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

Preserve Highlights

 
  • Holiday Tree Recycling

    Donated trees are chipped and used for preserve trails and landscaping.
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  • Winter Snow and Ice Removal Operations

    Staff will be performing adjustments this coming winter to reduce the amount of road salt applied during...
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  • Winter Recreation

    Cold weather brings winter fun in your forest preserves.
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Most preserves are open 6:30 am—sunset, daily. Today’s sunset time is 4:20 PM

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EVENTS

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Dec

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

December 18, 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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Dec

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 18, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 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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Dec

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

December 19, 2018 (12:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Event's details
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Time:12:00 PM - 03:00 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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Dec

Tinkering Through Time: Potawatomi Art

December 19, 2018 (03:30 PM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

From beadwork to pottery, learn about different Potawatomi art forms, then create your own work of art.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Old School

December 20, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 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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Dec

Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial

December 20, 2018 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Event's details

Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

As the Illinois Bicentennial celebration comes to a close, hear Raupp Museum curator, Debbie Fandrei, discuss artifacts from the book 200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Then view a number of these artifacts on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery.
 
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Dec

Winter Solstice Walk and Campfire: FULL

December 21, 2018 (06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Join us for a guided walk as we explore Ryerson Woods on the longest night of the year. End the evening around a cozy campfire roasting marshmallows.
 
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Dec

Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)

December 23, 2018 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Event's details
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 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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