Background Image

Who We Are

7 Things to do in November


Don't let cooler temperatures and less daylight stop you from having fun and learning. The Lake County Forest Preserves has a variety of outdoor activities and indoor events planned for November.

  1. "Walk with a Naturalist" takes place from 9 –10:30 am, Saturday, November 2, at Pine Dunes Forest Preserve in Antioch. Pine Dunes features rolling hills and panoramic views of prairie, savanna and oak-hickory woodlands. No registration is required for the free event. The guided hikes take place each month at a different preserve.
  2. "Lake County History Symposium" takes place 10 am–1:30 pm, Saturday, November 2, at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. "Prohibition in Lake County" is the theme. Presentations include: Going Dry: Pre-Prohibition Lake County; Ballots, Babes and Beer; and Al Capone in Waukegan. Registration is required for the event for adults and youth ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 ages 12–17, $10 ages 18 and over for both residents/nonresidents. Includes Museum admission. Teacher professional development hours available.
  3. Learn about the impacts of European buckthorn on our local ecosystems and how to manage the invasive weed during "Community Conservation: Removing Buckthorn." The session takes place from 9–11 am, Saturday, November 9, at Ryerson Woods—Welcome Center in Riverwoods. The presentation will be held almost entirely outdoors, weather permitting. Be prepared to be off trail removing buckthorn during this hands-on workshop. We will provide tools, safety glasses and work gloves. Registration is required for the free event.
  4. Preschoolers and their adult caregivers will see and touch a variety of seeds and learn how they travel. A nature-based story and craft are also part of "Hikin' Tykes: Seeds" that runs from 9:30–10:45 am, Tuesday, November 12, at Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. Limit two children, ages 2–4, per adult. Registration is required. $6 adult, $3 child.
  5. "Cuentos from the Americas" takes place 6–7 pm, Thursday, November 21, at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Hear a combination of ancient legends, myths, folktales, and personal tales from North Central and South America during this engaging musical and movement performance from storyteller Jasmin Cardenas. Sponsored by USG, free programs take place every first and third Thursday evening.
  6. Hear writer and food historian Cynthia Clampitt tell the story of how corn has developed over its 10,000-year history. Starting off as a weedy grass in Mexico, it was nurtured by Native Americans, then spanned the globe and drove westward expansion. Find out about its historical impact and why it is so vital today. "How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else" takes place from 2–3 pm, Saturday, November 23, for adults, at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Sponsored by Illinois Humanities, the event is free with $6 adult Museum admission.
  7. "Thanksgiving for Nature Scavenger Hunt" takes place from 1–3 pm, Sunday, November 24, at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Find clues along the trail to discover what we should be thankful for in nature. The activity is self-paced, about a mile, and mostly on gravel and grass pathways. Afterward, have a hot beverage and a s'more around a campfire. Participants can arrive anytime between 1–3 pm at Shelter C. Registration is required. Cost is $2 residents and nonresidents. Ages 3 and under are free.

Media Contact: Nan Buckardt,, 847-968-3330