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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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Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LCFPD. Share your forest preserve photos with us on Flickr. Watch educational and informative videos on YouTube.

Blogs

We host two blogs, written by our professional staff, to help you learn about Lake County Nature and Lake County History.

 
 
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Jun 02, 2021 09:41 AM

Summer Concerts at Independence Grove

Music lovers, dance lovers, outdoor lovers, get ready for award-winning performers playing under the stars at the annual Events in the Plaza music series at Independence Grove.

 
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Jun 01, 2021 11:15 PM

Gospelfest at Greenbelt Cultural Center, July 25

This year's event features powerhouse vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley performing live. FREE. Arrive early, seating is limited. Free. Arrive early, seating is limited.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Apr 09, 2021 06:00 PM

Great News!

Picnic shelter reservations for 2021 will begin on Thursday, April 29 at 10 am. Due to COVID-19, maximum capacity is limited to 100 people. Groups may not exceed a shelter's posted capacity.

 
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Fox River Marina
Apr 07, 2021 09:00 AM

Fox River Marina Boat Slips, Launch, Storage

The marina is open for the season with 169 slips, a four-lane public launch, and secure indoor storage available.

 
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Apr 01, 2021 05:00 PM

Spring Horizons Magazine

Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with a special illustrated feature on fishing in your preserves.

 
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Mar 31, 2021 11:30 AM

Online Native Plant Sale

You don’t even have to "leaf" home to buy the plants you love. Our partners at Possibility Place Nursery will ship them straight to your doorstep.

 
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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.

 
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Nov 13, 2020 01:46 PM

COVID-19 Updates

Though most forest preserves and trails remain open, several facilities are closed and all in-person education programs, volunteer projects, and special events have been canceled or modified in response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

 
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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.

 
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Virtual Field Trips Now Available

History and nature virtual field trips are now available!

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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