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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 24, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

June 24, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pint-Sized Farmers - FULL
Event details:
June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities, and games. We will plant, harvest, and taste homegrown food from Bonner's organic garden.
 

June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire - FULL
Event details:
June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fur, feathers, fins, scales and skin: they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animals' coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, nature activities and crafts.
 

June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 26, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

June 26, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza–The Giving Tree Band
Event details:
June 26, 2018
The_Giving_Tree_Band
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 

June 26, 2018 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Senior Series: Gardening with Native Plants
Event details:
June 27, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Discover the benefits of using native plants to create habitat for local birds and butterflies. Plant selection and identification, habitat requirements and maintenance will be discussed.
 

June 27, 2018 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 28, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

June 28, 2018 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Celebrate USA
Event details:
June 29, 2018
IG-20160722-JK-2843
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

June 29, 2018 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
June 29, 2018
community-campfire-friday-nights
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

June 29, 2018 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Civil War Days: Weekend Pass
Event details:
June 30, 2018 - July 01, 2018
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

June 30, 2018 - July 01, 2018
Rookery Watch
Event details:
June 30, 2018
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

June 30, 2018 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Lakewood
Event details:
June 30, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

June 30, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
June 30, 2018
ERCA08
9:00 AM
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.
 

June 30, 2018 9:00 AM
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
June 30, 2018
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

June 30, 2018 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Sunday)
Event details:
July 01, 2018
civil-war09
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 01, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 01, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 01, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 03, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 05, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 05, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Nature's Fireworks
Event details:
July 05, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Learn fun facts about species who use bioluminescence, make a firefly craft and help us put an end to the firefly vs. lightning bug debate with a vote. Drop in program, stop by anytime 5 - 7:30 PM.
 

July 05, 2018 (5:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Bugs and Butterflies
Event details:
July 06, 2018
IG-20160722-JK-2843
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 06, 2018 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Summer Night Camp
Event details:
July 06, 2018
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Like our summer day camp for kids but at night and for adults. Name game, team-building, kayaking, night hike and campfire.
 

July 06, 2018 (6:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
July 07, 2018
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

July 07, 2018 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Buffalo Creek
Event details:
July 07, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 07, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Grant Woods
Event details:
July 07, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 

July 07, 2018 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 08, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 08, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 09, 2018 - July 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 

July 09, 2018 - July 13, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers
Event details:
July 09, 2018 - July 13, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 

July 09, 2018 - July 13, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 09, 2018 - July 13, 2018
CAMP_FISH_20140702-001
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included.
 

July 09, 2018 - July 13, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 10, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 10, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza–Gizzae
Event details:
July 10, 2018
Gizzae
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 

July 10, 2018 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
From Seed to Sprout - How Does a Garden Grow?
Event details:
July 11, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Find out what plants need to grow. We'll test soil, check the Farmers' Almanac, and learn about pollination and insects.
 

July 11, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Lunchtime Tours: Civil War Stories
Event details:
July 11, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour the exhibition galleries and hear stories of how men and women from Lake County were involved in the American Civil War.
 

July 11, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 12, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

July 12, 2018 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Miniature Golf
Event details:
July 13, 2018
IG-20160722-JK-2843
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 13, 2018 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Event details:
July 13, 2018
astronomy
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join the Skokie Valley Astronomers on the second Friday of each month. Learn about outer space, the sky and the universe. Stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting.
 

July 13, 2018 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch
Event details:
July 14, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 14, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
July 14, 2018
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

July 14, 2018 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Barrington Greenway Initiative Explore & Restore Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
July 14, 2018
Grassy_Lake
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dive deep into the wilds of southwest Lake County to restore globally rare habitats of the Barrington Greenway.
 

July 14, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
July 14, 2018
PRWO03
9:00 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.
 

July 14, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
July 14, 2018
ERCA08
9:00 AM
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.
 

July 14, 2018 9:00 AM
Restoration Workday: Ryerson Woods
Event details:
CANCELLED
July 14, 2018
ERCA08
9:00 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.
 

July 14, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 15, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 15, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire - FULL
Event details:
July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fur, feathers, fins, scales and skin: they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animals' coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, nature activities and crafts.
 

