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In addition to our award-winning facilities and preserves, we also offer many programs and events throughout the year. Check the calendar to browse upcoming events and register online.

For program updates outside of normal business hours, call 847-968-3113.

Connect with Nature

You’d be amazed at what a one-hour walk with one of our skilled and friendly naturalists will do for you. You’ll see the woods through new eyes after joining one of our fun and casual programs. The wild places we explore are stunning: this isn’t the Lake County you see from the highway. Treat yourself to wildflowers, maple syruping, bird songs and more.

When attending outdoor events, proper dress will help to make your outing enjoyable. Comfortable shoes or boots that keep your feet warm and dry are a must. Always dress for the weather.

School and Scout Programs

Outstanding schools are one reason many people live in Lake County, and forest preserves enhance their fine work. We bring both nature and history alive year-round through exceptional programs and facilities.

Field trips, after school programs, scout tours, classroom presentations and family outings offer myriad ways for your kids to learn. Fun and adventure are emphasized through hands-on experiences.

History Education

On September 1, the Museum closed its doors at Lakewood Forest Preserve to begin the move to its new location in Libertyville. While the Museum is closed, learning will not stop. Our professional educators will continue to provide experience-based learning in the form of field trips and in-school programs for the 2016–2017 school year. Educators visit classrooms with artifacts and activities on a variety of local history topics. For details on school programs, email us or call 847-968-3422.

Senior Programs

Our educators offer a variety of fun and informative programs for seniors, including nature or history themed presentations and seasonal Habitat Walks in preserves across the county. In addition, senior groups can assemble for guided tours at special facilities of interest including Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home and Ryerson Woods. At the Lake County Discovery Museum, daily admission for seniors is just $3.

If you belong to a senior group and want to learn more, call Melissa at 847-968-3326 or send her an email.


"This is our first time to this event and I think it's great. We were playing in the mud before, and there were no rules and no instructions. The kids had a blast."

Kimberlee Frost




Wildflower Wonders: Sedge Meadow

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

Guided Hike Lake County

August 27, 2017 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Guided walk on this year's Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.

Trail Tales Trek

August 31, 2017 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hike and read with your family along our new Trail Tales storybook panels, making stops on the way for interactive nature activities and explorations.

Walk with a Naturalist: Marl Flat

September 02, 2017 (09:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
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Time:09:00 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.

Habitat Walk for Seniors: Lyons Woods

September 06, 2017 (09:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Explore one of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you take part in this series of walks.
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