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Comic Book Cover Contest
Event details:
April 01, 2019 - June 01, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Draw or paint your own original comic book cover. Be inspired by your favorite characters or create a cover of your own. Submit your cover art to the Dunn Museum by June 1, for a chance to win a guided tour of the Marvelocity exhibition with comic book artist, Alex Ross!
 

April 01, 2019 - June 01, 2019 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
May 24, 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!
 

May 24, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours–Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross
Event details:
May 24, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Take a closer look at the exhibition Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, on this 30 minute tour.
 

May 24, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
May 25, 2019
MCWO01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

May 25, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
County Pop Con Pre-Party
Event details:
May 25, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Visit the Dunn Museum ahead of the County Pop Con at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake to show off your cosplay, tour the exhibition Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross and participate in superhero activities.
 

May 25, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
May 26, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

May 26, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
May 28, 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!
 

May 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
May 30, 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!
 

May 30, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
May 31, 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!
 

May 31, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Wine and Nine
Event details:
May 31, 2019
wine glass and two golf balls
4:30 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 

May 31, 2019 4:30 PM
Birdwatching Hot Spots
Event details:
June 01, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join us to look for waterfowl and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.
 

June 01, 2019 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
June 01, 2019
CUMA03
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 01, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
June 01, 2019
Volunteer-11
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 01, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson
Event details:
June 01, 2019
ERCA08
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 01, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Bonner
Event details:
June 01, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Stroll around this unique forest preserve and learn about its history from a Museum Educator while discovering the nature that surrounds it.
 

June 01, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
BGI Explore Series: Prairie Ephemerals & Grassland Birds
Event details:
June 01, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grigsby Prairie

Barrington,IL
60010

Join our Barrington Greenway Initiative partners on a guided hike!
 

June 01, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
June 01, 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 01, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Learn to throw with the atlatl–a prehistoric hunting tool
Event details:
June 01, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Celebrate World Atlatl Day! Test your aim and prehistoric hunting skills by learning how to throw with an atlatl.
 

June 01, 2019 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Learn to throw with the atlatl–a prehistoric hunting tool
Event details:
June 01, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Celebrate World Atlatl Day! Test your aim and prehistoric hunting skills by learning how to throw with an atlatl.
 

June 01, 2019 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Aquatic Lake County
Event details:
June 02, 2019
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Learn about aquatic life and how the presence or absence of these animals is used to assess water quality.
 

June 02, 2019 (8:00 AM - 9:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
June 02, 2019
Volunteer-11
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 02, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 02, 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 02, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 04, 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 04, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 04, 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 04, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Filling the Bubble
Event details:
June 04, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
In this writer’s workshop, led by comic book writer Rebecca Rothschild, authors will work on building writing techniques specific to the comic book medium.
 

June 04, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 05, 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 05, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Lakes and Resorts
Event details:
June 05, 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 05, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
June 06, 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 06, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Pajama Party Storytime: Salamanders
Event details:
June 06, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bundle the kids up in their jammies, and join us for a craft and story about salamanders.
 

June 06, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
June 07, 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 07, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf
Event details:
June 08, 2019
PRWO03
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 08, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson
Event details:
June 08, 2019
ERCA08
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 08, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
June 08, 2019
ROSA13
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 08, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods
Event details:
June 09, 2019
INGR04
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 09, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 09, 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 09, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Pondering Plants
Event details:
June 10, 2019 - June 14, 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 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Spiders, Slugs and Really Cool Bugs - FULL
Event details:
June 10, 2019 - June 14, 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 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp - FULL
Event details:
June 10, 2019 - June 14, 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 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 11, 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 11, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Little Explorers- FULL
Event details:
June 11, 2019 - June 13, 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 11, 2019 - June 13, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Bats
Event details:
June 11, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover the unique adaptations and many benefits of local bats through activities, touch table and a craft.
 

June 11, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 11, 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 11, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Pond Scooping
Event details:
June 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Put on your rain boots and join us at the pond to scoop for critters living under the water. We’ll learn how to identify what we catch and what you can do to keep their watery home healthy.
 

June 12, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
June 12, 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 12, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
June 13, 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 13, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Bluebird Hike
Event details:
June 13, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn about eastern bluebirds and what makes them a special species. Take a hike to view birds and the nest box homes we create for them.
 

June 13, 2019 (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
June 13, 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 13, 2019 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
June 14, 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 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Small Discoveries: Superheroes
Event details:
June 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Explore the world of comic books at the Marvelocity exhibit and help your little one become a superhero!
 

June 14, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Family Fun Friday: Independence Grove
Event details:
June 14, 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 14, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Wine and Nine
Event details:
June 14, 2019
wine glass and two golf balls
4:30 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 

June 14, 2019 4:30 PM
Astronomy Program
Event details:
June 14, 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.
 

June 14, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Birdwatching Hot Spots
Event details:
June 15, 2019
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join us to look for waterfowl and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.
 

June 15, 2019 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Fox River
Event details:
June 15, 2019
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 15, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event details:
June 15, 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 15, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
Event details:
June 15, 2019
ALMA05
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 15, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event details:
June 15, 2019
GRWO02
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 15, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
BGI Volunteer Workday: Cuba Marsh
Event details:
June 15, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cuba Marsh
24205 W Cuba Rd
Deer Park,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.
 

June 15, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
Event details:
June 15, 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.
 

June 15, 2019 (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
June 16, 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 16, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Summer Camp: Fishing Camp 2 - FULL
Event details:
June 17, 2019 - June 21, 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.
 

June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Summer Camp: Adaptation Adventures - FULL
Event details:
June 17, 2019 - June 21, 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.
 

June 17, 2019 - June 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
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
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 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
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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
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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:
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June 27, 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 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
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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 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
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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
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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 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
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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 12, 2019 (11:30 AM - 2:00 PM)
Astronomy Program
Event details:
July 12, 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.
 

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
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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 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
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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 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: 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)
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)
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)
 
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