Education Events



Maple Syrup Hikes

March 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 2018

Learn how trees work and about the sweet sap of sugar maples. Ryerson Woods is one of the few places in Lake County where climate conditions are right for maple syrup production, and where trees grow to a diameter and height that allows for tapping. Everyone gets a taste. Program also available as a school or scout field trip.



Lake County History Symposium

April 29, 2018

This day-long symposium focuses on a different theme each year. This year's theme is History from Objects

As host, the Dunn Museum seeks proposals for presentations and posters that share original research on the symposium’s theme. Submission guidelines »



Civil War Days

June 30 & July 1

Each July, the Museum hosts Civil War Days, the largest Civil War encampment in Illinois. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery reenactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. Ongoing drills, kids’ activities, and Civil War era shopping are available both days. Learn more »



Lake County Pop-Up Museum

Check back for 2018 dates. 

While the Museum is closed in preparation for its move to Libertyville, the Lake County Pop-Up Museum will be appearing around the county at a variety of venues. 



Halloween Hikes

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Join us at Ryerson Woods for a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider. Not scary. Even your littlest will enjoy this family favorite. Learn more »