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  • Fort Sheridan Reopens with 70-Foot Overlook of Lake Michigan

    We are announcing the reopening of Fort Sheridan in Lake Forest with new and improved features that provide...
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  • Fresh Produce Available

    Through early October, purchase organically grown produce from the Green Youth Farm, located in North...
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Most preserves are open 6:30 am—sunset, daily. Today’s sunset time is 8:21 PM

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Jul
 
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Jul

Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods

July 22, 2018 (09:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Jul
 
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Time:01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Brushwood Center, in partnership with the Lake County Forest Preserve District, presents The Promise of an Acorn, a group exhibition focused on the unique oak ecosystem. Join us for the opening reception from 1–3 pm and learn about oak ecosystem restoration in Lake County with featured guest speakers, Skip Twardosz and Gerould Wilhelm at 3 pm. Optional guided hike through Ryerson Woods at 4 pm.
 
23
Jul

Summer Camp: Make a Museum

July 23, 2018-July 27, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, learn about collections, and how to design an exhibit. As they learn, they will create their own temporary exhibit which will open up on the last day of camp.
 
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Jul
 
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Time:09:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Jul

History Hacked: Cradleboard

July 24, 2018 (02:00 PM - 02:45 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, Libertyville, IL -60048


How did the Potawatomi care for their children in the 19th century? Are cradleboards still used today? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we take a closer look at a cradleboard from our collections and learn about Potawatomi childcare and family life.
 
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Jul

From Seed to Sprout - Watching it Grow

July 25, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the parts of a plant and which parts we eat as we work in our garden and end with a taste test.
 
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Jul

Senior Series: Mammals of Lake County

July 25, 2018 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Expand your knowledge of the mammals that call Lake County home. A guided walk in search of local mammals follows an indoor presentation.
 
26
Jul
 
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Time:12:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 
26
Jul

Family Fishing

July 26, 2018 (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. You could catch bluegills, largemouth bass and channel
catfish. We’ll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 
27
Jul
 
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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.
 
28
Jul

Rookery Watch

July 28, 2018 (08:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 
28
Jul

Forest Fitness: Cuba Marsh

July 28, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
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Jul
 
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Time:09:00 AM

Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 

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