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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

On September 1, the Museum closed its doors at Lakewood Forest Preserve to begin the move to its new location in Libertyville. While the Museum is closed, learning will not stop. Our professional educators will continue to provide experience-based learning in the form of field trips and in-school programs for the 2016–2017 school year. Educators visit classrooms with artifacts and activities on a variety of local history topics. For details on school programs, email us or call 847-968-3422.

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, opening March 24, 2018, daily admission for seniors will be 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

20
Apr

Lunchtime Tours: Lake County Highlights

April 20, 2018 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Explore the highlights of the Dunn Museum on a 30 minute lunch break tour.
 
20
Apr

Earth Week: Guided Nature Paddle

April 20, 2018 (06:00 PM - 07:30 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Explore nature from a different perspective--on the water in a canoe. Brief on-land instruction is provided prior to launching the canoes. We'll paddle Independence Lake, highlighting its unique features and some of its inhabitants. No experience required but is recommended.
 
21
Apr

Rookery Watch: Welcome Back Herons

April 21, 2018 (08:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Celebrate the return of the great blue herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon Volunteers. Coffee, hot chocolate, and other treats available while supplies last.
 
22
Apr
 
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Time:01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Visit with our live education animals, and feel furs, feathers, and scales of local wildlife on our touch table.
 
22
Apr
 
Event's details

Time:01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Curious about Lake County history? Come explore the highlights of the Dunn Museum on a guided tour.
 
22
Apr
 
Event's details

Time:02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Explore the highlights of the Dunn Museum on a guided tour.
 
22
Apr
 
Event's details

Time:03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Libertyville, IL -60048


Explore the highlights of the Dunn Museum on a guided tour.
 

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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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