Wildlife in Motion: Hoppers and Jumpers
Event details:
July 21, 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.
 

July 21, 2016 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Look, Learn, Create: Indigenous Art
Event details:
July 21, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the Native peoples of Lake County, view indigenous art and create an art project to take home.
 

July 21, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 22, 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.
 

July 22, 2016 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Van Patten Woods
Event details:
July 23, 2016
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 23, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Bluebird Home Tour
Event details:
July 23, 2016
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Learn about eastern bluebirds and our wildlife monitoring program as you take a tour of the nest box homes to see if anyone's home!
 

July 23, 2016 (8:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
July 23, 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.
 

July 23, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Nature Open House: Heron Creek
Event details:
July 23, 2016
CDWW12
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on nature exploration. Scavenger hunts, guided hikes and live animals will introduce you to the natural wonders of Heron Creek.
 

July 23, 2016 (1:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 24, 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.
 

July 24, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
 
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