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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 18, 2018
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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.
 

December 18, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 18, 2018
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

December 18, 2018 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 19, 2018
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

December 19, 2018 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Tinkering Through Time: Potawatomi Art
Event details:
December 19, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
From beadwork to pottery, learn about different Potawatomi art forms, then create your own work of art.
 

December 19, 2018 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
December 20, 2018
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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.
 

December 20, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial
Event details:
December 20, 2018
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
As the Illinois Bicentennial celebration comes to a close, hear Raupp Museum curator, Debbie Fandrei, discuss artifacts from the book 200 Objects That Made History in Lake and McHenry Counties. Then view a number of these artifacts on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery.
 

December 20, 2018 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Winter Solstice Walk and Campfire: FULL
Event details:
December 21, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us for a guided walk as we explore Ryerson Woods on the longest night of the year. End the evening around a cozy campfire roasting marshmallows.
 

December 21, 2018 (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 23, 2018
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1:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

December 23, 2018 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 26, 2018
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

December 26, 2018 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
December 27, 2018
OLSC04
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.
 

December 27, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 27, 2018
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

December 27, 2018 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Museum Family Crafts
Event details:
December 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend your winter break creating free winter-themed crafts.
 

December 28, 2018 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Settlement of Lake County
Event details:
December 28, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Intrigued by how Lake County came to be? Tour the exhibition galleries to hear stories of our county’s early history and those who settled here.
 

December 28, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Heron Creek
Event details:
December 29, 2018
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.
 

December 29, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
December 30, 2018
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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.
 

December 30, 2018 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 30, 2018
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

December 30, 2018 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 02, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 02, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
January 03, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for all ages.
 

January 03, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
New Year's Celebration
Event details:
January 03, 2019
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Through crafts and activities, learn how people around the world celebrate the start of the new year.
 

January 03, 2019 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Museum Curiosity Stations
Event details:
January 04, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899. W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Rotate through the exhibition galleries to experience a variety of hands-on activities. There will be fossils to touch, crafts to make and games to play.
 

January 04, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Independence Grove
Event details:
January 05, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Enjoy a quiet winter morning on this guided walk. Discover whether the lake is frozen or if we have enough snow to track winter-active animals.
 

January 05, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Hikin' Tykes: Shapes in Nature
Event details:
January 08, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschoolers will enjoy a nature-based story, hands-on activities, craft, and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 

January 08, 2019 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 08, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 08, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Dunn Museum
Event details:
January 09, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of the exhibition galleries.
 

January 09, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 09, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 09, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Connecting Kids with Nature
Event details:
January 10, 2019
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Connect your kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn about the benefits of nature play.
 

January 10, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:45 AM)
Astronomy Program
Event details:
January 11, 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.
 

January 11, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
January 12, 2019
ROSA13
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.
 

January 12, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 15, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 15, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Small Discoveries: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Event details:
January 16, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Look at all the different transportation options in Lake County. Help your little one learn how to make a boat float and a train move!
 

January 16, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 16, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 16, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Animals in Winter
Event details:
January 17, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where are all the animals? Come learn about Lake County animals, how they've adapted to survive in the cold and the best ways to view them in winter.
 

January 17, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
January 21, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for all ages.
 

January 21, 2019 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 22, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 22, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 23, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 23, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Tinkering Through Time: Printing Press
Event details:
January 23, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
How does a printing press work? How were they used in Illinois? Find out the answers to these questions and practice making different prints.
 

January 23, 2019 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Dunn Museum
Event details:
January 24, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of the exhibition galleries.
 

January 24, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Meet the Author: Marlene Brill - Diary of a Drummer Boy
Event details:
January 26, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Explore the life of Civil War drummer boy, Orion Howe, of Waukegan, with author Marlene Brill as she reads from her children’s book. Following the reading, there will be crafts, activities and a book signing.
 

January 26, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Meet the Author: David Powell
Event details:
January 26, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Author David Powell speaks about the experience of Lake County soldiers in the 96th Infantry at Horseshoe Ridge, Chickamauga, during the American Civil War. Me. Powell is the author of "The Maps of Chickamauga" (2009), among many other titles.
 

January 26, 2019 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 29, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 29, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 30, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
 

January 30, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Phenology and Photography
Event details:
February 02, 2019
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7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Outdoor workshop combines a staff naturalist’s insight with technical tips from a professional photographer.
 

February 02, 2019 (7:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Ray Lake
Event details:
February 02, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
As winter is winding down, get outside and join us on a guided walk to discover the variety of habitats found at this preserve.
 

February 02, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Event details:
February 05, 2019
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Come celebrate Adlai E. Stevenson II Day in Illinois! 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.
 

February 05, 2019 (12:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Homeschool Companion: Potawatomi Lifeways
Event details:
February 06, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Learn about the daily lives of Native people in the area in the early 19th century, the impact of the 1833 Treaty of Chicago, and the continuance of Native cultures today.
 

February 06, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Lunchtime Tours: African American History Makers
Event details:
February 06, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Learn about African American historymakers from Lake County such as Amos Bennett, the first African American settler, the Golden Thirteen Navy divers, and James Brister, the first African American dentist in Lake County.
 

February 06, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
February 07, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for all ages.
 

February 07, 2019 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
How Coyote Was the Moon
Event details:
February 07, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Come read the story "How Coyote Was the Moon" and learn why coyotes have been portrayed as wily tricksters in the past and present. Then touch coyote fur and learn why they are very “talkative” during the winter months.
 

February 07, 2019 (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)
Astronomy Program
Event details:
February 08, 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.
 

February 08, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
February 09, 2019
ROSA13
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.
 

February 09, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hikin' Tykes: Voles
Event details:
February 12, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschoolers will enjoy a nature-based story, hands-on activities, craft, and outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 

February 12, 2019 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
History Hacked: Lincoln's Lantern
Event details:
February 12, 2019
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us on Lincoln’s birthday to learn about an object in the Dunn Museum collections that was once owned by Lincoln, his connections to Lake County and Lake County’s role in the Civil War.
 

February 12, 2019 (11:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Small Discoveries: Mittens
Event details:
February 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Have fun matching, sorting and reading about all types of mittens.
 

February 13, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Connecting Kids with Nature
Event details:
February 14, 2019
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Connect your kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn about the benefits of nature play.
 

February 14, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:45 AM)
 
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