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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.  

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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.  

Thank you to ComEd, our 2018 STEM Education Partner!

ComEd’s $20,000 grant allowed the Forest Preserves to hire an additional staff member in our education department—the ComEd Science Instructor—to expand our capacity to serve Lake County youth in 2018.

Nearly all of our education programs support Illinois Learning Standards in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Katie Frankel, the 2018 ComEd Science Instructor, delivered 86 program and served more than 2,000 students and teachers through in-school and field trip programs. She also served as program assistant for Science Explorers in Nature, a four-week summer science immersion program for underserved middle-school students.

In 2018, the Forest Preserves education department provided STEM-based programming to more than 20,100 participants. Partnerships like these are critical to our educational mission, and we are grateful to ComEd for extending our capacity to serve!

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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

17
Feb

Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Walk

February 17, 2019 (08:00 AM - 09:30 AM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Join us for a winter bird walk in search of our winter resident birds. All sightings will be entered into the the Great Backyard Bird Count data base.
 
17
Feb

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 17, 2019 (11:30 AM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:11:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Stop by the Ryerson Woods Welcome Center to help us gather important data about our local bird populations.
 
17
Feb

Profiles in Excellence: Power of Words

February 17, 2019 (02:00 PM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Join us for an inspiring afternoon in honor of Black History at the 36th annual Profiles in Excellence event.
 
18
Feb

Playdate with Nature

February 18, 2019 (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for all ages.
 
20
Feb

Tinkering Through Time: Discovering Dinosaurs

February 20, 2019 (03:30 PM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Test your paleontology skills by examining fossils and casts and learning about a variety of dinosaurs that lived in our area.
 
21
Feb

Behind the Scenes Tour

February 21, 2019 (06:00 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Take a rare peek at our collections care and storage facility. Guided by our collections staff, experience an in-depth tour focused on unique objects in our collection.
 
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Feb
 
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Time:12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, 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.
 
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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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