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Upcoming Events

Senior Series: Owls of Lake County
Event details:
November 20, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Throughout the year, eight different species of owl live in, or migrate to Lake County. Learn about the natural history of each species and their unique adaptations.
 

November 20, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
November 21, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Cuentos from the Americas
Event details:
November 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hear a combination of ancient legends, myths, folktales, and personal tales from North, Central and South America in this engaging musical and movement performance from storyteller Jasmin Cardenas.
 

November 21, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
November 22, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 22, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Foodways
Event details:
November 22, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Discover the many ways people have produced, prepared and consumed food in Lake County.
 

November 22, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson
Event details:
November 23, 2019
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 23, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
November 23, 2019
ROSA13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 23, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else
Event details:
November 23, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hear Cynthia Clampitt tell the story of how corn has developed over its 10,000 history. Starting off as a weedy grass in Mexico, it was nurtured by Native Americans, then spanned the globe and drove westward expansion. Find out about its historical impact and why it is so vital today. This program is supported by Illinois Humanities.
 

November 23, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
November 24, 2019
MCWO01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 24, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
November 24, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 24, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Thanksgiving for Nature Scavenger Hunt
Event details:
November 24, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Find clues along the trail to discover what we should be thankful for in nature. Activity is self-paced, about a mile, and is mostly on gravel and grass pathways.
 

November 24, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
November 26, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 26, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
November 26, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

November 26, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 01, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 01, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 03, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 03, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 03, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 03, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Playdate with Nature
Event details:
December 03, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play.
 

December 03, 2019 (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Small Discoveries: Winter Wonderland
Event details:
December 04, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bundle up, it’s a winter wonderland! Enjoy stories and crafts centered around snowflakes, snowmen, and all things winter.
 

December 04, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
December 05, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 05, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Is it Winter Yet? Wildlife in Your Backyard.
Event details:
December 05, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Using live animals and biofacts we will examine how animals are preparing for winter. Songs, sign-language, puppets and stories will enhance the learning.
 

December 05, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
December 06, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 06, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Greenbelt
Event details:
December 07, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 07, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Lakewood
Event details:
December 07, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Enjoy a winter morning with a walk at Lake County’s largest forest preserve, as we stroll through a beautiful mixture of woods, wetlands and prairie.
 

December 07, 2019 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grainger Woods
Event details:
December 07, 2019
Volunteer-11
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 07, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Hibernation and Migration
Event details:
December 08, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Learn how animals adapt to winter through hands-on activities.
 

December 08, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 08, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 08, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 10, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 10, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Hikin' Tykes: Beaver
Event details:
December 10, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschoolers and their adult caregivers will learn about North America's largest rodent through hands on activities and a nature-based story. They will even get the change to see an active lodge.
 

December 10, 2019 (9:30 AM - 10:45 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 10, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 10, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Winter in Lake County
Event details:
December 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Examine the megafauna of the Ice Age, Potawatomi wigwams, ice harvesting on Diamond Lake and more to learn how Lake County has survived and thrived in the cold.
 

December 11, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
December 12, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 12, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Connecting Kids with Nature
Event details:
December 12, 2019
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10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Unite kids with nature through outdoor exploration and learn the benefits of nature play.
 

December 12, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:45 AM)
Object Talks: The American Mastodon
Event details:
December 12, 2019
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Take a closer look at a fossilized mastodon leg bone and tooth to learn more about this massive Ice Age mammal and hear the fascinating story of how it was found.
 

December 12, 2019 (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Moonlit Meander
Event details:
December 12, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
There's something unique about a walk in winter in the moonlight. Experience the sounds, smells, and shadowy sights in this beautiful preserve.
 

December 12, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
December 13, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 13, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Astronomy Program
Event details:
December 13, 2019
astronomy
8:00 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.
 

December 13, 2019 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Prairie Wolf
Event details:
December 14, 2019
PRWO03
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Fox River
Event details:
December 14, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Wadsworth Savanna
Event details:
December 14, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 14, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Scout Saturday: Earth Rocks
Event details:
December 14, 2019
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Join the Lake County Forest Preserves and work towards earning your Earth Rocks badge.
 

December 14, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Scout Saturday: Night Owl
Event details:
December 14, 2019
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Come out for night-time fun and fulfill requirements 1-4 of the Night Owl badge.
 

December 14, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 15, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 15, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
The Science Behind Snowflakes
Event details:
December 15, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Drop-in to learn more about how these amazingly unique snow crystals are formed.
 

