Eileen Davis and Jan Ward, Environmental Educators, recently conducted separate water quality studies of two ponds in Lake County. Take a look at what they found.
A Tale of Two Ponds: Eileen
A Tale of Two Ponds: Jan
Stay curious and learn about local nature with Jan Ward, Environmental Educator.
Art, Arches and Forts
Fall Leaf Hunt
National Pollinators Month: Jan’s Garden
A bimonthly Q&A series featuring a panel of educators excited to share their expertise about Lake County nature and history.
April 14, 2021: Sustainable Landscaping
March 10, 2021: Maple Syruping
February 10, 2021: The Last Ice Age
January 13, 2021: Winter Tracking
December 9, 2020: Enjoying Winter in the Forest Preserves
November 25, 2020: All Things Preserves
October 30, 2020: Adlai Stevenson II
October 14, 2020: Play in the Preserves
September 30, 2020: Buckthorn Removal and Healthy Hedges
September 2, 2020: Nighttime Insects
August 19, 2020: Hummingbirds and Monarchs
August 5, 2020: Paddlesports
July 22, 2020: Turtle Talk
July 8, 2020: Weather
June 24, 2020: Semi-Aquatic Mammals
June 10, 2020: Nocturnal Animals
May 27, 2020: Birds and Native Plants
May 20, 2020: Backyard Birds and Native Plants
Photos, facts, and videos straight from the backyard bird feeder of Mark Hurley, Environmental Educator.
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Enjoy scenes from our Blanding's Turtle Recovery Program, an effort to boost local populations of the state endangered Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii).
Good Luck, Turt Reynolds!
Welcome to the Founders Circle
Learn timely facts and tidbits once a week about the wildlife you might see in the preserves, and in your yard or neighborhood.
We are stewards. Storytellers. Educators. Explorers. We are dedicated to sharing the entwined stories of people, events and nature through exhibitions, education and community engagement.
Bonner Heritage Farm Cider Press
Breaking Barriers | Women in the Military Exhibition Development
Collections Care | Applying Accession Numbers to Recent Donations with Paraloid B-72
Dunn Museum Holiday Sale 2020
Glaciers and Lake County, Illinois
Historymakers | Inroduction
Historymakers | Mettawa
Not DUNN Yet: Hominy Bread
Not DUNN Yet: Parker House Rolls
Not DUNN Yet: Soft Ginger Cookies
Rondout Train Robery
Spotlight on Collections Care
The First People
Travel Through Prehistoric Lake County, IL
Welcome to DunnTV
Enjoy peaceful winter scenes from the triple bird feeders of Mark Hurley, Environmental Educator II.
March 29. 2021
March 22, 2021
March 15, 2021
March 8, 2021
February 22, 2021
February 8, 2021
February 1, 2021
January 25, 2021
January 11, 2021
January 4, 2021
December 28, 2020
December 14, 2020
See how staff takes care of our education animals behind-the-scenes.
Fox Snake Shed
Hope You’re Owl Doing Well
Join Jenny Sazama, Environmental Educator, for fun nature activities designed for children ages 2–4.
Woolly Bear Caterpillars
Tag along with Mark Hurley, Environmental Educator, on his nature walks through the preserves to learn about the common and not-so-common plants and animals he finds.
Enjoy 60 seconds of serene scenes from the preserves.
Ryerson Woods: Part One
Ryerson Woods: Part Two
Van Patten Woods
Has quarantine meant spending a *lot* of time testing new recipes? Try stretching your child’s imagination with a different culinary space: a mud kitchen.
Creating a Mud Kitchen
Creating with Mud
Stocking a Mud Kitchen
Tag along with April Vaos, Environmental Educator, as she explores nature in her backyard.
Whose Scat is That?
Frogs and Toads
Want to walk in a preserve, but can’t get there right this moment? Try a soothing One-Minute Walk video to tide you over.
Ask An Educator
Coyote Choir Practice
Earth Week: Garbage Ball Activity
Earth Week: How You Can Help the Earth
Halloween Hikes Through the Years
Happy National Reptile Appreciation Day
Happy Thanksgiving from Tom Turkey
Happy World Frog Day
How to Identify Poison Ivy
How to Properly Plant a Tree
How to Remove Garlic Mustard
Make Snow Ice Cream
Virtual Program: Fishing at Independence Grove
Virtual Program: Profiles in Excellence
People love to paddle. Our staff know a lot of places to paddle. Sounds like a match.
Independence Grove Canoe Launch
Russel Road Canoe Launch
Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch
Sedge Meadow to Gowe Park, Part One
Sedge Meadow to Gowe Park, Part Two
Van Patten Woods
Hear seasonal messages from Angelo Kyle, President of the Lake County Forest Preserves.
A Message from President Kyle
Take a Breather
Take a break with short, relaxing nature videos.
Sycamore and Sky
Listen to children’s stories read by our educators.
National Tell a Story Day: Stellaluna
Story Time with April: “Jump!”
Learn more about Lake County's beautiful, native wildflowers with Eileen Davis and Mark Hurley, Environmental Educators.
Wildflower Walk at Ryerson Woods: Part One
Wildflower Walk at Ryerson Woods: Part Two
We love wildlife. Especially on Wednesdays.
Snowberry Clearwing Moth
Two Cranes and a Colt
Western Chorus Frogs Calling
What are the woods telling us? Have you ever stopped for a moment to listen? Our podcast, Words of the Woods, can help.
Season 2 Trailer: Welcome Back to the Woods
Words of the Woods Season 2: It's a Winter-ful Life
Learn more about our 2021 virtual summer camp offerings from our Education staff.
Welcome to Virtual Fishing Camp
Welcome to Virtual History Summer Camp
Welcome to Virtual Summer Camp
While you’re out walking the trails, why not learn something, too? Signs with trivia questions ranging from human and natural history to site-specific information will be placed along a designated trail for the entire month. The final sign provides information on where to find the answers.
2021 Trivia Trails
The one-way Trivia Trail begins at the parking lot trailhead and follows the 1.5-mile loop trail at Lyons Woods in Waukegan.
This one-way Trivia Trail is at Heron Creek in Lake Zurich.
This one-way Trivia Trail is at Rollins Savanna in Grayslake.
2020 Trivia Trails
The one-way Trivia Trail begins at the 1.3-mile wetland loop on the west side of Greenbelt in North Chicago. Park at Shelter B and follow the trailside signs.
The one-way Trivia Trail follows the 1.1-mile yellow loop at Fox River in Port Barrington. Park at Shelter B and follow the trailside signs.
This one-way Trivia Trail follows the inner 1.3-mile pink loop at Old School in Mettawa. Easiest access is from either the parking lot at the entrance or the Trails lot (first lot on the left as you drive the preserve road).