Happening in Education

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.

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Connect With History And Nature

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

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 »

Happening in Education

Thank you to ComEd!

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.



In-School Programs

School Programs

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.

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Scout Programs

Scout Programs

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.

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Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Our Summer Camps are designed for summer fun and learning. Camps are led by our professional educators. Our trained staff is experienced in supervision, safety techniques and activity development.

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Public Programs

Public Programs

Programming for adults, children and families includes hands-on workshops, storytelling, guided tours, lectures and seasonal events. On the first and third Thursdays of every month.

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Adult & Senior Programs

Adult & Senior Programs

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.

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Upcoming Events

There's always something to do in Lake County. Whether it be fun, relaxing, or educational, we have something for everyone.

Latest News

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