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

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Our Public Affairs division is happy to assist journalists and photo editors with stories, fact checks, photo requests, preserve tours and interviews with our experts. Members of the media may also subscribe to receive our news releases and photo opportunities via email.

Kim Mikus Croke, Media & Community Relations Specialist, office 847-968-3202, cell 224-244-0583, email


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Mar 15, 2023 03:44 PM

$11 Million Secured for Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chicago District received funding to restore native habitats and improve ecosystem services in the Upper Des Plaines River Watershed. The Lake County Forest Preserves is a partner in this project.

Mar 15, 2023 01:53 PM

Dunn Museum Conducting Survey

The Dunn Museum is conducting a survey for museum-goers. “It will provide staff with data from our visitors as well as nationwide results for context, helping us be more effective in the communities we serve,” said Director of Education Nan Buckardt.

Mar 15, 2023 01:07 PM

Missing Hawk Found Safe

After missing for five days, a red-tailed hawk, used for education programming, was found near its home at Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods on Tuesday, March 14. He escaped from his home when it was vandalized.

Mar 13, 2023 02:15 PM

Educators Ask Public for Help to Find Hawk

Environmental educators from the Lake County Forest Preserves are asking the public for assistance in locating a red-tailed hawk that has been missing after its home was vandalized at Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.

Photo of Dinosaur in the Dunn Museum
Feb 24, 2023 10:50 AM

Dunn Museum Celebrates Anniversary with Free Admission Food Drive

The Bess Bower Dunn Museum is celebrating its five-year anniversary at its current location at 1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville. "To recognize the occasion and thank Lake County residents, free admission will be offered between March 25–April 2.

Feb 15, 2023 02:25 PM

Job Fair Set for March 16

The Lake County Forest Preserves is hosting a job fair from 2–6 pm, Thursday, March 16, at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road in North Chicago. An array of full-time, part-time and temporary positions are available.


Maple Syrup Programs Offered

For more than 40 years, educators and volunteers at the Lake County Forest Preserves have led wildly popular Maple Syrup Hikes through Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.

Feb 10, 2023 09:07 AM

Additional Programs Offered in Spanish

The Forest Preserves recently hired a bilingual environmental educator as one strategy toward our objective to reach a broader audience.

Jan 23, 2023 10:49 AM

New Director of Public Safety Hired

The Lake County Forest Preserves hired Ron Davis, a 34-year law enforcement veteran, as director of public safety to replace retiring John Tannahill.


Winter 2022 Horizons Magazine

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Dec 14, 2022 02:28 PM

Wildlife Tracking System Installed

A new, groundbreaking effort to study animal migrations and connect researchers, scientists and students to real-time migratory data across the globe is underway. Lake County is one of the newest links in the chain.

Dec 06, 2022 01:55 PM

Forest Preserves Board Reelects Leadership

At a special meeting, the Board of Commissioners reelected Angelo Kyle of Waukegan (District 14) as president of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The Board also reelected John Wasik of Grayslake (District 6) to serve as vice president.

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Nov 29, 2022 01:02 PM

Forest Preserves Offer Winter Activities

From ice skating to sledding to cross-country skiing, the Lake County Forest Preserves give residents a variety of reasons to get outside this season.

Nov 17, 2022 10:09 AM

Office Landscaping Sees Makeover

The Lake County Forest Preserves recently gave its General Offices and the Dunn Museum in Libertyville a landscaping makeover, thanks to a long-time supporter.

Nov 08, 2022 10:35 AM

Ranger Officer Earns Military Honor

Paul J. Hettich, a Lake County Forest Preserves ranger police officer, was inducted into the 2022 class of the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps National Hall of Fame.

Oct 12, 2022 10:36 AM

Lake County Forest Preserves Board Approves 2023 Budget

In order to continue moving toward its 100-Year Vision to preserve and sustain Lake County's natural landscape and extend community outreach and education, the Lake County Forest Preserves Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2023 budget.

