Special Events


Maple Syrup Hikes

March 9–10, 16–17, 23–24

Learn how trees work and about the sweet sap of sugar maples. Ryerson Woods is one of the few places in Lake County where climate conditions are right for maple syrup production, and where trees grow to a diameter and height that allows for tapping. Everyone gets a taste. Program also available as a school or scout field trip.



HistorySymposiumLake County History Symposium

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This day-long symposium focuses on a different theme each year. 





Civil War Days

July 13–14

Each summer, the Dunn Museum hosts Civil War Days, the largest Civil War encampment in Illinois. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery reenactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. Ongoing drills, kids activities, and Civil War-era shopping are available both days. Learn more »




Halloween Hikes

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Join us at Ryerson Woods for a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider. Not scary. Even your littlest will enjoy this family favorite. Learn more »


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