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Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
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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 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
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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 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Explore and Restore
Event details:
June 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 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 26, 2017 - June 30, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 27, 2017
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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 27, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 27, 2017
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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 27, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2017 Summer Concerts at Independence Grove
Event details:
June 27, 2017
7:30 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 13–August 8, 2017, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4.
 

June 27, 2017 7:30 PM
Little Sprouts: Planting a Seed
Event details:
June 28, 2017
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 28, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 28, 2017
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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 28, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Celebrate USA
Event details:
June 30, 2017
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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.
 

June 30, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Greenbelt Dugdale
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 01, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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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 01, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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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.
 

July 01, 2017 9:00 AM
Walk with a Naturalist: Middlefork Savanna
Event details:
July 01, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 

July 01, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Fireflies by Firelight
Event details:
July 01, 2017
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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for a fun-filled evening learning about these fascinating insects and how you can make your own yard a welcoming oasis for them.
 

July 01, 2017 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 02, 2017
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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 02, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Habitat Walk for Seniors: Heron Creek
Event details:
July 05, 2017
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Explore one of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you take part in this series of walks.
 

July 05, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 05, 2017
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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 05, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 06, 2017
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 06, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Bugs and Butterflies
Event details:
July 07, 2017
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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 07, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Civil War Days: Weekend Pass
Event details:
July 08, 2017 - July 09, 2017
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 08, 2017 - July 09, 2017
Forest Fitness: Lakewood
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 08, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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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 08, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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 08, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
July 08, 2017
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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 08, 2017 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Sunday)
Event details:
July 09, 2017
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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 09, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 09, 2017
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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 09, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
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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 equipment. Activities include building shelter and fire, orienteering, canoeing and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test on the last day, which applies the skills they learned.
 

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
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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 fishing session. One day of boat fishing is part of sessions held at
Independence Grove.
 

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, canoe, swim, fish and participate in team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 11, 2017
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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 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Critters in Streams
Event details:
July 11, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Learn with your preschooler about this priority animal species of Chicago Wilderness and how you can help them. Hands-on activities, craft and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 

July 11, 2017 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 11, 2017
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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 11, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2017 Summer Concerts at Independence Grove
Event details:
July 11, 2017
7:30 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 13–August 8, 2017, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4.
 

July 11, 2017 7:30 PM
Little Sprouts: Watching it Grow
Event details:
July 12, 2017
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 12, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 12, 2017
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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 12, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Hives, Nests and Bees
Event details:
July 13, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer, the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

July 13, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 13, 2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drop in during the afternoon to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

July 13, 2017 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Miniature Golf
Event details:
July 14, 2017
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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 14, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Ryerson
Event details:
July 15, 2017
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 15, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
July 15, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

July 15, 2017 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 16, 2017
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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 16, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
istock-garden-spider
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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 sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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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. One day of boat fishing is part of sessions held at Independence Grove.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants - FULL
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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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 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Prehistoric Camp
Event details:
July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Young paleontologists uncover the past from the Paleozoic Era to the Ice Age, discovering the diversity of plants and animals from tiny trilobites to mega mastodons. As a junior geologist, your child will explore the county's dynamic shift from shallow seas to mile high glaciers. Finally, taking on the role of archaeologist, campers will dig into prehistoric cultures to learn what life was like for the first people in Lake County.
 

July 17, 2017 - July 21, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 18, 2017
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 18, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 18, 2017
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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 18, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2017 Summer Concerts at Independence Grove
Event details:
July 18, 2017
7:30 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 13–August 8, 2017, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4.
 

July 18, 2017 7:30 PM
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 19, 2017
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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 19, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Lodges, Dens and Beavers
Event details:
July 20, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

July 20, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Beach Bingo
Event details:
July 21, 2017
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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 21, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 21, 2017
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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 21, 2017 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Lyons Woods
Event details:
July 22, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 22, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Phenology and Photography
Event details:
July 22, 2017
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6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Outdoor workshop for serious amateur photographers. Meet the photographer of this issue's cover image, Jeff Goldberg. Join us, as we take advantage of sunset over the savanna and explore the wonders of light painting after full dark.
 

July 22, 2017 (6:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 23, 2017
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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 23, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
istock-compass
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to outdoor and wilderness skills with a focus on team-building. They will learn what is required to survive in the great outdoors with and without survival equipment. Activities
may include shelter and fire building, cooking, orienteering and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test, which involves applying the skills they learned.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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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 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard - FULL
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, canoe, swim, fish and participate in team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 25, 2017
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 25, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 25, 2017
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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 25, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2017 Summer Concerts at Independence Grove
Event details:
July 25, 2017
7:30 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 13–August 8, 2017, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4.
 

July 25, 2017 7:30 PM
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
July 26, 2017
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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 26, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Tunnels Underground & Salamanders
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July 27, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

July 27, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 27, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 27, 2017 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Carnival
Event details:
July 28, 2017
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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 28, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Nature Open House
Event details:
July 28, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for an evening of fun in nature. Live animals, crafts and guided activities will introduce you to some of the creatures that call Hasting's Lake home.
 

