Facilities & Operations
A site of year-round activity, join us at the Operations and Public Safety facility. Located at Fourth Lake Forest Preserve, this facility is the heart of the operations for numerous preserve locations. Come learn what it takes to ensure the care of over 31,000 acres of land and the safety of the guests that enjoy the various preserves. Here you can tour the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police headquarters and view demonstrations of personal safety with our officers.
Natural Resources and Hydrology
The site of a former army base, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is one of only a few places in Lake County that offers free public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. Join Forest Preserve ecologists and landscape architects for a tour of the site’s important natural resources, hydrologic and ravine restoration projects, and an awe-inspiring lake overlook perched on a 70-foot high bluff. A National Historic Landmark, Fort Sheridan is also on one of North America’s busiest flyways for migratory birds—over 140 species of birds follow the shoreline of Lake Michigan as they migrate in the spring and fall.
Education & Recreation
Limited to 20 participants.
This paddle down the Des Plaines River, will offer nature exploration and scenic views of the river and the 31 mile Des Plaines River Trail bisecting the adjacent flat woods stretching from Wisconsin to Cook County. We will end our journey conveniently at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. Please wear appropriate shoes and attire.
Education & Recreation
Join us for a tour of the Lake County Forest Preserves General Offices. Centrally located in Libertyville, our tour will take you through our headquarters for Administration, Community Engagement & Partnerships, Education, Executive, Finance, Natural Resources, and Planning & Land Preservation departments. Our General Offices is also home to the Dunn Museum. Come along with one of our Museum staff members to learn about the entwined stories of people, events and nature through our exhibitions. The Dunn Museum is among only five percent of museums nationally to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, an industry mark of distinction.