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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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Most preserves are open 6:30 am—sunset, daily. Today’s sunset time is 8:22 PM

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Jul

Grasslands of Lake County

July 21, 2019 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Explore this unique ecosystem rich in biodiversity and discover the variety of plants and animals that call it home.
 
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Jul
 
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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!
 
22
Jul

Summer Camp: Lake County Time Travelers

July 22, 2019-July 26, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Travel back in time by exploring the exhibit galleries at the Dunn Museum and journey through over 10,000 years of Lake County history. Campers will travel from prehistoric times to the 1930s through a variety of activities, games, crafts, and museum explorations.
 
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Jul
 
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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!
 
23
Jul

Frogs

July 23, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for a morning filled with leaping frogs and wiggling tadpoles. We’ll discover the unique life cycle of frogs and other amphibians during this hands-on program.
 
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Jul

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

July 23, 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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Jul

Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery

July 24, 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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Jul

Bonner Heritage Farm Tour

July 24, 2019 (01:00 PM - 01:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Learn about the people, the land and the events of this historic 1850s farmstead on this guided tour.
 
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Jul

Turtle Meet and Greet

July 24, 2019 (02:30 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Discover the fascinating life history of some of our local turtles. Learn what you can do to help our turtle neighbors through hands-on activities and a guided walk.
 
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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. Tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 
25
Jul

Nature Open House

July 25, 2019 (06:30 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Live animals, crafts and guided activities will introduce you to some of the creatures that call this preserve home.
 
26
Jul

Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake

July 26, 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!
 
26
Jul

Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove

July 26, 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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Jul

Community Campfire Friday Nights

July 26, 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.
 
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Jul

Aquatic Plants and Animals

July 27, 2019 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Get close to aquatic plants and animals while paddling. Brief paddle instruction provided.
 

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