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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 18, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 18, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Early Settlers
Event details:
June 18, 2019 - June 20, 2019
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler to Lake County. Through crafts, activities and exploration learn how people made the big move west, started farms, set up homes, and lived every day.
 

June 18, 2019 - June 20, 2019 (9:00 AM - 2:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 18, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 18, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Concerts in the Plaza: De Hurricane Reggae Band
Event details:
June 18, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

June 18, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
From Seed to Sprout - Dig If You Will
Event details:
June 19, 2019
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the history of Bonner Farm and early settlers to Lake County through a tour of the site and hands-on activities.
 

June 19, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 19, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 19, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Senior Series: Early Summer Wildflowers
Event details:
June 19, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
The palette of wildflowers changes throughout the summer. Join us as we enjoy the splendor of these beauties.
 

June 19, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
June 20, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 20, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
The Writing Life with Russell Lissau
Event details:
June 20, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Critically acclaimed comic book scribe Russell Lissau, (The Batman Strikes, Old Wounds), will reveal where he gets ideas for stories and how he turns them into comic books.
 

June 20, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
June 21, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
June 21, 2019
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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.
 

June 21, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Lakes and Resorts
Event details:
June 21, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Learn about the historic resorts and summertime activities that drew people to Lake County in the early 20th century.
 

June 21, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
June 21, 2019
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

June 21, 2019 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
June 22, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 22, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 23, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 23, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Pint-Sized Farmers
Event details:
June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Discover how food makes its way from the farm to the dinner table and the importance of farms. Pint-sized farmers will plant, water, harvest, and package the homegrown food from Bonner’s organic garden and explore what it means to be a modern-day farmer.
 

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019
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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.
 

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs - FULL
Event details:
June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and invaders (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants.
 

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hummingbirds
Event details:
June 24, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Observe these amazing birds as you learn about their life history and how to make a hummingbird-friendly yard.
 

June 24, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 25, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 25, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Little Explorers
Event details:
June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe.
 

June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Turtle Telemetry
Event details:
June 25, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the state endangered Blanding’s turtle and our Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Program. Walk in the “boots of a biologist” and test out some of the equipment we use to find and evaluate turtles.
 

June 25, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 25, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 25, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Concerts in the Plaza: Rockin’ Fenderskirts
Event details:
June 25, 2019
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

June 25, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 26, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 26, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Invertebrate Adventure
Event details:
June 26, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop in to discover the diversity of life in our preserves while collecting insects. This hands-on program will give you an up-close look at our six- and eight-legged neighbors.
 

June 26, 2019 (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
CANCELLED
June 27, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 27, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
CANCELLED 
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 27, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 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.
 

June 27, 2019 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Nature Open House
Event details:
June 27, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Live animals, crafts and guided activities will introduce you to some of the creatures that call this preserve home.
 

June 27, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
June 28, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
June 28, 2019
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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.
 

June 28, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
June 29, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 29, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Fireflies by Firelight
Event details:
June 29, 2019
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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join us for a fun-filled evening learning about these fascinating insects and how to make your yard an oasis for them.
 

June 29, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
June 30, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 30, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 30, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

June 30, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Pop Up Paddle: Kayak
Event details:
July 01, 2019
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore from a solo kayak. Watch for wildlife and learn about aquatic plants. Brief paddle instruction provided.
 

July 01, 2019 (9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 02, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Drop in a line and see if the fish are biting. We’ll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 02, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Concerts in the Plaza: The Chicago Skyliners Big Band
Event details:
July 02, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

July 02, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Bees and Other Pollinators
Event details:
July 03, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Visit a touch table to discover the important role bees and other pollinators play in our environment, make a craft, and complete a pollinator scavenger hunt.
 

July 03, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Family Fishing
Event details:
July 05, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Drop in a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 

July 05, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
July 05, 2019
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 05, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Greenbelt
Event details:
July 06, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Take a walk around Greenbelt Forest Preserve and enjoy the wetland and woodlands in their summer beauty.
 

July 06, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 08, 2019 - July 12, 2019
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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 08, 2019 - July 12, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Canoeing in Nature
Event details:
July 09, 2019 - July 11, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will develop paddling skills and explore nature through on-water science activities. Conditions permitting, the final day is spent paddling the Des Plaines River.
Alternate paddle location for the final day may be Hastings Lake (Lake Villa).
 

July 09, 2019 - July 11, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Singing Insects
Event details:
July 09, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the insects that make up our summer chorus, then head into the field to observe them in action.
 

July 09, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Earth and family-friendly vegetable gardening
Event details:
July 09, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned grower, learn research-based methods to improve your outcomes.
 