Oct 10, 2022 10:32 AM

Educational Materials Teach Residents How to Remove Buckthorn

In response to growing community interest in controlling invasive species, the Lake County Forest Preserves developed a library of free resources that support efforts to eradicate common or European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica).


Fall 2022 Horizons Magazine

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Sep 26, 2022 02:20 PM

Residents Give High Marks to the Lake County Forest Preserves

Lake County's forest preserves are clean, safe and popular places to relax and enjoy nature, as rated by local residents in a countywide attitude and interest survey.

Sep 21, 2022 03:00 PM

Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Sightings Increase in Lake County

An uptick in sightings of the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee is creating a buzz in Lake County.

Sep 14, 2022 08:12 AM

Director Inducted into Outdoor Hall of Fame

Director of Education Nan Buckardt was recognized for her leadership in the area of natural resources. The Illinois Conservation Foundation Board of Directors inducted Buckardt into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.

Aug 12, 2022 09:27 AM

Exhibition Wins National Award

“Our Voice is Black History: Past, Present, Future,” a special exhibition that ran last year virtually and in-person at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville, recently earned national recognition.


Youth Conservation Corps Program Gains Financial Support

The Lake County Forest Preserves recently received two donations to support YCC, a program that provides jobs and environmental education to high school and college students interested in maintaining the forest preserves.


Spring/Summer 2022 Horizons Magazine

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Jun 08, 2022 12:35 PM

Construction Begins on Net-Zero Energy Building

Construction started this week on the first phase of a new environmental education facility that aims to achieve net-zero energy.

New LCFPD logo. Leaf shape with 4 colors, dark green, brown, light green, and blue.

Lake County Forest Preserves Earns International Financial Reporting Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Lake County Forest Preserves.

May 25, 2022 02:09 PM

Bison Safely Captured from Lakewood Forest Preserve

A 1,300-pound bison that escaped from a Wauconda farm late last year was safely and humanely removed early Wednesday morning from Lakewood Forest Preserve in early April.

May 16, 2022 11:56 AM

Protocols Put in Place to Protect Turtles

Ecologists from the Lake County Forest Preserves are working with expert veterinarians to monitor Blanding's turtles in this area and develop protocols in attempt to keep them safe from a fungus recently detected within the population in Lake County.


Exciting Things Are Happening at Ryerson Woods

Construction has begun on a new net-zero energy building at Ryerson Woods.

Apr 28, 2022 02:28 PM

New Traveling Exhibition to Hit the Road

The Bess Bower Dun Museum in Libertyville, IL is adding a new traveling exhibition to its lineup. “Bill Sienkiewicz: Pop Culture Revolution” is the most recent exhibition developed by Dunn Museum staff to hit the road this fall.

Apr 13, 2022 03:44 PM

How to Protect Yourself Against Vehicle Break-ins

Warmer weather coupled with a challenging economy are leading to an increase in vehicle break-ins. Parking lots, including those in the forest preserves, are prime locations for these crimes.

Mar 09, 2022 08:02 AM

Partnership Formed with Chicago Bears to Battle Buckthorn

The Lake County Forest Preserves and the Chicago Bears have formed a partnership to battle common buckthorn, a non-native, invasive tree that harms plants and wildlife.


Winter 2021 Horizons Magazine

Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with news, education programs, events and more.

Jan 11, 2022 02:40 PM

Lake County Forest Preserves Receives $50k Gift for Net-Zero Energy Project 

The Lake County Forest Preserves received its first naming gift to support a new Environmental Education Facility at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.

Jan 07, 2022 11:09 AM

Parking added at Buffalo Creek

The Lake County Forest Preserves collaborated with the Village of Long Grove to provide additional parking at the west end of Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve in Long Grove.

Dec 30, 2021 10:48 AM

Route 45 Underpass Opens

The Lake County Forest Preserves completed a new underpass and trail extension that safely connects Raven Glen and Ethel's Woods forest preserves in Antioch for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians.


