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Lake County Forest Preserves | Preservation, Restoration, Education and Recreation

Preserve Highlights

 
  • Free Senior Museum Admission

    Senior admission to the Dunn Museum in Libertyville is FREE for the entire month of OCTOBER.
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  • Day of the Dead Exhibition

    A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico exhibition is on display through Jan 5, 2020,...
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Most preserves are open 6:30 am—sunset, daily. Today’s sunset time is 6:12 PM

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EVENTS

14
Oct

Columbus Day: Buckthorn Busters

October 14, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Learn to identify one of the most invasive plants in the county. See how and why we get rid of it. Then put on some work gloves and join in to remove it, helping to improve habitat health.

 
14
Oct

Playdate with Nature - School Day Off

October 14, 2019 (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial.
 
14
Oct
 
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Discover the story of how calaveras, humorous skeleton drawings associated with Day of the Dead, came to be and explore other traditions associated with the holiday.
 
15
Oct

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

October 15, 2019 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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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!
 
15
Oct

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

October 15, 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!
 
16
Oct

Senior Series: Fall Color Walk

October 16, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Join us for a walk through beautiful Ryerson Woods and discover the science behind the changing colors.
 
17
Oct

Restoration Workday: Old School

October 17, 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!
 
17
Oct
 
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Come learn about one of America's first dinosaur discoveries, Dryptosaurus. See the life-sized flesh-reconstruction of the predator and hear all about the process from the artist, Tyler Keillor, who created it.
 
18
Oct

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

October 18, 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!
 
18
Oct

Community Campfire Friday Nights

October 18, 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.
 
19
Oct

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

October 19, 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!
 
19
Oct

Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh

October 19, 2019 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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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!
 
19
Oct

Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove

October 19, 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!
 
19
Oct

Restoration Workday: Heron Creek

October 19, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Birdwatching Hot Spots

October 19, 2019 (12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Join us at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for waterfowl, raptors, and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.
 
19
Oct

Rx for Health: Walking in Nature

October 19, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 
20
Oct

Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods

October 20, 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!
 
20
Oct

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

October 20, 2019 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
20
Oct
 
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This decade-long project has transformed the landscape of Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve in Antioch, recreating a healthy, meandering stream from one of Lake County's lowest quality lakes. Project Manager Leslie Berns will reveal the story of this complex restoration success.
 
20
Oct

Guided Hike Lake County

October 20, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
20
Oct

Chocolate in Life and Death

October 20, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Learn about how chocolate was made and consumed in ancient Mexico and its use in Dia de los Muertos traditions today. We’ll grind roasted cacao beans on a metate and demonstrate how to prepare a traditional drinking chocolate.
 

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