July 09, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Concerts in the Plaza: Adam Ezra Group
Event details:
July 09, 2019
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

July 09, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Bonner Heritage Farm Tour
Event details:
July 10, 2019
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

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

July 10, 2019 (1:00 PM - 1:30 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 11, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 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.
 

July 11, 2019 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Pen to Page: Comic Book Drawing Class
Event details:
July 11, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
In this class led by artist Tim Seeley, you’ll learn tools and techniques to create and draw your own comic books.
 

July 11, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
July 12, 2019
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 12, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Astronomy Program
Event details:
July 12, 2019
astronomy
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Learn about outer space, the sky and the universe. Stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting. In partnership with Skokie Valley Astronomers.
 

July 12, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Civil War Days: Weekend Pass
Event details:
July 13, 2019 - July 14, 2019
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 

July 13, 2019 - July 14, 2019
BGI Volunteer Workday: Grassy Lake-Hurd property
Event details:
July 13, 2019
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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grassy Lake - Hurd property
23998 N. Kelsay rd
Barrington,IL
60010

Join our Barrington Greenway Initiative partners at a volunteer workday!

Work side-by-side with experienced volunteer stewards and staff from Citizens for Conservation, Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Lake County Forest Preserves.
 

July 13, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Civil War Days (Saturday)
Event details:
July 13, 2019
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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.
 

July 13, 2019 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Civil War Days (Sunday)
Event details:
July 14, 2019
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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 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs
Event details:
July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019
istock-garden-spider
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019
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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 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants - FULL
Event details:
July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and invaders (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants.
 

July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Insects at Night
Event details:
July 15, 2019
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Discover the diversity of insect life during this unique opportunity to explore the preserve after hours.
 

July 15, 2019 (8:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
Summer Camp: Little Explorers
Event details:
July 16, 2019 - July 18, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seek adventure in woodlands, wetlands and prairies with your little one. Use your senses to observe and discover the plants, animals and features that make these natural areas special. Free exploration and play will inspire a sense of wonder and awe.
 

July 16, 2019 - July 18, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Concerts in the Plaza: Mississippi Heat
Event details:
July 16, 2019
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

July 16, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Senior Series: Insects of Lake County
Event details:
July 17, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about the insects found in your backyard, their life cycles, and the differences between beneficial and detrimental insects.
 

July 17, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
From Seed to Sprout: How Does a Garden Grow?
Event details:
July 17, 2019
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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 17, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Birding Lake County
Event details:
July 18, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Start planning your fall birding excursions by joining Nan Buckardt as she discusses birding habitats and shares her favorite places to view birds each season.
 

July 18, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
July 19, 2019
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 19, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Wine and Nine
Event details:
July 19, 2019
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4:30 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 

July 19, 2019 4:30 PM
Pop Up Paddle: Kayak
Event details:
July 20, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Explore from a solo kayak. Watch for wildlife and learn about aquatic plants. Brief paddle instruction provided.
 

July 20, 2019 (3:30 PM - 5:30 PM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
July 20, 2019
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 20, 2019 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Summer Night Hike
Event details:
July 20, 2019
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Observe wildlife after the sun sets on this 1-mile guided hike that focuses on nocturnal animal adaptations and sounds.
 

July 20, 2019 (8:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
Grasslands of Lake County
Event details:
July 21, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Explore this unique ecosystem rich in biodiversity and discover the variety of plants and animals that call it home.
 

July 21, 2019 (8:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
Summer Camp: Lake County Time Travelers
Event details:
July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019
9:00 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.
 

July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Adaptation Adventures - FULL
Event details:
July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking.
 

July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
July 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019
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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 22, 2019 - July 26, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Frogs
Event details:
July 23, 2019
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.
 

July 23, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Concerts in the Plaza: Kaleidoscope Eyes
Event details:
July 23, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

July 23, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Bonner Heritage Farm Tour
Event details:
July 24, 2019
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

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

July 24, 2019 (1:00 PM - 1:30 PM)
Turtle Meet and Greet
Event details:
July 24, 2019
2:30 PM - 3:30 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.
 

July 24, 2019 (2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
July 25, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 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.
 

July 25, 2019 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Nature Open House
Event details:
July 25, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Live animals, crafts and guided activities will introduce you to some of the creatures that call this preserve home.
 

July 25, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
July 26, 2019
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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 26, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event details:
July 26, 2019
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 

July 26, 2019 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Aquatic Plants and Animals
Event details:
July 27, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Get close to aquatic plants and animals while paddling. Brief paddle instruction provided.
 

