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Virtual Program-Native Plant Landscaping
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April 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Native plants provide homes and food for our native wildlife, and natural beauty to our home landscapes. Join us to learn more about how to bring native plants into your garden.
 

April 17, 2021 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
Virtual Earth Week-Earth Day Every Day
Event details:
April 18, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
“The Earth is what we all have in common.” - Wendell Berry
Start Earth Week off right! Join in virtually to learn some interesting facts about Earth Day as we explore ways to celebrate our planet each and every day.
 

April 18, 2021 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Virtual Earth Week-Nature Time for Families
Event details:
April 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Head outdoors to a nearby woodland or your own back yard. Let's go exploring to see what interesting treasures nature will reveal to us at this time of year. Share your finds virtually from a smart phone or tablet. Or watch from home, get inspired, then head outdoors for your own adventure.
 

April 19, 2021 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Virtual Earth Week-Nocturnal Animals
Event details:
April 20, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Whooo is calling in the night? Come discover which nocturnal animals call Lake County home and how to catch a glimpse of these often mysterious creatures in this FREE program in honor of Earth week!
 

April 20, 2021 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Great Depression Artist Reima Ratti
Event details:
April 21, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hear the Great Depression era story of a young, untried Waukegan artist, Reima Victor Ratti. This presentation will share details of the artist's days in the CCC and his artistic inspirations. We will also take a closer look at his artwork from the Dunn Museum's collection
 

April 21, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Virtual Earth Week-Frogs of Lake County
Event details:
April 21, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us virtually to learn about the lifecycle and different species of frogs that call Lake County home during this FREE program in honor of Earth week!
 

April 21, 2021 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Native Gardeners Club-Ready, Set, Grow
Event details:
April 22, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Whether you are new to native gardening or a seasoned veteran, these interactive monthly Zoom presentations cover a variety of topics about native plants and how to use them in your home landscapes.
 

April 22, 2021 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Virtual Earth Week-Bird Watching Basics
Event details:
April 22, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
We'll share tips, equipment needs and tactics to get started in bird watching.
 

April 22, 2021 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Virtual Earth Week-Wetlands
Event details:
April 23, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us for a virtual exploration of the wetlands at Rollins Savanna. Discover some of the plants and animals that can be found there. Learn why wetlands are important and what you can do to help.
 

April 23, 2021 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Virtual Earth Week-Evening Woodcock Walk
Event details:
April 24, 2021
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Join us virtually to observe the spectacular evening sky dance of the American woodcock. One of Lake County's spring wonders, learn about this peculiar looking bird and its marvelous tactics to win over a mate.
 

April 24, 2021 (7:15 PM - 8:30 PM)
Virtual Program-Lets Go Outside
Event details:
April 27, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab your nature kit and let’s head out to discover what interesting treasures nature will reveal. Let’s dig up some creatures for a close up look through a magnifier. We will see what we can shake loose to observe in our bug box and then we will make a nature journal to help us document and remember our nature treasures.
 

April 27, 2021 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Bird Walk and Listen
Event details:
April 29, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Join us virtually as we stroll through Captain Daniel Wright Woods and listen to the songs of the migrating birds using a directional microphone. We will share tips on how to learn and memorize their calls and easy ways to ID these birds.
 

April 29, 2021 (8:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
Virtual Program-Wildflower Walk
Event details:
May 01, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Take a virtual walk through our springtime woodlands and discover the fleeting beauty of our native wildflowers rushing to complete their life cycle before the trees shade the forest floor.
 

May 01, 2021 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Virtual Program-Salamander Saturday
Event details:
May 01, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tune in to discover the importance of salamanders and learn what makes them a keystone species.
 

May 01, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Bugs Scout Badge
Event details:
May 02, 2021
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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Join us as we learn about bugs that live in Lake County. Then see what their homes look like and why they live here. This program will cover badge requirements 1, 3, 4.
 

May 02, 2021 (10:00 AM - 10:45 AM)
Virtual Nature Club-Birding 101
Event details:
May 05, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Meet up after school virtually to learn about local nature with an experienced educator. Then put your knowledge to the test with "homework" that encourages you to explore these nature concepts in your backyard and beyond. New topic every month.
 

May 05, 2021 (3:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Bird Walk and Listen
Event details:
May 06, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Join us virtually as we stroll through Captain Daniel Wright Woods and listen to the songs of the migrating birds using a directional microphone. We will share tips on how to learn and memorize their calls and easy ways to ID these birds.
 

May 06, 2021 (8:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
Virtual Program-Butterfly Gardening
Event details:
May 06, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn about different species of butterflies in our area, and how gardeners can help foster these winged jewels. Discover what you can do to attract more butterflies to your landscape in this live Zoom presentation.
 

May 06, 2021 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Family Trivia Night
Event details:
May 06, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Gather your family to test your knowledge on Lake County, past and present, in a fun and educational trivia game. Your team will be quizzed on dinosaurs, historic people, the forest preserves, and more.
 

