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General FAQ

Questions & Answers

Q: When was the Lake County Forest Preserves created?

Our story begins in 1957, with Ethel Untermyer and her 3-year-old son Frank who wanted to go exploring in the woods. Learn more about our history and mission.


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Q: What is the mission of the Lake County Forest Preserves?

As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958, we set the standard in nature and historic preservation, and in outdoor recreation and education. The guiding elements of our mission remain focused on preservation, restoration, education and recreation. 


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