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ALL IN-PERSON PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED. VIRTUAL PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE.


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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.

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.  

School Programs     Scout Programs

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. 

Public Programs

Programming for adults, children and families includes hands-on workshops, storytelling, guided tours, lectures and seasonal events. Check our calendar for available programs. On the first and third Thursdays of every month, admission, and educational programs for adults and families are offered for free after 5 pm, through a donation by USG.

Public Programs

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!

We would like to thank ComEd for their ongoing support as the Forest Preserves STEM education partner. ComEd’s most recent grant of $20,000 was used to expand the capacity of the education team by enabling us to hire a ComEd Science Instructor for 2019 and purchase of a classroom set of tablet computers.

The tablet computers will be incorporated into the Science Explorers in Nature and Conservation Explorers programs and will assist program participants in research, allowing them to capture and analyze data in the field. 

Partnerships like these are critical to our education mission, and we are grateful to ComEd for extending our capacity to serve Lake County youth.

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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

Thank you so much for the awesome virtual field trip on plants! The students were so excited and they are actually looking forward to doing their ‘homework.’ It was so nice to have a real live person teaching them about plants.

Susan F.
Second Grade Teacher

EVENTS

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Sep

Virtual Program-Senior Series Oak Woodlands

September 30, 2020 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Beautiful oak woodlands define the unique natural landscape of Lake County. Join us to learn the important role oaks play in healthy woodlands and how we are working to ensure their long-term survival.
 
30
Sep

Virtual Program-Ask an Educator LIVE

September 30, 2020 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

This biweekly Q&A series features a panel of educators and guest panelists excited to share their expertise about Lake County nature and history. Join us live via Zoom or Facebook every other Wednesday for a new topic about the amazing history, creatures and places that make our county special.
 
1
Oct
 
Event's details

Time:07:00 AM

You may be walking the trails anyway so why not learn a little bit while you're there? Perhaps this will be a new trail for you. Signs with trivia questions ranging from history, natural history and site-specific information will be placed along a designated trail for the entire month.
The final sign will provide information on where to find the answers.
 
1
Oct
 
Event's details

Time:05:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Prepare to be amazed! Many animals have unique adaptations, including warning colors, that help them survive. Join us for a virtual program where the focus is on Lake County animals but also will include others from across the globe.
 
3
Oct

Virtual Program-Discovering Dinosaurs

October 03, 2020 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Event's details

Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Spend an hour engaging with a museum educator learning about dinosaur characteristics, dinosaurs that lived in Lake County and creating your own dinosaur.
 
3
Oct

Virtual Program-Dinosaurs Scout Badge

October 03, 2020 (11:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Learn about the job of a Paleontologist and what makes an animal a dinosaur in this "Council's Own" Try-It badge, designed by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana council, with other scouts!
 
3
Oct

Virtual Program-Historic Fort Sheridan

October 03, 2020 (02:00 PM - 03:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Learn the history and unique stories of Fort Sheridan in this presentation that draws from the Dunn Museum’s archives. Topics include the founding of Fort Sheridan, its distinctive architecture, notable residents, and ways visitors can interact with the Fort today as one of Lake County’s many Forest Preserves.
 
4
Oct

OAKtober Native Tree and Shrub Sale

October 04, 2020 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Fall is the perfect time to plant native trees and shrubs. Preorder from over 24 different species.
 

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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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