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Stay informed about your Lake County Forest Preserves by reading the latest news items below.

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Sep 18, 2023 03:20 PM

Dinosaur Exhibit Coming to the Dunn Museum

Dinosaurs will visit the Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville with the opening of a special exhibition, “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed.” The exhibit runs from October 7 through January 15, 2024 at the nationally accredited Museum.

Sep 15, 2023 04:06 PM

State Grant Funds Upgrade to HVAC System at the Dunn Museum

The Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville received funding assistance to improve museum facilities through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources administered the program.

Sep 15, 2023 01:27 PM

OAKtober Native Tree & Shrub Sale Planned

The Lake County Forest Preserves is holding its popular OAKtober Native Tree & Shrub Sale from 9 am–2 pm, Sunday, October 1 at Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.

Sep 13, 2023 10:47 AM

Green Practices Applauded with Esteemed Award

The Lake County Forest Preserves earned a prestigious award in the Best Green Practices category of an Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) contest.

Sep 07, 2023 03:08 PM

SeptOberFest Begins at Independence Grove

The Lake County Forest Preserves has planned a variety of entertainment as part of SeptOberFest at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Music by local artists, events and programs will take place Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sep 06, 2023 02:34 PM

Director of Natural Resources Recognized as Notable Woman in STEM

Crain’s Chicago Business named Pati Vitt, director of natural resources at the Lake County Forest Preserves, one of the 2023 Notable Women in STEM.

Aug 31, 2023 03:23 PM

Lake County Forest Preserves Opens the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in time for Labor Day Weekend

On Thursday, August 31 the Lake County Forest Preserves reopened a 71.55-acre parcel of land that is now part of Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake Forest.

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