AAA Bond Rating Awarded for 19th Straight Year, Taxpayers Save $1.5 Million

The Lake County Forest Preserves has been awarded the AAA bond rating by Moody’s Investors Service, one of the top credit rating agencies in the world. The agency is nationally recognized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Oct 18, 2021 09:37 AM

Buffalo Creek Project Earns Award

The Lake County Forest Preserve District received the Regional Resilience Award for its collaborative work on a $9.7 million project to expand the Buffalo Creek Reservoir and increase the region’s resiliency against flooding.

Oct 13, 2021 10:13 AM

2022 Budget Approved

The Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners approved the fiscal year 2022 budget at its October 12 meeting.

Aug 26, 2021 12:43 PM

Rare Hummingbird Spotted in Lake County

A rare hummingbird, reportedly seen only once before in Illinois, was spotted at the backyard bird feeder of Jeanna Cristino, communications specialist at the Lake County Forest Preserves.

Jul 22, 2021 04:28 PM

Lake County Forest Preserves Earns Two National Awards

Lake Villa residents Joyce and George Proper were awarded the Outstanding Volunteer award.The Growing Through Change project at Grant Woods Forest Preserve earned the Conservation Award.

Jul 20, 2021 08:43 AM

Lake County Forest Preserves Leads the Way for Net-zero Buildings

As stewards of healthy landscapes and proponents of climate resiliency, officials at the Lake County Forest Preserves altered their Capital Improvement Plan to prioritize and accelerate current net-zero building goals and lead the way for others.

May 29, 2021 03:39 PM

Now Open! Enjoy Local Craft Brews and Scenic Lake Views

We're excited to announce the opening of the new outdoor Beer Garden at Independence Grove, starting this Saturday, May 29. The Beer Garden features a variety of local craft brews on tap, and packaged snacks and other beverages.

May 18, 2021 05:00 PM

Subscribe to DunnTV on YouTube

The new channel features videos about the Dunn Museum's collections, exhibits, programming, Lake County history, and other information.

May 18, 2021 08:55 AM

Saying Goodbye to Our Education Red-Tailed Hawk

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of our resident education red-tailed hawk, who passed on May 7, 2021. She was one of the oldest red-tailed hawks on record and a true education ambassador.

New LCFPD logo. Leaf shape with 4 colors, dark green, brown, light green, and blue.
Apr 28, 2021 12:53 PM

AAA Bond Rating Awarded

We've been awarded the AAA bond rating by Moody’s Investors Service, the highest rating possible, in recognition of our strong long-term financial planning.

Ethel's Woods
Feb 12, 2021 04:13 PM

New Route 45 Trail Tunnel

Read about a trail extension and tunnel we're building to connect Raven Glen and Ethel's Woods.

Oct 29, 2020 06:06 AM

Book Your 2021 Event With Us

This expansive 18,500-square-foot venue is the perfect setting for any occasion, with both indoor and outdoor spaces.


Virtual Field Trips Now Available

History and nature virtual field trips are now available!

Photo of the blue Dunn Museum tshirt wtih dinosaur on it

Buy Museum T-shirt and Gift Cards

Help support the Dunn Museum! Purchase a Dryptosaurus t-shirt while supplies last, and buy gift cards for family and friends.

Maintenance Staff at Independence Grove wearing a mask
Apr 24, 2020 02:12 PM

Covid-19 Documentation Project

Each of us is living through a significant moment in history. The Dunn Museum is documenting the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

New LCFPD logo. Leaf shape with 4 colors, dark green, brown, light green, and blue.
Apr 03, 2020 07:24 AM

Committee Meetings Held Remotely

As the Lake County Forest Preserves continues to follow social distancing requirements and the state's stay-at-home order, committee meetings will be held remotely by video and audio conferencing.

Millennium Trail

Check Status of Trails and Preserves

Before heading out, check the current status of trail underpasses. Also find construction alerts, preserve improvement projects and controlled burn sites.

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