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10 things to do in December

As the temperatures grow colder and holiday time off approaches, we have a variety of activities planned. Here are a few options for December.

 
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Winter Horizons Magazine

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

 
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Nov 22, 2019 09:00 AM

Holiday Hours

Our customer service offices and some facilities will be closed in observance of upcoming holidays. ​

 
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Loan Box Program Expanded for Educators

Environmental educators are expanding an initiative to area teachers in providing fresh, interactive science lessons for their classrooms. Classroom teachers and non-formal educators can rent three new themed Educator Loan Boxes for up to two weeks.

 
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Oct 29, 2019 04:00 PM

Take an Evening Hike on Solar-Lit Trails

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.

 
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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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Sep 28, 2019 10:00 AM

Day of the Dead Exhibition

A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico exhibition is on display through Jan 5, 2020, at the Dunn Museum.

 
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Hike Lake County

Explore designated trails in scenic preserves.

 
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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.

 
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Independence Grove Beach Passes Available

Season passes to the swimming beach at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville are on sale for Lake County residents. Purchase on or before May 1 and receive a 10 percent discount.

 
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Spring Walks in Your Preserves

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

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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Safety Alert: Theft Prevention Tips

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

 
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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.

 
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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...

 
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New Interactive Trail Map

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

 
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Ticks and Lyme Disease

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

 
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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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