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

2019 Civil War Days is Canceled Due to Safety Concerns

Due to safety concerns, we are canceling the Civil War Days event scheduled for July 13 and 14, 2019.​

 
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.

 
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Green Youth Farm

Fresh Produce Available

Through early October, purchase organically grown produce from the Green Youth Farm, located in North Chicago.

 
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Nearly 100 Blanding’s turtles released into Lake County wetlands

In 2010, the Forest Preserves instituted an official recovery program for this species. It includes a head-starting program where eggs are collected from the field and incubated. Hatchlings are then held in captivity beyond the point of extreme pre

 
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Summer 2019 Horizons Magazine Available Online

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

 
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Dedicated Nature Preserves

We are looking to permanently protect some of our high-quality natural areas that have rare plants, animals by registering them into the Illinois Nature Preserves System.

 
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Forest Preserves Filling Part-time, Temporary Positions

Looking to spend the summer outdoors in a beautiful, natural setting? We are in the process of hiring an array of temporary and part-time positions, from lifeguards to golf course attendants.

 
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2019 History Symposium

The Dunn Museum seeks proposals for presentations and posters related to this year's theme: Prohibition in Lake County.

 
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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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Dunn Museum Hosts Alex Ross Signing Event

Comic book artist Alex Ross will take part in a rare signing event at the Dunn Museum on Saturday, March 9, from 2–5 pm.

 
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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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Jan 25, 2019 11:11 AM

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross opens March 9

The work of legendary comic book artist, Alex Ross, is coming to the Dunn Museum in Libertyville.

 
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Thank you to ComEd, our 2018 STEM Education Partner!

ComEd’s $20,000 grant allowed the Forest Preserves to hire an additional staff member in our education department – the ComEd Science Instructor – to expand our capacity to serve Lake County youth in 2018.​

 
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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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Winter 2018 Horizons Magazine Available Online

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

 
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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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18-Month 2018-2019 Transitional Budget Approved

In order to continue moving toward the 100-Year Vision and Strategic Plan to preserve and sustain Lake County’s natural landscape, and extend community outreach and education...

 
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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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