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Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
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September 29, 2019
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09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
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September 29, 2019
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09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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September 29, 2019
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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Walk with me - Tree ID.
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October 01, 2019
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Embark on an exploration into the woods. We will discover clues that help us identify trees. Bring your keen sense of observation and dress for the weather.
 
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Animals of the Night
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October 03, 2019
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Drop-in and learn about animals that come out at night and make a craft to take home.
 
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Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
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October 05, 2019
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09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
Walk with a Naturalist: Gander Mountain
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October 05, 2019
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Come walk with us to see beautiful views from Lake County's highest natural elevation at Gander Mountain Forest Preserve.
 
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OAKtober Native Shrub and Tree Sale
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October 06, 2019
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Fall is the perfect time to plant trees and shrubs. Let our experts help you select the right mix for your yard.
 
OAKtober Celebration
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October 06, 2019
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Bring the family and join us for a celebration of oak trees and fall. Select the perfect native shrub or tree for your yard at our sale (10 am–3 pm). Join us for nature-themed activities and guided tours of the autumnal woodland (1–4 pm).
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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October 06, 2019
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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Hikin' Tykes: Owls
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October 08, 2019
09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschoolers and their adult caregivers will learn about these hooting birds of prey through hands-on activities and a nature-based story. They may even see a live owl! Outdoor exploration, weather permitting.
 
Walk with me - Tree ID.
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October 08, 2019
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Embark on an exploration into the woods. Join us to discover clues that help us identify trees. Bring your keen sense of observation and dress for the weather.
 
Lunchtime Tours: A Celebration of Souls
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October 09, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Tour through the exhibit A Celebration of Souls to learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in southern Mexico.
 
Connecting Kids with Nature
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October 10, 2019
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Unite kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn the benefits of nature play.
 
Hops and History
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October 11, 2019
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grab a beer, engage in local history and hang out with friends after hours at the Dunn Museum with Light the Lamp Brewery. Go on a scavenger hunt through the museum's galleries, learn the story of the first brewery in Lake County, and explore Day of the Dead traditions in our temporary exhibit.. This event is for ages 21+ only.
 
Astronomy Program
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October 11, 2019
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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.
 
Birdwatching Hot Spots
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October 12, 2019
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Join us at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for waterfowl, raptors and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.
 
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Colossal Cup Two-Player Golf Scramble
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October 13, 2019
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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.
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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October 13, 2019
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.
 
Columbus Day: Buckthorn Busters
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October 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Learn to identify one of the most invasive plants in the county. See how and why we get rid of it. Then put on some work gloves and join in to remove it, helping to improve habitat health.

 
Playdate with Nature - School Day Off
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October 14, 2019
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial.
 
Tinkering Through Time: Exploring Day of the Dead
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October 14, 2019
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Discover the story of how calaveras, humorous skeleton drawings associated with Day of the Dead, came to be and explore other traditions associated with the holiday.
 
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Senior Series: Fall Color Walk
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October 16, 2019
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Join us for a walk through beautiful Ryerson Woods and discover the science behind the changing colors.
 
Dryptosaurus at the Dunn: Designing a Dinosaur through Art and Science
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October 17, 2019
06:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Come learn about one of America's first dinosaur discoveries, Dryptosaurus. See the life-sized flesh-reconstruction of the predator and hear all about the process from the artist, Tyler Keillor, who created it.
 
Community Campfire Friday Nights
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October 18, 2019
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07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Join friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 
Birdwatching Hot Spots
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October 19, 2019
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Join us at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for waterfowl, raptors, and other migratory species. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available.
 
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
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October 19, 2019
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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2019 Ethel Untermeyer Conservation Forum: Re-creating Mill Creek
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October 20, 2019
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
This decades long project has transformed the landscape of Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve; re-creating a picturesque meandering stream where there once stood one of the lowest quality lakes in the County. Project Manager, Leslie Berns will reveal the story of this complex restoration success.
 
Chocolate in LIfe and Death
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October 20, 2019
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Learn about how chocolate was made and consumed in ancient Mexico and its use in Dia de los Muertos traditions today. We’ll grind roasted cacao beans on a metate and demonstrate how to prepare a traditional drinking chocolate.
 
Guided Hike Lake County
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October 20, 2019
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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Homeschool Companion: A Celebration of Souls
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October 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join other homeschoolers to explore the exhibition A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico. Learn more about the traditions of this holiday through a tour of the exhibit and hands-on activities.
 
Lunchtime Tours: A Celebration of Souls
Event's details
October 23, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Tour through the exhibit A Celebration of Souls to learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in southern Mexico.
 
Dunn Museum Teacher Open House
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October 24, 2019
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05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Learn about exciting programs and resources for your class. Take part in sessions with Museum Education staff and Environmental Education staff, including learning about our new Teacher Ambassador program. Professional development credits available. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
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 25, 2019
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.
 
Family Celebration Day
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October 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Experience the exhibit, A Celebration of Souls, through crafts, activities, and demonstrations and learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico.
 
Halloween Hikes
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October 26, 2019
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 26, 2019
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 26, 2019
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 26, 2019
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 26, 2019
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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Bilingual Storytime: The Dead Family Diaz
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October 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
¡Conoce las tradiciones mexicanas sobre el Día de Muertos! Nos divertimos con cuentos, canciones y manualidades.

Learn about the Mexican traditions about the Day of the Dead! We will have fun with stories, songs and crafts.
 
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Lunchtime Tours: A Celebration of Souls
Event's details
November 01, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL , 60048

Tour through the exhibit A Celebration of Souls to learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in southern Mexico.
 
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
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November 02, 2019
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09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 
Walk with a Naturalist: Pine Dunes
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November 02, 2019
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Come enjoy the fall spender with a walk in Pine Dunes through the oak-hickory woodlands.
 
Lake County History Symposium
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November 02, 2019
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10:00 AM - 01:30 PM
Open to the public, this annual symposium focuses on Lake County history. Join us for a fascinating series of presentations on this year’s theme, "Prohibition in Lake County."
 
Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
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November 02, 2019
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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