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wetland Explorers - FULL
Event details:
July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018
CAMP_FISH_20140702-001
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Want to practice and improve your fishing skills? Join us as we learn more about fish, bait, lures and techniques. Each day features a one-to-two hour fishing session. One day of boat fishing is included.
 

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 17, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 17, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza–Adam Ezra Group
Event details:
July 17, 2018
Adam_Ezra_band_photo
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 

July 17, 2018 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Tinkering Through Time: Civil War Technology
Event details:
July 18, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
What type of technology existed during the American Civil War? Discover the importance of technological advances of that era, ranging from submarines and hot air balloons to photography.
 

July 18, 2018 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Native Drum Circle and Storytelling
Event details:
July 19, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Join us for a presentation of traditional Native Woodland singing and storytelling by the Seven Springs All Nations Drum from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
 

July 19, 2018 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Beach Bingo
Event details:
July 20, 2018
IG-20160722-JK-2843
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 20, 2018 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Civil War Stories
Event details:
July 20, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour the exhibition galleries and hear stories of how men and women from Lake County were involved in the American Civil War.
 

July 20, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Wine and Nine
Event details:
July 20, 2018
wine glass and two golf balls
4:00 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 

July 20, 2018 4:00 PM
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 20, 2018
community-campfire-friday-nights
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

July 20, 2018 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Oak Spring Canoe Launch
Event details:
July 21, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 21, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
July 21, 2018
ALMA05
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

July 21, 2018 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event details:
July 21, 2018
GRWO02
9:00 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.
 

July 21, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
July 21, 2018
ALMA05
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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.
 

July 21, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
July 21, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 

July 21, 2018 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 22, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 22, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
July 22, 2018
MCWO01
9:00 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.
 

July 22, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Promise of an Acorn; Oak Ecosystem Art Opening
Event details:
July 22, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Brushwood Center, in partnership with the Lake County Forest Preserve District, presents The Promise of an Acorn, a group exhibition focused on the unique oak ecosystem. Join us for the opening reception and learn about oak ecosystem restoration in Lake County with a featured forest preserve guest speaker at 2 PM. Optional guided hike through Ryerson Woods at 3 PM.
 

July 22, 2018 (1:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Summer Camp: Make a Museum
Event details:
July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, learn about collections, and how to design an exhibit. As they learn, they will create their own temporary exhibit which will open up on the last day of camp.
 

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers - FULL
Event details:
July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 

July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 24, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 24, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
History Hacked: Cradleboard
Event details:
July 24, 2018
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

How did the Potawatomi care for their children in the 19th century? Are cradleboards still used today? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we take a closer look at a cradleboard from our collections and learn about Potawatomi childcare and family life.
 

July 24, 2018 (2:00 PM - 2:45 PM)
Events in the Plaza–Mississippi Heat
Event details:
July 24, 2018
MississippiHeat1
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 

July 24, 2018 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
From Seed to Sprout - Watching it Grow
Event details:
July 25, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the parts of a plant and which parts we eat as we work in our garden and end with a taste test.
 

July 25, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Senior Series: Mammals of Lake County
Event details:
July 25, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Expand your knowledge of the mammals that call Lake County home. A guided walk in search of local mammals follows an indoor presentation.
 

July 25, 2018 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 26, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

July 26, 2018 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 26, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. You could catch bluegills, largemouth bass and channel
catfish. We’ll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 26, 2018 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Carnival
Event details:
July 27, 2018
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

July 27, 2018 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Cuba Marsh
Event details:
July 28, 2018
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

July 28, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Rookery Watch
Event details:
July 28, 2018
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

July 28, 2018 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
July 28, 2018
ERCA08
9:00 AM
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.
 

July 28, 2018 9:00 AM
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 29, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 29, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Gospelfest
Event details:
July 29, 2018
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Be inspired by Lake County's best gospel voices. This annual favorite features choirs, solo performances and praise dancers that will bring you to your feet.
 

July 29, 2018 (3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event details:
July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals.
 

July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event details:
July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
Skulls
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 

July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Animal Attire - FULL
Event details:
July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fur, feathers, fins, scales and skin: they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animals' coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, nature activities and crafts.
 

July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard - FULL
Event details:
July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.
 

July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Wetland Explorers - FULL
Event details:
July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 

July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 

July 30, 2018 - August 03, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
July 31, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

July 31, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza–Black Masala
Event details:
July 31, 2018
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 

July 31, 2018 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Museum Family Crafts: Art in Your Backyard
Event details:
August 02, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Join us in our North Shore Gas Education Classroom to make crafts centered around nature.
 

