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Trail closures due to flooding

7/17/2017 4:13:00 PM
Some trails and preserves are closed due to flooding. Please check the interactive map for more details.
 

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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.

Testimonials

"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
Parent

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EVENTS

21
Jul

Community Campfire Friday Nights

July 21, 2017 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 
22
Jul

Phenology and Photography

July 22, 2017 (06:30 PM - 09:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 09:30 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.
 
24
Jul

Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL

July 24, 2017-July 28, 2017 (09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 03:00 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.
 
24
Jul

Summer Camp: Survival Basics

July 24, 2017-July 28, 2017 (09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 03:00 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.
 
24
Jul

Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL

July 24, 2017-July 28, 2017 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 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.
 
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