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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
Adam_Ezra_Band
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)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Celebrate the USA
Event details:
July 01, 2016
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 01, 2016 (11:30 AM - 2:00 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)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
July 02, 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.
 

July 02, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Miniature Golf
Event details:
July 08, 2016
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 08, 2016 (11:30 AM - 2:00 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
community-campfire-friday-nights
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)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
July 09, 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.
 

July 09, 2016 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
July 09, 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.
 

July 09, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
July 09, 2016
civil-war10
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
civil-war09
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 10, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 10, 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 10, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 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: 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: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
CAMP_FISH_20140702-001
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
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 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
Special_Concensus_band_web
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)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Lifeguard Olympics
Event details:
July 15, 2016
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 15, 2016 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
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
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.
 

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)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
July 16, 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.
 

July 16, 2016 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
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: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016
CAMP_FISH_20140702-001
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: 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 - FULL
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: 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
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 19, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: The Cavern Beat
Event details:
July 19, 2016
Cavern_Beat
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)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Sand Creations
Event details:
July 22, 2016
Beach_(credit_Carol_Freeman)
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets even better on Fridays with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 22, 2016 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 22, 2016
community-campfire-friday-nights
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
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.
 

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)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers - FULL
Event details:
July 25, 2016 - July 29, 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 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 25, 2016 - July 29, 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 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 25, 2016 - July 29, 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.
 

July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Lake County Pioneers - FULL
Event details:
July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016
NA-VOY-CAMP-CHW
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and nature exploration, learn how pioneers made the big move west, started farms, and set up houses.
 

July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 26, 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 26, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza: Bumpus
Event details:
July 26, 2016
Bumpus_Group_Color3web
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 26, 2016 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Family Nature Walk: Dragonflies
Event details:
July 27, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Explore the beauty of Middlefork Savanna while searching for dragonflies.
 

July 27, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Wildlife in Motion: What's that Swimming?
Event details:
July 28, 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 28, 2016 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 28, 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.
 

July 28, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 28, 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.
 

July 28, 2016 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Sunset Stroll
Event details:
July 28, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us as we explore Van Patten Woods as day turns to night.
 

July 28, 2016 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Pirate Day
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July 29, 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.
 

July 29, 2016 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Independence Grove
Event details:
July 30, 2016
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us as we briskly walk the trails of your forest preserves!
 

July 30, 2016 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Boating Safety Class Certification and Exam
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July 30, 2016
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This eight hour course covers the basics of boating safety, equipment and requirements, navigation, registration and titling, emergency measures and the Illinois boating laws. Passing the written exam at the end of this class allows youth ages 12 to 16 to operate a watercraft on their own.
 

July 30, 2016 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Walk on the Wildflower Side: Sedge Meadow
Event details:
July 30, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.
 

July 30, 2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Canoeing the Des Plaines River
Event details:
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)
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)
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: Animal Attire - FULL
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)
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)
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)
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: 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: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
August 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016
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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: Fishing Camp- FULL
Event details:
August 08, 2016 - August 12, 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 08, 2016 - August 12, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pint-sized Farmers - FULL
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
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 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
Mr._Myers
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
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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
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August 13, 2016
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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
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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 13, 2016 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
August 13, 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 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
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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 14, 2016 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 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.
 

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
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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
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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 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)
Guided Hike Lake County
Event details:
August 21, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Guided walk on seven of this year's Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 

August 21, 2016 (2:00 PM - 3:30 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
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August 27, 2016
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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)
 
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