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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

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Jun

Summer Camp: Pint-Sized Farmers - FULL

June 25, 2018-June 29, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Throw on overalls and step into the boots of a modern-day farmer. Discover how food makes its way from farm field to your kitchen table through hands-on exploration, activities, and games. We will plant, harvest, and taste homegrown food from Bonner's organic garden.
 
25
Jun

Summer Camp: Animal Attire - FULL

June 25, 2018-June 29, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fur, feathers, fins, scales and skin: they all help animals survive. Campers will discover how well adapted these animals' coverings are for survival in the field, forest and wetlands through hands-on exploration, nature activities and crafts.
 
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Jun
 
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Discover the benefits of using native plants to create habitat for local birds and butterflies. Plant selection and identification, habitat requirements and maintenance will be discussed.
 
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Jun

Community Campfire Friday Nights

June 29, 2018 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 
30
Jun

Rookery Watch

June 30, 2018 (08:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 

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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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