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Dunn Museum


Special Exhibition Gallery

Before and After Controlled Burn, resulting in a healthy landscape.

Managing Healthy Landscapes
February 10–April 7 | Open in-person

Have you ever wondered what it takes to manage more than 31,000 acres? As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas, the Lake County Forest Preserves has been preserving and restoring local landscapes since 1958. Healthy landscapes enhance our physical and mental well-being, counteract climate change and prevent the loss of Lake County’s native species. Modern restoration science was born in the Midwest, but the movement to restore degraded and converted ecosystems is a global effort. This is reflected in the United Nations declaration that this is the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Discover the transformative nature of restoration in the coveted place we call home.

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Celebrating Cicadas
April 27–August 4 | Open in-person and virtually

Coming to your forest preserves and yards: periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.)! In May 2024, 17-year cicadas will emerge from the ground by the millions to sing, mate and overwhelm their predators with sheer numbers. Periodical cicadas have a fascinating and mysterious life cycle—no one is certain why these cicadas emerge every 17 years. Discover the amazing life, sounds and benefits of this intriguing insect.

Permanent Exhibitions & Gift Shop

Prehistoric Lake County

The First People

An American Frontier

Innovations and Preservation


Virtual Exhibitions