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Fall Features
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September 30, 2018
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Identify unique features of the season, and explore the life cycles and important roles fungus, fruits and prairie flowers have in nature.
 
Tinkering Through Time
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September 30, 2018
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Come learn about life on the farm from early settlement to today, with hands-on activities and a visit to the garden!
 
Stevenson Home Public Tours
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September 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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September 30, 2018
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01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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September 30, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 02, 2018
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09:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 02, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 03, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Dinosaurs vs. Reptiles
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October 04, 2018
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Although dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, there is still confusion between reptiles and dinosaurs. Put on your dino shirt and come learn about what made dinosaurs so special, meet a live reptile and make a dinosaur craft to take home.
 
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Forest Fitness: Millennium Trail
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October 06, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Walk with a Naturalist
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October 06, 2018
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Enjoy the first flush of fall color at Wright Woods. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 
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Colossal Cup
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October 07, 2018
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10:00 AM
Countryside Golf Club
20800 W Hawley St,
Mundelein , IL , 60060

847-968-3466

Two-player teams compete for fun and prizes. The colossal cup size is double the standard cup so putts will sink with ease and your score will drop with it.
 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 07, 2018
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01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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October 07, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
Playdate with Nature
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October 08, 2018
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for children of all ages.
 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 09, 2018
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09:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 
Hikin' Tykes
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October 09, 2018
09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature-based story, hands-on activities, craft, and outdoor exploration (weather permitting) with your preschooler.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 09, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 10, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Tinkering Through Time
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October 10, 2018
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
What types of sounds do instruments make? Learn about instruments and sound vibrations by creating your own instrument.
 
Connecting Kids with Nature
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October 11, 2018
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Connect your kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn about the benefits of nature play.
 
Dunn Museum Teacher Open House
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October 11, 2018
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05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Learn about exciting programs and resources for your class, tour the exhibitions and take part in guided teacher training sessions with our education staff. Professional development credits available.
 
Astronomy Program
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October 12, 2018
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08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Learn about outer space, the sky and the universe. Stargazing after the meeting, weather permitting. In partnership with Skokie Valley Astronomers.
 
Forest Fitness: Half Day
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October 13, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf Slough
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October 13, 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.
 
History Cafe
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October 13, 2018
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Families in Lake County often have fascinating histories with many connections throughout the area. In this program, you will hear more about one of those families, the Blodgetts, and their involvement in anti-slavery societies, the Civil War, and more.
 
Winter is Coming
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October 13, 2018
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Learn about leaf color changes and how these changes coincide with signals for animal migration and hibernation. Hands-on activities while hiking on the trail.
 
Rx for Health
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October 13, 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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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 14, 2018
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01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Ethel Untermyer Conservation Forum
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October 14, 2018
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Lake County has a rich history of preservation. Join Dunn Museum curator, Diana Dretske, as we step back in time to meet the individuals whose efforts preserved the county’s historical and natural heritage, such as Robert Vogel, pictured here in 1957 with the Museum’s 420 million-year-old fossil.
 
Symbols of Illinois
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October 14, 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 walk.
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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October 14, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 16, 2018
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09:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 16, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 17, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Lunchtime Tours
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October 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour on innovations and inventions.
 
Spooky Lake County
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October 18, 2018
07:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Ever wonder about the haunted locations in Lake County? At this spooktacular program, you will hear about all the spooky events in Lake County history.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 19, 2018
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 19, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 19, 2018
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 19, 2018
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 19, 2018
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Forest Fitness: Grant Woods
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October 20, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh
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October 20, 2018
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09:00 AM - 11:00 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: Oriole Grove
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October 20, 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
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October 20, 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.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 20, 2018
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
Event's details
October 20, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
Event's details
October 20, 2018
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
Event's details
October 20, 2018
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
Halloween Hikes
Event's details
October 20, 2018
08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider.
 
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Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods
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October 21, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 21, 2018
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01:00 PM - 03:00 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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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 23, 2018
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09:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 23, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Small Discoveries
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October 24, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Explore the variety of fall colors through color mixing, nature crafts, and storytime.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 24, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Stevenson Home Public Tours
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October 24, 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.
 
Sandhill Cranes
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October 24, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Each autumn, our skies are filled with the bugling call of sandhill cranes migrating south. Join us to learn more about the life history of these remarkable birds.
 
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Lunchtime Tours
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October 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour on innovations and inventions.
 
Community Campfire Friday Nights
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October 26, 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: Nippersink
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October 27, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Restoration Workday: Heron Creek
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October 27, 2018
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.
 
Playdate with Nature
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October 27, 2018
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for children of all ages.
 
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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 28, 2018
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01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 28, 2018
CUMA03
01:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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October 28, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Join us for a guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.
 
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Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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October 30, 2018
CUMA03
09:00 AM - 11:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 30, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
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October 31, 2018
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12:00 PM - 03:00 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.
 
Mini Historian
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November 01, 2018
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Help your little ones become mini historians as they explore our Museum galleries and learn about historical objects.
 
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Forest Fitness: Grassy Lake
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November 03, 2018
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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
Walk with a Naturalist
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November 03, 2018
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Fall is winding down, but there is still plenty to discover on this naturalist-guided walk. Join us each month to experience and learn about seasonal changes within the preserves.
 
Rx for Health
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November 03, 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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