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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

1
Apr

Self-Guided Program-Trivia Trails HERON CREEK

April 01, 2021-April 30, 2021 (06:30 AM - 06:00 PM)
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Time:06:30 AM - 06:00 PM

You may be walking the trails anyway so why not learn a little bit while you're there? Or 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.
Answers available on-site after the final trivia sign or found at www.LCFPD.org/resources
 
17
Apr

Virtual Program-Native Plant Landscaping

April 17, 2021 (09:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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.
 
18
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Earth Day Every Day

April 18, 2021 (01:00 PM - 02:00 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” - Wendell Berry
Start Earth Week off right! Join in virtually to learn some interesting facts about Earth Day as we explore ways to celebrate our planet each and every day.
 
19
Apr
 
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Head outdoors to a nearby woodland or your own back yard. Let's go exploring to see what interesting treasures nature will reveal to us at this time of year. Share your finds virtually from a smart phone or tablet. Or watch from home, get inspired, then head outdoors for your own adventure.
 
20
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Nocturnal Animals

April 20, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Whooo is calling in the night? Come discover which nocturnal animals call Lake County home and how to catch a glimpse of these often mysterious creatures in this FREE program in honor of Earth week!
 
21
Apr
 
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hear the Great Depression era story of a young, untried Waukegan artist, Reima Victor Ratti. This presentation will share details of the artist's days in the CCC and his artistic inspirations. We will also take a closer look at his artwork from the Dunn Museum's collection
 
21
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Frogs of Lake County

April 21, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Join us virtually to learn about the lifecycle and different species of frogs that call Lake County home during this FREE program in honor of Earth week!
 
22
Apr
 
Event's details

Time:06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Whether you are new to native gardening or a seasoned veteran, these interactive monthly Zoom presentations cover a variety of topics about native plants and how to use them in your home landscapes.
 
22
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Bird Watching Basics

April 22, 2021 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

We'll share tips, equipment needs and tactics to get started in bird watching.
 
23
Apr

Virtual Earth Week-Wetlands

April 23, 2021 (04:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
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Event's details

Time:04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Join us for a virtual exploration of the wetlands at Rollins Savanna. Discover some of the plants and animals that can be found there. Learn why wetlands are important and what you can do to help.
 

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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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