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Volunteers at the Native Seed Nursery, Rollins Savanna.

Working With Us

As Lake County’s principal guardian of open space and natural areas since 1958, we set the standard in nature and historic preservation, and in outdoor recreation and education. We offer a broad range of employment opportunities, including career and temporary positions, and internships. Learn more »

Volunteering

Each year, hundreds of people volunteer thousands of hours in forest preserves throughout Lake County. Our volunteers play a key role in operations and public safety, habitat restoration, cultural preservation and environmental education. There are opportunities available for individuals and groups in a variety of settings and we encourage you to explore all the listed positions to find a job that fits best. Learn more »

Donate

The Preservation Foundation is the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and help support projects and initiate programs that may otherwise go unfunded or take many years to complete. Learn more »

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20
Jul
 
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Time: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.
 
20
Jul

Lunchtime Tours: Civil War Stories

July 20, 2018 (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


Tour the exhibition galleries and hear stories of how men and women from Lake County were involved in the American Civil War.
 
20
Jul

Wine and Nine

July 20, 2018 04:00 PM
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Time:04:00 PM

Enjoy a 30-minute golf clinic and a round of 9 holes, followed by hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.
 
20
Jul

Community Campfire Friday Nights

July 20, 2018 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.
 
21
Jul

Rookery Watch

July 21, 2018 (08:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for viewing of nesting herons, cormorants and other waterfowl. Supported by Lake County Audubon volunteers.
 
21
Jul

Forest Fitness: Oak Spring Canoe Launch

July 21, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
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Time:08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Group fitness walks feature a new preserve each week.
 
21
Jul

Restoration Workday: Grant Woods

July 21, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time: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.
 
21
Jul

Restoration Workday: Almond Marsh

July 21, 2018 (09:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time: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.
 
21
Jul

Rx for Health: Walking in Nature

July 21, 2018 (04:00 PM - 05:30 PM)
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Time: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.
 
22
Jul
 
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Time: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.
 
22
Jul

Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods

July 22, 2018 (09:00 AM - 11:00 PM)
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Time: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.
 
22
Jul
 
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Time:01:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Brushwood Center, in partnership with the Lake County Forest Preserve District, presents The Promise of an Acorn, a group exhibition focused on the unique oak ecosystem. Join us for the opening reception from 1–3 pm and learn about oak ecosystem restoration in Lake County with featured guest speakers, Skip Twardosz and Gerould Wilhelm at 3 pm. Optional guided hike through Ryerson Woods at 4 pm.
 
23
Jul

Summer Camp: Make a Museum

July 23, 2018-July 27, 2018 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ever wonder how a museum works? This camp explores what it takes to build and operate a museum. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with museum professionals, learn about collections, and how to design an exhibit. As they learn, they will create their own temporary exhibit which will open up on the last day of camp.
 
24
Jul
 
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Time: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.
 
24
Jul

History Hacked: Cradleboard

July 24, 2018 (02:00 PM - 02:45 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Location: Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, Libertyville, IL -60048


How did the Potawatomi care for their children in the 19th century? Are cradleboards still used today? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we take a closer look at a cradleboard from our collections and learn about Potawatomi childcare and family life.
 
25
Jul

From Seed to Sprout - Watching it Grow

July 25, 2018 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the parts of a plant and which parts we eat as we work in our garden and end with a taste test.
 
25
Jul

Senior Series: Mammals of Lake County

July 25, 2018 (02:00 PM - 03:30 PM)
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Time:02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Expand your knowledge of the mammals that call Lake County home. A guided walk in search of local mammals follows an indoor presentation.
 
26
Jul
 
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Time: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.
 
26
Jul

Family Fishing

July 26, 2018 (01:00 PM - 02:30 PM)
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Time:01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

Drop a line and see if the fish are biting. You could catch bluegills, largemouth bass and channel
catfish. We’ll supply the poles, bait and tips on getting started.
 
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