July 28, 2017 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Independence Grove
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July 29, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 29, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Wildflower Wonders: Old School
Event details:
July 29, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lake County has over 600 different species of wildflowers. Come appreciate their beauty in a different Forest Preserve each month as we explore what makes them so wonderfully interesting.
 

July 29, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 30, 2017
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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 30, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Gospelfest
Event details:
July 30, 2017
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 30, 2017 (3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Sky Watchers
Event details:
July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Interactive experiments, observations, and exploration introduce campers to the science of meteorology. Activities emphasize the connections between weather and our world, including creating weather station tools, reading clouds, and forecasting.
 

July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Your child will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017
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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. One day of boat fishing is part of sessions held at Independence Grove.
 

July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants - FULL
Event details:
July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017
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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 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 01, 2017
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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 01, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
August 01, 2017
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 01, 2017 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 01, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 01, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2017 Summer Concerts at Independence Grove
Event details:
August 01, 2017
7:30 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 13–August 8, 2017, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4.
 

August 01, 2017 7:30 PM
Habitat Walk for Seniors: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
August 02, 2017
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9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Explore one of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you take part in this series of walks.
 

August 02, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Little Sprouts: Eggcellent Adventures
Event details:
August 02, 2017
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 02, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 02, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 02, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Tinkering Through Time: Floating Boats
Event details:
August 02, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In this new program series, Tinkering with Time, children will experience a variety of hands on activities and develop STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and critical thinking skills. Join us on the journey to discover how history can connect to science experiments, inventions, nature, art and more!
 

August 02, 2017 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Wetlands and Turtles
Event details:
August 03, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

August 03, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 03, 2017
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drop in during the afternoon to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

August 03, 2017 (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Pirate Day
Event details:
August 04, 2017
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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 04, 2017 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
August 04, 2017
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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 04, 2017 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Half Day
Event details:
August 05, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 05, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Fort Hill Trail
Event details:
August 05, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 

August 05, 2017 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
August 05, 2017
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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 05, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 06, 2017
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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 06, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Survival Basics - FULL
Event details:
August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to outdoor and wilderness skills with a focus on team-building. They will learn what is required to survive in the great outdoors with and without survival equipment. Activities
may include shelter and fire building, cooking, orienteering, and water safety. The whole week prepares them for one final test, which involves applying the skills they learned.
 

August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017
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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 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers bike, hike, canoe, swim, fish, and participate in team building activities while exploring the forest preserve. Environmental concepts are incorporated into each day.
 

August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pint-sized Farmers
Event details:
August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from the 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 farm animals along the way.
 

August 07, 2017 - August 11, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 08, 2017
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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 08, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Smooth Green Snake
Event details:
August 08, 2017
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Learn with your preschooler about this priority animal species of Chicago Wilderness and how you can help them. Hands-on activities, craft and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 

August 08, 2017 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 08, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 08, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
2017 Summer Concerts at Independence Grove
Event details:
August 08, 2017
7:30 PM
Our Events in the Plaza outdoor concerts are held Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, June 13–August 8, 2017, at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. No rain dates. No concert on July 4.
 

August 08, 2017 7:30 PM
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 09, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 09, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Wildlife Homes: Tree Cavities and Woodpeckers
Event details:
August 10, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover with your little explorer the places animals make their homes. Hands-on nature activities include a hike, story, craft and interaction with live animals.
 

August 10, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
August 10, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

August 10, 2017 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Forest Fitness: Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch
Event details:
August 12, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 12, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
August 12, 2017
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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 12, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
August 12, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

August 12, 2017 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 13, 2017
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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 13, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 15, 2017
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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 15, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 15, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 15, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Singing Insects
Event details:
August 16, 2017
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the insects that make up our summer chorus, then head into the field to observe them in action.
 

August 16, 2017 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Little Sprouts: Fresh from the Garden
Event details:
August 16, 2017
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 16, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 16, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 16, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
August 18, 2017
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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 18, 2017 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Oak Spring Canoe Launch
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August 19, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 19, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
August 19, 2017
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9:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 

August 19, 2017 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Fred Fest
Event details:
August 19, 2017
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fred Fest is an all-day music festival featuring a full lineup of local bands and activities for the whole family. All net proceeds benefit the Preservation Foundation.
 

August 19, 2017 (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 20, 2017
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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 20, 2017 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Event details:
August 21, 2017
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Drop in and join the fun as we experience the solar eclipse. This is the closest the Chicago region has been to the "path of totality" in over 200 years!
 

August 21, 2017 (11:30 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 22, 2017
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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 22, 2017 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 22, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 22, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
August 23, 2017
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

August 23, 2017 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Buffalo Creek
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August 26, 2017
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 26, 2017 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Wildflower Wonders: Sedge Meadow
Event details:
August 26, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lake County has over 600 different species of wildflowers. Come appreciate their beauty in a different Forest Preserve each month as we explore what makes them so wonderfully interesting.
 

August 26, 2017 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
 
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