August 02, 2018 (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Independence Grove Family Fun Friday: Pirate Day
Event details:
August 03, 2018
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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 

August 03, 2018 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Sun Lake
Event details:
August 04, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 04, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Old School
Event details:
August 04, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 

August 04, 2018 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 05, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

August 05, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
August 06, 2018 - August 10, 2018
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 

August 06, 2018 - August 10, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventures - FULL
Event details:
August 06, 2018 - August 10, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 

August 06, 2018 - August 10, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Preserve Explorers - FULL
Event details:
August 06, 2018 - August 10, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 

August 06, 2018 - August 10, 2018 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 07, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

August 07, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Events in the Plaza–Morry Sochat and the Special 20s
Event details:
August 07, 2018
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 

August 07, 2018 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: People and Nature
Event details:
August 08, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour the exhibition galleries and discuss ways people have utilized the land in Lake County and been inspired by its natural beauty.
 

August 08, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
August 09, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

August 09, 2018 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Wine and Nine
Event details:
August 10, 2018
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4:00 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 

August 10, 2018 4:00 PM
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Event details:
August 10, 2018
astronomy
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join the Skokie Valley Astronomers at Ryerson Woods on the second Friday of each month. Learn about outer space, the sky and the universe. Stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting.
 

August 10, 2018 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Forest Fitness: Middlefork Savanna
Event details:
August 11, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 11, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event details:
August 11, 2018
PRWO03
9:00 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.
 

August 11, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
August 11, 2018
ERCA08
9:00 AM
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.
 

August 11, 2018 9:00 AM
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 12, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

August 12, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Aquatic Plant ID from a Canoe
Event details:
August 12, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn about some of the fascinating plants growing in aquatic ecosystems while paddling a canoe.
 

August 12, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Symbols of Illinois: Painted Turtle
Event details:
August 12, 2018
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial (1818–2018) by learning about state symbols. Each program in this 10-part series teaches about the origin and natural history of the state symbols, and may also include a brief walk.
 

August 12, 2018 (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
August 14, 2018
CUMA03
9:00 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.
 

August 14, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
History Cafe: Edward Amet
Event details:
August 14, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Enjoy an afternoon discussing one of the most fascinating inventors from Lake County, Edward Amet. Learn about his history, legacy, and why he is not well-known today.
 

August 14, 2018 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
From Seed to Sprout - And Field to Fork
Event details:
August 15, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
How does food get from the farm to our tables today? Learn about farming equipment and about food beneficial to our health and our planet, as we work in our garden and check on our plants.
 

August 15, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 16, 2018
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 

August 16, 2018 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Blanding's Turtle Conservation in Lake County
Event details:
August 16, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Join our Wildlife Biologist, Gary Glowacki as he discusses the use of innovative conservation strategies to bolster our local populations of this globally imperiled species.
 

August 16, 2018 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: People and Nature
Event details:
August 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour the exhibition galleries and discuss ways people have utilized the land in Lake County and been inspired by its natural beauty.
 

August 17, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Forest Fitness: Millennium Trail
Event details:
August 18, 2018
iStock_group_walk
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 

August 18, 2018 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event details:
August 18, 2018
GRWO02
9:00 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.
 

August 18, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
August 18, 2018
ALMA05
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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.
 

August 18, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
August 19, 2018
MCWO01
9:00 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.
 

August 19, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Kids Nature Funfest
Event details:
August 19, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor nature activities. Engage in fort building, insect netting, creative nature art, exploration, crafts and live animals. Fun for the whole family.
 

August 19, 2018 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Small Discoveries: Back to School
Event details:
August 22, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
It is time to start school! Come explore our one-room schoolhouse and look at objects, play games and make crafts.
 

August 22, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Senior Series: Reptiles and Amphibians
Event details:
August 22, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Discover the diversity of reptiles and amphibians living in Lake County during this indoor presentation. You will also have the opportunity to meet some our live education animals!
 

August 22, 2018 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Bess Bower Dunn Day
Event details:
August 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Celebrate Bess Bower Dunn’s birthday with free museum admission and special activities throughout the day.
 

August 23, 2018 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
 
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