May 06, 2021 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Virtual Program-The African American Presence in Illinois, Lake County and the city of Zion
Event details:
May 08, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
In this lecture with College of Lake County Professor, Gregory Gordon, we will discuss the presence of African Americans in Illinois, Lake County and Zion from their early history to the present.
 

May 08, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Bird Walk and Listen
Event details:
May 12, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Join us virtually as we stroll through Ryerson Woods and listen to the songs of the migrating birds using a directional microphone. We will share tips on how to learn and memorize their calls and easy ways to ID these birds.
 

May 12, 2021 (8:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
Virtual Program-Ask an Educator LIVE-Rivers & Streams of Lake County
Event details:
May 12, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The rivers and streams of Lake County are full of rich natural history and provide unique opportunities for recreation. Join April Vaos, Environmental Educator and Paul Klonowski, Paddlesport Volunteer as they answer your river and stream questions LIVE.
 

May 12, 2021 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Virtual Program- Adventures in Nature
Event details:
May 13, 2021
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Let's head into nature and use our senses to discover, scents, patterns, sounds, tracks, scat, and more. Will our discoveries be similar to each other or totally different? Allow your young ones to guide the way. Discover the benefits of nature and the learning that takes place when we all take some time to connect with nature.
 

May 13, 2021 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Wildflowers of Ryerson Woods
Event details:
May 13, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
We'll stroll along the trails and take a close look at spring wildflowers.
 

May 13, 2021 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Virtual Program-Building the Erie Canal
Event details:
May 15, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join the Erie Canal Museum’s Educator, Derrick Pratt, for a look into the extraordinary waterway, the Erie Canal. Learn why and how it was built, what it accomplished, and what its status is today. The Erie Canal is considered to be one of the engineering marvels of its day. It helped transform a nation by providing a transportation link between the East and the West, and influenced the growth of the Great Lakes region.
 

May 15, 2021 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Civil War Stories from the Past
Event details:
May 15, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Engage with a Dunn Museum educator to hear stories from Lake County during the Civil War. You will learn about new technology used in the war, soldiers who risked their lives by going off to fight, and possible Underground Railroad locations.
 

May 15, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Author Talk-A Civil War Story of the 96th Illinois
Event details:
May 19, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Author and Dunn Museum curator, Diana Dretske, will discuss the lives of immigrant soldiers in the 96th Illinois, and how a photograph in the Museum’s collections inspired her new book, "The Bonds of War: A Story of Immigrants and Esprit de Corps in Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry," published by SIU Press.
 

May 19, 2021 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Bird Walk and Listen
Event details:
May 20, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Join us virtually as we stroll through Half Day Forest Preserve and listen to the songs of the migrating birds using a directional microphone. We will share tips on how to learn and memorize their calls and easy ways to ID these birds.
 

May 20, 2021 (8:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
Virtual Program-Nature's Underdogs-Shrews
Event details:
May 20, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Explore the mysterious world of creatures that live under our feet. Grab your lunch and join us as we learn about a tiny, ferocious carnivore: the shrew.
 

May 20, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Hiking in Lake County
Event details:
May 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Want to get out and hike but not sure where to start? Looking for a new place to walk? Come discover the many places to hike in your forest preserves, what to bring and programs to help you get out and enjoy the trails.
 

May 20, 2021 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Turtles of Lake County
Event details:
May 23, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Celebrate World Turtle Day and meet some of the turtles who call Lake County home. We'll learn what they need to survive and how you can help.
 

May 23, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Lets Go Outside
Event details:
May 25, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Grab your nature kit and let’s head out to discover what interesting treasures nature will reveal to us. Let’s dig up some creatures for a close-up look through a magnifier. We will see what we can shake loose to observe in our bug box and even create a nature journal to help us document and remember our nature treasures.
 

May 25, 2021 (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Virtual Program-Object Talk-Janice Christensen and the Wasps
Event details:
May 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Take a closer look at our Women in the Military Temporary Exhibit virtually. Spend the morning learning about Waukegan’s Janice Christensen and her time as a Women’s Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) during WWII.
 

May 26, 2021 (10:00 AM - 10:45 AM)
Virtual Program-Pond Invertebrates
Event details:
May 27, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
We'll collect and take a close look at pond critters.
 

May 27, 2021 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Virtual Program-Native Gardeners Club-Ready, Set, Grow
Event details:
May 27, 2021
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Whether you are new to native gardening or a seasoned veteran, these interactive monthly Zoom presentations cover a variety of topics about native plants and how to use them in your home landscapes.
 

May 27, 2021 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Virtual Nature Club-Reptiles & Amphibians
Event details:
June 02, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Meet up after school virtually to learn about local nature with an experienced educator. Then put your knowledge to the test with "homework" that encourages you to explore these nature concepts in your backyard and beyond. New topic every month.
 

June 02, 2021 (3:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
 
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