December 15, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 17, 2019
CUMA03
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 17, 2019 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 17, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 17, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
December 19, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 19, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Winter in Lake County
Event details:
December 19, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Examine the megafauna of the Ice Age, Potawatomi wigwams, ice harvesting on Diamond Lake and more to learn how Lake County has survived and thrived in the cold.
 

December 19, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Preserving Lake County History
Event details:
December 19, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Step back in time to meet the individuals whose efforts preserved Lake County’s historical and natural heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries.
 

December 19, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
December 20, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 20, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Sunrise Stroll
Event details:
December 21, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Greet the day with a peaceful walk while watching the sun rise over Lake Michigan.
 

December 21, 2019 (7:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Oriole Grove
Event details:
December 21, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Grant Woods
Event details:
December 21, 2019
GRWO02
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Heron Creek
Event details:
December 21, 2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 21, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Solstice Glow Walk
Event details:
December 21, 2019
4:30 PM
The amount of daylight starts increasing today; let's celebrate by taking a late afternoon hike. We will provide glow sticks and the trail to explore.
 

December 21, 2019 4:30 PM
Restoration Workday: McDonald Woods
Event details:
December 22, 2019
MCWO01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 22, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Wilmot Woods
Event details:
December 22, 2019
INGR04
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 22, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 22, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 22, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Owls of Lake County
Event details:
December 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover the unique adaptations shared by the owls of Lake County through hands-on activities and a guided walk.
 

December 23, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 23, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 23, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Old School
Event details:
December 26, 2019
OLSC04
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 26, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Nature Story Time: The Mitten
Event details:
December 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for an enchanting story of animals and a magical mitten. After the story we'll hike the trail to search for woodland animals.
 

December 26, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Restoration Workday: Grassy Lake
Event details:
December 27, 2019
GRLA01
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 27, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 27, 2019
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 27, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ryerson
Event details:
December 28, 2019
ERCA08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Rollins Savanna
Event details:
December 28, 2019
ROSA13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 28, 2019 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Ela Prairie (Cuba Marsh)
Event details:
December 29, 2019
CUMA03
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 29, 2019 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
New Year's Celebration
Event details:
December 31, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Through crafts and activities, learn how people around the world celebrate the start of the new year.
 

December 31, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
December 31, 2019
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

December 31, 2019 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Museum Family Crafts
Event details:
January 02, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend your winter break creating free winter-themed crafts at the Dunn Museum.
 

January 02, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Restoration Workday: Native Seed Nursery
Event details:
January 02, 2020
ROSA-NSN-water-parsnip-460x360
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Grab some work gloves, help restore the environment, and get a behind-the-scenes look at your preserves!
 

January 02, 2020 (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Ice Age Encounters
Event details:
January 02, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Come investigate the Ice Age through hands-on demonstrations, looking at fossil casts, and comparing and contrasting to animals today.
 

January 02, 2020 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Museum Curiosity Stations
Event details:
January 03, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899. W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Rotate through the Museum's galleries to experience a variety of hands-on activities.
 

January 03, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Walk with a Naturalist: Grant Woods
Event details:
January 04, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Get out of the house and enjoy a walk in Grant woods with its gently rolling landscape.
 

January 04, 2020 (9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
Lunchtime Tours: The First People of Lake County
Event details:
January 08, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend time learning about the first people of Lake County in our gallery and wigwam exhibit.
 

January 08, 2020 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Reset your Winter Clock Walk
Event details:
January 09, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Start the New Year with a peaceful morning hike. Learn how we, along with the natural world, are attuned to the changing amount of daylight during the winter months.
 

January 09, 2020 (8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)
Connecting Kids with Nature
Event details:
January 09, 2020
kids-stock01
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Unite kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn the benefits of nature play.
 

January 09, 2020 (10:30 AM - 11:45 AM)
Howl at the Moon Stroll
Event details:
January 10, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Take in the full moon over Lake Michigan as we stroll on a moonlit walk. On our stroll we will learn about animals and their relationship with the moon.
 

January 10, 2020 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Astronomy Program
Event details:
January 10, 2020
astronomy
8:00 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.
 

January 10, 2020 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Senior Series: Waukegan’s Blodgett Brothers
Event details:
January 15, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hear the stories of one of Waukegan’s early families, the Blodgetts, including their involvement in anti-slavery societies, the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Waukegan.
 

January 15, 2020 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Mobile Apps for the Nature Lover
Event details:
January 16, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Learn about nature applications for your phone and how they can help enrich your outside adventures.
 

January 16, 2020 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Sunrise Stroll: Hastings Lake
Event details:
January 18, 2020
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Explore Hastings Lake in the serene stillness of an early winter morning.
 

January 18, 2020 (7:00 AM - 8:30 AM)
 
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