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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, Communications Specialist, office 847-968-3202, cell 224-244-0583, email


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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 02:34 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.

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.

Snowy Shelter Credit Tim Elliott
Snowy Shelter

Winter Storm Advisory Notice

During heavy snow events, staff prioritize clearing snow at our most visited preserves and those with winter sports activities. Staff is working diligently to clear snow and provide safe access.

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.

Solar Trails
Nov 02, 2021 08:19 AM

Solar-lit Trails Open November 7

Taking an evening hike on solar-lit trails in the forest preserves may be an option for anyone having a hard time getting outside in nature now that the sun sets earlier. Opens 11/7/21.

Oct 19, 2021 01:15 PM

Ansel Adams Exhibition Opening November 6

A nationally acclaimed exhibition, “Ansel Adams: Early Works,” is running at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, 1899 W. Winchester Road in Libertyville, Illinois, from November 6, 2021 through March 27, 2022.

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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