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

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Sep 06, 2023 02:34 PM

Director of Natural Resources Recognized as Notable Woman in STEM

Crain’s Chicago Business named Pati Vitt, director of natural resources at the Lake County Forest Preserves, one of the 2023 Notable Women in STEM.

Aug 31, 2023 03:23 PM

Lake County Forest Preserves Opens the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in time for Labor Day Weekend

On Thursday, August 31 the Lake County Forest Preserves reopened a 71.55-acre parcel of land that is now part of Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake Forest.

Aug 15, 2023 09:35 AM

Celebrating 60 Years of Saving Illinois’ Nature

The Lake County Forest Preserves is taking part in a state-wide celebration marking the 60th anniversary of an agency dedicated to preserving Illinois’ highest-quality natural areas.

Aug 08, 2023 12:27 PM

Hike Lake County Challenge Begins

The Lake County Forest Preserves has a challenge — or seven of them — for you. Grab your walking shoes and head to the trails to participate in the annual Hike Lake County program while enjoying the change of seasons, fall breezes and autumn colors.

Steve Barten
Aug 07, 2023 11:59 AM

Rusty Patched Bumble Bees Spotted

A federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee was discovered at a Lake County forest preserve. This was the first recorded sighting of the rare species at this preserve and joins a handful of other recent bumble bee detections.

Jul 27, 2023 01:59 PM

Lake County Forest Preserves Publication Earns National Awards

The communications and design division of the Lake County Forest Preserves earned two national awards through APEX, the Annual Awards for Publication Excellence Competition.

Jul 17, 2023 03:05 PM

Executive Director Recognized for Leadership in Sustainability

Crain’s Chicago Business today named Alex Ty Kovach, executive director of the Lake County Forest Preserves, a Notable Leader in Sustainability for 2023.

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