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  • Nearly 100 Blanding’s turtles released into Lake County wetlands

    In 2010, the Forest Preserves instituted an official recovery program for this species. It includes a...
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  • Summer 2019 Horizons Magazine Available Online

    Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with news, education programs, events and more.
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Most preserves are open 6:30 am—sunset, daily. Today’s sunset time is 8:31 PM

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Jun

From Seed to Sprout - Dig If You Will

June 19, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the history of Bonner Farm and early settlers to Lake County through a tour of the site and hands-on activities.
 
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Jun

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

June 19, 2019 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
19
Jun

Senior Series: Early Summer Wildflowers

June 19, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

The palette of wildflowers changes throughout the summer. Join us as we enjoy the splendor of these beauties.
 
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Jun

Restoration Workday: Old School

June 20, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
20
Jun

The Writing Life with Russell Lissau

June 20, 2019 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Critically acclaimed comic book scribe Russell Lissau, (The Batman Strikes, Old Wounds), will reveal where he gets ideas for stories and how he turns them into comic books.
 
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Jun

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

June 21, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
21
Jun

Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove

June 21, 2019 (11:30 AM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:11:30 AM - 02:00 PM

The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 
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Jun

Lunchtime Tours: Lakes and Resorts

June 21, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Learn about the historic resorts and summertime activities that drew people to Lake County in the early 20th century.
 
21
Jun

Community Campfire Friday Nights

June 21, 2019 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Join friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 
22
Jun

Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff

June 22, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
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Jun
 
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
24
Jun

Summer Camp: Pint-Sized Farmers

June 24, 2019-June 28, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Discover how food makes its way from the farm to the dinner table and the importance of farms. Pint-sized farmers will plant, water, harvest, and package the homegrown food from Bonner’s organic garden and explore what it means to be a modern-day farmer.
 
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Jun

Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL

June 24, 2019-June 28, 2019 (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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Jun

Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs - FULL

June 24, 2019-June 28, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Campers 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.
 
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Jun

Summer Camp: Pondering Plants

June 24, 2019-June 28, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Campers 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 include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants.
 
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Jun

Hummingbirds

June 24, 2019 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Observe these amazing birds as you learn about their life history and how to make a hummingbird-friendly yard.
 
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Jun
 
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
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Jun

Turtle Telemetry

June 25, 2019 (09:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the state endangered Blanding’s turtle and our Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Program. Walk in the “boots of a biologist” and test out some of the equipment we use to find and evaluate turtles.
 
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Jun

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

June 25, 2019 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

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