July 27, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Gospelfest
Event details:
July 28, 2019
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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 28, 2019 (3:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants - FULL
Event details:
July 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will take an in-depth look at the wonders of the plant world through interactive exploration of trees, flowers, grasses, aquatic plants, and invaders (non-native plants). Activities include netting for field and aquatic insects and removal of invasive plants.
 

July 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs - FULL
Event details:
July 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will search prairies, forests and wetlands in search of invertebrates (animals without backbones). They will gain a better understanding of the invertebrates of Lake County and what makes them so special.
 

July 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
July 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019
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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 29, 2019 - August 02, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Twilight HIke
Event details:
July 29, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stroll through a beautiful marsh as day fades to night.
 

July 29, 2019 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Object Talks: Magniscope
Event details:
July 30, 2019
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Is Lake County the birth place of the motion picture projector? Yes! Discover the role of the magniscope in early motion pictures and how its inventor Edward Amet used his machine to show movies he created in his backyard.
 

July 30, 2019 (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Concerts in the Plaza: The North 41
Event details:
July 30, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

July 30, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
I Spy Hike
Event details:
July 31, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
How many hidden animals can you spy on this guided camouflage walk? Join us and test your observation skills.
 

July 31, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
From Seed to Sprout: Watching it Grow
Event details:
July 31, 2019
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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 test our skills with games.
 

July 31, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
August 02, 2019
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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 02, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Marl Flat
Event details:
August 03, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Join us for a walk on the Millennium trail as we pass through the wetlands and woodlands of Marl Flat.
 

August 03, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
On-Water Scavenger Hunt
Event details:
August 03, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Fuel your sense of adventure and learn about lake ecology while you search for clues about life around the lake.
 

August 03, 2019 (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
On-Water Scavenger Hunt
Event details:
August 03, 2019
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fuel your sense of adventure and learn about lake ecology while you search for clues about life around the lake.
 

August 03, 2019 (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Summer Camp: Adaptation Adventures -FULL
Event details:
August 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Campers will learn about adaptations of animals and plants in various ecosystems while engaging in team-building, hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming and biking.
 

August 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
August 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019
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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 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Art Around Us- FULL
Event details:
August 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Express your artistic side by creating your own works of art while discovering different artists from Lake County. We’ll paint, sculpt, and practice different artist techniques.
 

August 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
Concerts in the Plaza: Rico
Event details:
August 06, 2019
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
These live outdoor musical performances begin at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening, from June 18–August 6, at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
 

August 06, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
From Seed to Sprout: And Field to Fork
Event details:
August 07, 2019
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about farming and food beneficial to our health and planet, as we work in our garden and check on our plants.
 

August 07, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
August 08, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 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.
 

August 08, 2019 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Wine and Nine
Event details:
August 09, 2019
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4:30 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 

August 09, 2019 4:30 PM
Astronomy Program
Event details:
August 09, 2019
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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Learn about outer space, the sky and the universe. Stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting. In partnership with Skokie Valley Astronomers.
 

August 09, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Meet the Authors of Marvelocity: Alex Ross and Chip Kidd
Event details:
August 10, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
In their book "Marvelocity," Alex Ross and Chip Kidd bring to life beloved Marvel Universe comic characters, including Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Avengers, Black Panther and many more. They tell the stories of the superheroes that live in this universe, and that of a boy who wanted to illustrate them. Meet both authors at this unique book signing.
 

August 10, 2019 (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Small Discoveries: Old Fashioned Picnic
Event details:
August 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Enjoy an old-fashioned picnic by playing outdoor games, making ice cream and learning about Victorian picnics.
 

August 13, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Monarch Butterflies
Event details:
August 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover the secret lives of monarchs through hands-on activities and a guided walk.
 

August 14, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Lunchtime Tours: Marvelocity
Event details:
August 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Get a closer look at the exhibition Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross on this 30-minute guided tour.
 

August 14, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Harvesting with Respect
Event details:
August 15, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Skip Twodoors teaches how Native people treat the natural world. Learn of traditions and ways of paying respect to plants, animals and Mother Earth, as taught by the elders.
 

August 15, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Full Moon Hike
Event details:
August 15, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
This is a rare opportunity to explore nature after dark. Walk the 2.2-mile trail as the sun sets and the full moon rises.
 

August 15, 2019 (7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)
Fred Fest: A fundraiser for the Forest Preserves
Event details:
August 17, 2019
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
This family-friendly event features five live bands and activities for kids. Net proceeds benefit
the Preservation Foundation.
 

August 17, 2019 (12:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
August 17, 2019
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.
 

August 17, 2019 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
 
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