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  • Native Tree Sale
    Saturday, October 30
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Mellody Farm Nature Preserve

    Pre-order is available through October 28. All pre-orders should be picked up at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve, 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest on Saturday, October 30 between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
    Quantities are limited!
  • School's Out Fall Adventure
    Gather for a nature story followed by a short hike and hands-on outdoor exploration.
    • Friday, October 22nd
    • Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    • Ages 6-8: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    • Ages 9-11: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
    • $40.00 per child
  • Family Campfire: Animals of the Night
    Enjoy an evening hike exploring the adaptations of animals as they prepare for winter. Our hike ends around the campfire with storytelling and s’mores.
    • Friday, October 29th
    • Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    • Recommended for families with children ages 3-12
    • 5:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Parent-Tot Nature Discovery
    Explore nature through play as we hop, splash and flutter along with the frogs and butterflies.
    • Age: 2 years with a parent or caregiver
    • 9:00-10:15 a.m.
    • Mondays, September 27 - Choose individual dates or sign up for all 3 weeks.
  • Story Time Adventure
    Connect your preschooler with the natural world through storytelling and hands-on exploration with our Story Time Adventure program.
    • Ages 3-4
    • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
    • September 10, 17, 24 – Choose individual days or sign up for all 3 weeks
  • After School Nature Explorers
    Investigate a new theme each week as we discover the plants and animals that call Lake Forest home and let curiosity guide our exploration of the natural world. 
    • Kindergarten- 2 grade
    • 4:00-5:15 p.m.
    • Mondays, September 7, 14, 28 - Choose individual days or sign up for all 3 weeks
  • Tuesday on the Trail
    We offer guided hikes on listed Tuesdays at a different LFOLA preserve. One of our experienced field educators will lead a small group on an interactive tour, highlighting the specific habitat, plants, trees, animals and birds that call the preserve home.

    Each hike will have a different focus and we will go in all seasons as the preserves are active, beautiful and alive throughout the year! While these hikes are free and open to all ages, we ask that you register ahead of time to reserve a spot. The groups will be kept small to enhance individual engagement and to adhere to safety precautions. Current COVID protocols observed.
  • Membership
    Memberships cover all members of your household. (Please scroll down to see all levels of membership.)
  • Annual Fund
    The Annual Fund makes our work possible. It allows us to:
    • Preserve, restore and actively manage over 800 acres of open space - rare savannas, woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and lakeshore ravines.
    • Provide six distinct nature preserve for everyone to enjoy and explore with over 13 miles trails open every day of the year.
    • Educate over 3,000 children annually through our environmental education programs.
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