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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. 

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, 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

1
Apr

Comic Book Cover Contest

April 01, 2019-June 01, 2019 (08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Draw or paint your own original comic book cover. Be inspired by your favorite characters or create a cover of your own. Submit your cover art to the Dunn Museum by June 1, for a chance to win a guided tour of the Marvelocity exhibition with comic book artist, Alex Ross!
 
24
Apr

Senior Series: Native Plant Landscaping

April 24, 2019 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Native plants provide homes and food for our native wildlife, and natural beauty to our home landscapes. Join us to learn more about how to bring native plants into your garden.
 
25
Apr

Earth Week: Buckthorn Busters

April 25, 2019 (12:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Grab your work gloves and drop in to help improve habitat health.
 
25
Apr

Earth Week-Salamander Storytime

April 25, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Meet a live salamander, participate in an interactive story, and hike on the trail in search of local salamander species.
 
26
Apr

Lunchtime Tours: Foodways

April 26, 2019 (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


Discover the many ways people have produced, prepared and consumed food in Lake County.
 
26
Apr

Earth Week: Amazing Race Letterboxing

April 26, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Bring the family and go on an amazing race adventure by following letterbox clues while learning more about Lake County plants & animals. The walk will be approximately 0.5 mile.
 
27
Apr

Earth Week: Shoreline Stewards

April 27, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Make a big impact by becoming a shoreline steward! Learn about watersheds and then complete a shoreline cleanup. Get a group together and come out! The Earth appreciates your efforts.
 
27
Apr

Rx for Health: Walking in Nature

April 27, 2019 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join a health professional and an environmental educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 
28
Apr

Spring Bird Walk: Old School

April 28, 2019 (07:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
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Time:07:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Join a skilled birder. Bring binoculars if you have them.
 
28
Apr

Woodland Wildflowers and Wildlife

April 28, 2019 (02:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Our woodlands are a complex system of relationships between the plants and animals that live there. Join us as we take an in-depth look at the connections between our native wildflowers and trees, and the animals that rely on them.
 
28
Apr

Earth Week: Amphibian Amble

April 28, 2019 (06:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Spring is here! Join us for an evening walk to search for frogs and salamanders. Learn why these amphibians are an indicator species and what they tell us about our local watershed.
 

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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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