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Camp: Wetland Explorers
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 
Camp: Animal Attire
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
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.
 
Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
Skulls
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
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09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals.
 
Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.
 
Camp: Wetland Explorers
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 
Camp: Animal Attire
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
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.
 
Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
Skulls
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals.
 
Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.
 
Summer Concerts
Event's details
July 31, 2018
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07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 
Camp: Wetland Explorers
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 
Camp: Animal Attire
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
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.
 
Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
Skulls
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals.
 
Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.
 
Camp: Wetland Explorers
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 
Camp: Animal Attire
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
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.
 
Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
Skulls
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals.
 
Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.
 
Museum Family Crafts
Event's details
August 02, 2018
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Join us in our North Shore Gas Education Classroom to make crafts centered around nature.
 
Camp: Wetland Explorers
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers will learn the importance of water to our world's survival by becoming a wetland explorer for the week. We will wade through wetlands, finding plants and animals that call these habitats home.
 
Camp: Animal Attire
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
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.
 
Camp: Skulls, Scat and Tracks
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
Skulls
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Campers become detectives with keen observation skills, deciphering the clues that animals leave behind. They’ll go on exploratory hikes, dissect owl pellets, shape skulls from sculpting
material, identify animals by their scat and solve mysteries using tracking skills.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Camp: Wildlife in Motion
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This camp guides adults in a unique outdoor experience with their young ones. Each day highlights a different way animals move. Fly, crawl, hop, swim and slither together through hands-on nature activities, exploration, stories, crafts and interaction with live animals.
 
Camp: Art in your Backyard
Event's details
July 30, 2018-August 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Grow your art skills with projects like observational drawing, fabric dyeing, creating story stones, making paper and more.
 
Family Fun Friday: Pirate Day
Event's details
August 03, 2018
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11:30 AM - 02:00 PM
The beach at Independence Grove gets better Friday afternoons with games, contests and prizes around a different theme each week.
 
Forest Fitness: Sun Lake
Event's details
August 04, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Walk with a Naturalist
Event's details
August 04, 2018
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Discover the diversity of plant and animal life on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 
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Camp: Preserve Explorers
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 
Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Camp: Preserve Explorers
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 
Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Summer Concerts
Event's details
August 07, 2018
Morry_Sochat_and_the_Special_20s
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Events in the Plaza is Independence Grove's outdoor summer concert series featuring live music. Performances are held Tuesday evenings from June 12- August 7 (excluding July 3).
 
Camp: Preserve Explorers
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 
Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Lunchtime Tours
Event's details
August 08, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Tour the exhibition galleries and discuss ways people have utilized the land in Lake County and been inspired by its natural beauty.
 
Camp: Preserve Explorers
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 
Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Fishing
Event's details
August 09, 2018
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. We'll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 
Camp: Preserve Explorers
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers are introduced to a range of opportunities in the Forest Preserves and will develop life skills through daily team-building activities. They'll assist with land stewardship, try paddle boarding, explore waterways and observe wildlife, meet Ranger Police, golf, kayak, bike, find geocaches, swim and fish.
 
Camp: Outdoor Adventures
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Campers will bike, hike, kayak, swim, and do team building activities while learning about the amazing habitats of Lake County.
 
Camp: Fishing Camp
Event's details
August 06, 2018-August 10, 2018
CAMP-FISH-20100812-029
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the basic skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them. Each day includes a fishing session. All equipment is supplied.
 
Wine and Nine
Event's details
August 10, 2018
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04:00 PM
Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 
Skokie Valley Astronomers
Event's details
August 10, 2018
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08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Join the Skokie Valley Astronomers at Ryerson Woods on the second Friday of each month. Learn about outer space, the sky and the universe. Stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting.
 
Forest Fitness: Middlefork Savanna
Event's details
August 11, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Restoration Workday: Spring Bluff
Event's details
August 11, 2018
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09:00 AM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
Event's details
August 11, 2018
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09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Aquatic Plant ID
Event's details
August 12, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn about some of the fascinating plants growing in aquatic ecosystems while paddling a canoe.
 
Symbols of Illinois
Event's details
August 12, 2018
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial (1818–2018) by learning about state symbols. Each program in this 10-part series teaches about the origin and natural history of the state symbols, and may also include a brief walk.
 
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History Cafe
Event's details
August 14, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Enjoy an afternoon discussing one of the most fascinating inventors from Lake County, Edward Amet. Learn about his history, legacy, and why he is not well-known today.
 
From Seed to Sprout
Event's details
August 15, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
How does food get from the farm to our tables today? Learn about farming equipment and about food beneficial to our health and our planet, as we work in our garden and check on our plants.
 
Stevenson Home Public Tours
Event's details
August 16, 2018
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 
Blanding's Turtle
Event's details
August 16, 2018
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Join our Wildlife Biologist, Gary Glowacki as he discusses the use of innovative conservation strategies to bolster our local populations of this globally imperiled species.
 
Lunchtime Tours
Event's details
August 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Tour the exhibition galleries and discuss ways people have utilized the land in Lake County and been inspired by its natural beauty.
 
Forest Fitness: Millennium Trail
Event's details
August 18, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event's details
August 18, 2018
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09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves and join other volunteers to save some of Lake County's natural areas. Workdays are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, make new friends who share a concern for the preserves and make a meaningful contribution.
 
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Nature Funfest
Event's details
August 19, 2018
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor nature activities. Engage in fort building, insect netting, creative nature art, exploration, crafts and live animals. Fun for the whole family.
 
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Small Discoveries: Back to School
Event's details
August 22, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
It is time to start school! Come explore our one-room schoolhouse and look at objects, play games and make crafts.
 
Reptiles and Amphibians
Event's details
August 22, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Discover the diversity of reptiles and amphibians living in Lake County during this indoor presentation. You will also have the opportunity to meet some our live education animals!
 
Bess Bower Dunn Day
Event's details
August 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Celebrate Bess Bower Dunn’s birthday with free museum admission and special activities throughout the day.
 
Community Campfire Friday Nights
Event's details
August 24, 2018
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07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 
Forest Fitness: McDonald Woods
Event's details
August 25, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Rx for Health
Event's details
August 25, 2018
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.
 
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From Seed to Sprout
Event's details
August 29, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
How do the seasons of the year impact our food? Learn more about farm life in the 1800s and food preservation for the Bonner Family and for us today.
 
Stevenson Home Public Tours
Event's details
August 30, 2018
12:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Drop in to learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark, at your own pace.
 
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