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In addition to our award-winning facilities and preserves, we also offer many programs and events throughout the year. Check the calendar to browse upcoming events and register online.

For program updates outside of normal business hours, call 847-968-3113.

Connect with Nature

You’d be amazed at what a one-hour walk with one of our skilled and friendly naturalists will do for you. You’ll see the woods through new eyes after joining one of our fun and casual programs. The wild places we explore are stunning: this isn’t the Lake County you see from the highway. Treat yourself to wildflowers, maple syruping, bird songs and more.

When attending outdoor events, proper dress will help to make your outing enjoyable. Comfortable shoes or boots that keep your feet warm and dry are a must. Always dress for the weather.

School and Scout Programs

Outstanding schools are one reason many people live in Lake County, and forest preserves enhance their fine work. We bring both nature and history alive year-round through exceptional programs and facilities.

Field trips, after school programs, scout tours, classroom presentations and family outings offer myriad ways for your kids to learn. Fun and adventure are emphasized through hands-on experiences.  

History Education

Field trips to the Dunn Museum in Libertyville provide school and scout groups interactive programs that encourage group work and critical thinking. School field trips are available for ages 4–grade 8. If your classroom can’t make the trip to the Dunn Museum, our education staff can come to your school. Our in-school programs and educators are packed and ready to travel. School field trips and in-school programs are designed to address Illinois Learning Standards and can be customized to fit your needs. Email or call Nicole Stocker at 847-968-3422 to book a school field trip or in-school program. 

Senior Programs

Our educators offer a variety of fun and informative programs for seniors, including nature or history themed presentations and seasonal Habitat Walks in preserves across the county. In addition, senior groups can assemble for guided tours at special facilities of interest including Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home and Ryerson Woods. At the Dunn Museum, daily admission for seniors is just $3.

If you belong to a senior group and want to learn more, call Eileen at 847-968-3371 or send her an email.  

Testimonials

"This is our first time to this event and I think it's great. We were playing in the mud before, and there were no rules and no instructions. The kids had a blast."

Kimberlee Frost
Parent

EVENTS

16
Aug
 
Event's details

Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Join our Wildlife Biologist, Gary Glowacki as he discusses the use of innovative conservation strategies to bolster our local populations of this globally imperiled species.
 
17
Aug

Lunchtime Tours: People and Nature

August 17, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
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Event's details

Time:12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Tour the exhibition galleries and discuss ways people have utilized the land in Lake County and been inspired by its natural beauty.
 
19
Aug

Kids Nature Funfest

August 19, 2018 (01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor nature activities. Engage in fort building, insect netting, creative nature art, exploration, crafts and live animals. Fun for the whole family.
 
19
Aug

Guided Hike Lake County

August 19, 2018 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Event's details

Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
22
Aug

Small Discoveries: Back to School

August 22, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Event's details

Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

It is time to start school! Come explore our one-room schoolhouse and look at objects, play games and make crafts.
 
22
Aug

Senior Series: Reptiles and Amphibians

August 22, 2018 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Event's details

Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Discover the diversity of reptiles and amphibians living in Lake County during this indoor presentation. You will also have the opportunity to meet some our live education animals!
 
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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA)

Need special accommodations? If you have a disability or require certain accommodations in order to observe or attend our meetings, programs or events, or have questions regarding accessibility of our facilities, please email or call our Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator at 847-968-3214.


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