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In-person and virtual programs are available. Self-guided group visits can now be booked at the Dunn Museum on Wednesdays and Fridays at select times. To find out more, or to book a visit, email AskAnEducator@LCFPD.org.
In addition to our award-winning facilities and preserves, we also offer many programs and events throughout the year. Check the calendar to browse upcoming events and register online. For program updates outside of normal business hours, call 847-968-3113.
You'd be amazed at what a one-hour walk with one of our skilled and friendly naturalists will do for you. You'll see the woods through new eyes after joining one of our fun and casual programs. The wild places we explore are stunning: this isn't the Lake County you see from the highway. Treat yourself to wildflowers, maple syruping, bird songs and more.
Science Explorers in Nature inspires middle school students from underserved communities to embrace science and advanced education opportunities. Each year, 36 students participate in this free four-week program. Students conduct hands-on scientific experiments, explore Lake County’s biodiversity and participate in team learning activities. Learn more »
We would like to thank ComEd for their ongoing support as the Forest Preserves STEM education partner. ComEd’s most recent grant of $20,000 was used to expand the capacity of the education team by enabling us to hire a ComEd Science Instructor for 2019 and purchase of a classroom set of tablet computers.
The tablet computers will be incorporated into the Science Explorers in Nature and Conservation Explorers programs and will assist program participants in research, allowing them to capture and analyze data in the field.
Partnerships like these are critical to our education mission, and we are grateful to ComEd for extending our capacity to serve Lake County youth.
Our school programs are designed to support Illinois Learning Standards and can be customized to fit your needs. They offer hands-on learning, and feature experts and local historians.
Our scout programs are based on badge requirements and offered at a variety of sites and preserves. Programs offer hands-on learning incorporating science, history, art, and more.
Summer Adventures are designed for summer fun and learning. Programs are led by our professional educators. Our trained staff are experienced in supervision, safety techniques and activity development.
Our public programs are built for adults, children and families. Program opportunities include hands-on workshops, storytelling, guided tours, lectures and seasonal events.
A variety of history and environmental based programs are available to adult groups and taught by our Environmental Education staff and Dunn Museum Education staff.
There's always something to do in Lake County. Whether it be fun, relaxing, or educational, we have something for everyone.
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This place to me has been nothing but the best. I learned what it's like to have a paid work experience while at the same time gaining guidance and job skills training. This job, I feel, has prepared me mentally and physically for my real-world tasks.
- Cristobal, Student