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Beach Passes Discontinued

Season passes to the swimming beach at Independence Grove in Libertyville have been discontinued, and the Family Fun Friday events have been canceled.


Profiles in Excellence

Join us for an inspiring afternoon of presentations and performances in honor of black history at the 37th annual Profiles in Excellence.

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

Refreshed Logo is Launched

The logo features crisp clean lines, an updated typeface, and incorporates multiple colors for the first time.

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Lake County Artist Exhibit

"Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression" opens Sat, Jan 25 at the Dunn Museum.

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Dunn Museum Cradle Inspires Native Artists With New Display

Traditional Native American artists Pat Kruse and Terri Hom visited the Dunn Museum in Libertyville 16 months ago to research a birchbark cradle in the Museum's collections. The duo focused their research on 19th and early 20th century

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Sled Hill at Old School
Dec 10, 2019 08:00 AM

Winter Recreation

Cold weather brings winter fun in your forest preserves.

Horizons Winter 2019

Winter Horizons Magazine

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

Oct 29, 2019 04:00 PM

Take an Evening Hike

Get some evening exercise this winter along designated solar-lit trails at Old School and Lakewood, open until 9 pm, daily, November 3, 2019, through March 8, 2020.


Now Open––Ethel's Woods

Check out new trails and experience the breathtaking beauty of Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve in Antioch.​

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Ethel's Woods Scheduled to Open October 18

Lake County residents are able to experience the breathtaking beauty of Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve in Antioch when it opens Friday, October 18. The long-hidden landscape did not have public access while it underwent a major multi-year land restora

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Hike Lake County

Explore designated trails in scenic preserves.

Lake County Forest Preserves
Jun 24, 2019 09:11 AM

We Maintain Decision Based on Safety Concerns

The Sheriff’s Office finding does not change our conclusion that the second cancellation was a prudent safety decision.


Spring Walks in Your Preserves

Enjoy this beautiful spring weather with a guided walk through a preserve.


Spring 2019 Horizons Magazine Available Online

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

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Dunn Museum Gift Shop Sale

Receive 25% OFF all merchandise* and 70% OFF select items at the Museum Gift Shop through the month of December! *Excludes consignment products.


New leadership on Lake County Forest Preserve Board

At a special election on Monday, December 3, the Board of Commissioners elected their new leaders, choosing Angelo Kyle of Waukegan (District 14) as President of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The Board also elected Julie Simpson of Vernon Hills


Winter Snow and Ice Removal Operations

Staff will be performing adjustments this coming winter to reduce the amount of road salt applied during snow and ice removal operations.


Reserve a Picnic Shelter

Reservations for 2019 picnic shelter rentals begin Monday, October 15. Purchase permits online starting at 12:01 am; by phone or in person starting at 8 am.


Fall 2018 Horizons Magazine Available Online

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

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We're Recruiting Docent Volunteers

Apply to be a docent and share your interest in history and social science with visitors through guided tours and educational programs for school groups, community groups and the general public.

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Fort Sheridan Reopens with 70-Foot Overlook of Lake Michigan

We are announcing the reopening of Fort Sheridan in Lake Forest with new and improved features that provide greater access to the site’s natural beauty and rich military history. Following more than a year of construction, visitors will once again be

Safety Tips

Safety Alert: Theft Prevention Tips

Safeguard against auto burglary. When property is left unlocked or in plain view, it invites trouble.​

Dryptosaurus in Dunn Museum

New Dunn Museum Opens Its Doors

After spending more than a year relocating its vast historic collections and building brand-new exhibitions from scratch, the Forest Preserves announces the opening of the new Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, in Libertyville.


Public Access Project Set to Begin at Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve

Lake County residents are one step closer to being able to experience the breathtaking beauty of Ethel’s Woods Forest Preserve.

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Board Approves Addition to Lakewood Forest Preserve

At their February 13 meeting, the Lake County Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of roughly 8.2 acres in Fremont Township, known as the Grawe property...

Des Plaines River Trail

New Interactive Trail Map

Use our NEW interactive trail map to help navigate your next adventure in a forest preserve near you.​

Deer Tick

Ticks and Lyme Disease

While enjoying activities outside, don’t forget to take action to prevent bites from ticks that share our outdoor spaces.

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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