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Photo of Trail at Lakewood Forest Preserve

Board Approves Addition to Lakewood Forest Preserve

At their February 13 meeting, the Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of roughly 8.2 acres in Fremont Township, known as the Grawe property...


Early Bird Registration Ends February 15

Our camps are designed for summer fun and learning. Browse available camps. Enroll online.


Visitor Services Volunteers Needed

Volunteer at the Dunn Museum! Greet visitors, collect admission fees, facilitate gift shop sales and introduce visitors to the exhibition galleries.


Lake County History Symposium

Join local historians and history enthusiasts as they discuss History from Objects on April 29.

Jan 05, 2018 07:04 AM

Register Today

Registration for school programs at the Dunn Museum is now open. Field trips are available beginning March 26. For more information or to book a field trip or in-school program, contact...

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Sled Hill at Old School
Dec 07, 2017 08:00 AM

Winter Recreation

Cold weather brings winter fun in your forest preserves.

Middlefork Savanna Bridge

Middlefork Bridge and Trail Connection Now Open

The Middlefork Bridge and Trail Connection is now open. The new bridge connects 4.5 miles of trails at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve in Lake Forest to the Lake Forest Academy and Townline Community Park and provides trail users...


Lake County History Symposium

The Dunn Museum seeks proposals for presentations and posters that share original research on this year's theme, History from Objects.

Squirrel in the snow

Winter 2017 Horizons Magazine Available Online

Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with news, education programs, events and more.

Nov 01, 2017 08:00 AM

Take an Evening Hike on Solar-Lit Trails

Get some evening exercise this winter along designated solar-lit trails at Old School and Lakewood, open until 9 pm, daily through March 11.


Bridge Connects Middlefork Savanna to Local Trails, Parks

At around 1:30 am on Saturday, September 9, we began installing a 221-foot steel pedestrian bridge over the Metra Railway to connect trails at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve...

Fall 2017 Cover Image

Fall 2017 Horizons Magazine Available Online

Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with news, education programs, events and more.

Des Plaines River Trail

New Interactive Trail Map

Use our NEW interactive trail map to help navigate your next adventure in a forest preserve near you.​


Pokémon Go in the Preserves

Use our interactive map to help you "Catch 'em all."

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
© Steven Diver
May 09, 2017 03:00 PM

Fort Sheridan Public Access Improvements

A resolution awarding a contract for construction of public access improvements at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve was approved at the May 9, 2017, Board meeting.

Deer Tick

Ticks and Lyme Disease

While enjoying activities outside, don’t forget to take action to prevent bites from ticks that share our outdoor spaces.

Mar 07, 2017 08:00 AM

Independence Grove Beach Season Passes Now Available

Season passes are on sale for Lake County residents. Purchase by May 1 and save 10 percent.

© Joan Sayre

Spring 2017 Horizons Magazine Available Online

Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with news, education programs, events and more.

Our Volunteers

Let Their Words Inspire You

We asked our dedicated volunteers what inspires them to help in our conservation and education efforts. Their words encourage us in our work and we hope they inspire you, too.

Dec 07, 2016 10:00 AM

Board President Maine, Vice President Pedersen Retain Posts

Both will serve two-year terms that end December 2018.

Nov 15, 2016 09:00 AM

Hike and Read Along the Trail at Ryerson

Head to Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods to take part in self-guided storybook reading while you hike.

Oct 30, 2016 11:59 PM

Get a 360-degree Look at Preserves and Trails

You can now use Google Street View to get a 360-degree look at some of our popular trails and preserves.​


Teich Archives Transferred to Newberry Library

The Newberry will become the new home of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives.

AAA Rating
Aug 09, 2016 11:59 PM

AAA Bond Rating Awarded for 15th Straight Year, Taxpayers Save $10 Million

We have been awarded the highest bond rating by two of the top credit rating agencies in the world.

Safety Tips

Safety Alert: Theft Prevention Tips

Safeguard against auto burglary. When property is left unlocked or in plain view, it invites trouble.​

Ray Lake
Apr 12, 2016 09:55 AM

Ray Lake Grows Again

Forest Preserve Board acquires more land in Fremont Township, making Ray Lake the sixth largest forest preserve in the county.

John Tannahill
Dec 07, 2015 04:00 PM

John Tannahill to Head Lake County Police Association

Our top safety officer has been elected president of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association for 2016.

Pine Dunes
Pine Dunes
Nov 25, 2015 08:00 AM

Pine Dunes Forest Preserve in Antioch Now Open

New public access improvements are now available at Pine Dunes Forest Preserve in Antioch.

DPR Trail Now Complete
Trail Completed
Oct 22, 2015 05:40 PM

Des Plaines River Trail Now Complete

The wait is over! Trail users can now enjoy a 31.4-mile uninterrupted north/south venture through Lake County, marking a historic milestone for the Lake County Forest Preserves.

Millennium Trail

Check Status of Trails and Preserves

Before heading out, check the current status of trail underpasses. Also find construction alerts, preserve improvement projects and controlled burn sites.

Lake County Forest Preserves
Jan 22, 2015 12:13 PM

Lake County Life Tells Story of What Makes Lake County Special

It’s the natural beauty, our schools and businesses, and the active and healthy people who live, work and play here.

Lake County Forest Preserves
Ranger Police
Aug 05, 2014 09:02 AM

Ranger Police Officer Saves Baby

Officer Dreyer administered infant CPR after baby stopped breathing.

Des Plaines River Trail
Jul 22, 2014 09:51 AM

Land Buy Closes Gap in DPR Trail

At their July 2014 meeting, our Board of Commissioners approved a small land purchase that will have a mighty impact on the Des Plaines River Trail.

Apr 24, 2014 11:19 AM

Adlai Stevenson Home Designated a National Historic Landmark

U.S. Department of the Interior selects site as landmark honoring nation’s cultural heritage.

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