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  • Dig Earth!
    9:00 – noon | Saturday, April 24

    Masks and social distancing required
    Attendance limited according to current Lake County Covid guidelines
     
  • Conservation Cocktails: Ravines—Our Coastal Connection
    Friday, May 14
    6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

    While this program is free, we appreciate any donation.
    We suggest a donation of $10. This goes to support LFOLA education programs.

    We will send an email before the meeting with your Zoom meeting ID and password. 
     
    Not a member? Join here. We need you now more than ever! (Memberships good through 4/30/2021)
     
  • Cattails & Cocktails
    Evening on the Prairie Meadow Ticket: Friday, May 21 or Saturday, May 22
    $2,000 per group of 10 (limited to 8 per night)
     
    Cattails @ Home Sombrero Ticket: Thursday, May 20 - Sunday, May 23
    Orders must be placed by Tuesday, May 18
    $35/person for a fiesta dinner of three tacos + chips/salsa + a signature margarita (or other beverage). Limited to 75 tickets per night.
     
  • Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale
    Our Native Perennial Garden Kits, Seasonal Pollinator Kit, Milkweed kit, shrubs and trees are available for pre-order through Tuesday, May 18.

    All pre-orders can be picked up at Lake Forest Open Lands, 350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest on Saturday, May 22 between 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Or, better yet, purchase $600 or more and get free delivery from our LFOLA staff to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
     
  • Summer Program: Outdoor Explorers
    Each day of the week focuses on a different theme through a variety of outdoor activities. Each week we set out on new adventures based on these daily themes. Sign up for a day, a full week, or register for all the programs.
    • June 14- July 15 (5 weeks)
      • Ages 6-8 years: 9:00-11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday
      • Ages 9-11 years: 1:00-3:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday
    • $50 per child per day/ $175 for a full week (Monday-Thursday)
    • Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    • Limit 12 children per program
    Choose from a variety of program dates and topics based on your summer schedule and interests. Select the morning program for younger children and the afternoon program for older children.

    While we want to provide your child with a fun and memorable summer outdoor experience, your child’s safety is our biggest concern. Our programs follow current Covid guidelines outlined by the CDC and Lake County Health Department. We will keep you apprised of any changes.

    Registered participants will receive an information packet via email prior to the start of the programs. Information forms included in this packet need to be filled out and returned prior to the program start date.
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    Summer 2021 Programs- Refund/ Cancellation Policy
    Please notify us via email in order to receive a refund. Refunds apply to each individual person and each program registered. See details below:
    • Cancellations up to 1 week prior to the program start date: Full refund
    • Cancellations after 1 week prior to the program start date: 50% refund
    Lake Forest Open Lands reserves the right to cancel a program for safety or other reasons at our discretion. In this case, you will be notified of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program start date. Full refunds will be issued.
     
  • Summer Program: Story Time Adventure
    Nature-themed stories are brought to life through a series of guided sensory-based activities. Each week introduces a new story and topic. Choose the dates that work for you, or sign up for all programs.
    • Ages 3-5 years
    • 9:00- 10:30 a.m. - Fridays
    • June 18- July 16
    • $25 per child per program/ $110 for all 5 programs
    • Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    • Limit 12 children per program
    While we want to provide your child with a fun and memorable summer outdoor experience, your child’s safety is our biggest concern. Our programs follow current Covid guidelines outlined by the CDC and Lake County Health Department. We will keep you apprised of any changes.
     
    Registered families will receive an email prior to the program date with what to bring, where to meet and any additional information. Please fill out waivers included in this packet and bring them with you to the program.
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    Summer 2021 Programs- Refund/ Cancellation Policy
    Please notify us via email in order to receive a refund. Refunds apply to each individual person and each program registered. See details below:
    • Cancellations up to 1 week prior to the program start date: Full refund
    • Cancellations after 1 week prior to the program start date: 50% refund
    Lake Forest Open Lands reserves the right to cancel a program for safety or other reasons at our discretion. In this case, you will be notified of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program start date. Full refunds will be issued.
     
  • Summer Program: Junior Restoration Ecologists
    Learn about the impacts of invasive species and the benefits of native plants with this restoration-focused service learning opportunity. Choose the dates that work for you, or register for all programs.
    • Ages 11-15 years
    • 9:00 a.m.- Noon- Fridays
    • June 18- July 30 (7 weeks)
    • $50 per child per program/ $325 for all 7 programs
    • Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
    • Limit 12 participants per program
    While we want to provide your child with a fun and memorable summer outdoor experience, your child’s safety is our biggest concern. Our programs follow current Covid guidelines outlined by the CDC and Lake County Health Department. We will keep you apprised of any changes.
     
    Registered families will receive an email prior to the program date with what to bring, where to meet and any additional information. Please fill out waivers included in this packet and bring them with you to the program.
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    Summer 2021 Programs- Refund/ Cancellation Policy
    Please notify us via email in order to receive a refund. Refunds apply to each individual person and each program registered. See details below:
    • Cancellations up to 1 week prior to the program start date: Full refund
    • Cancellations after 1 week prior to the program start date: 50% refund
    Lake Forest Open Lands reserves the right to cancel a program for safety or other reasons at our discretion. In this case, you will be notified of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program start date. Full refunds will be issued.
     
  • Membership
    Memberships cover all members of your household. (Please scroll down to see all levels of membership.)
     
  • 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; bring a mask!
     
  • Summer Program: Family Nature Evenings
    Each Wednesday evening offers a new family outdoor adventure. Choose from a variety of program dates and topics based on your family’s schedule and interests, or sign up for all the programs.
    • Recommended for families with children ages 5-12 years
    • 5:30-7:00 p.m.- Wednesdays
    • $35 per family of 4/ $10 each additional person
    • Mellody Farm Preserve
    • Limit 20 participants per program
    While we want to provide your child with a fun and memorable summer outdoor experience, your child’s safety is our biggest concern. Our programs follow current Covid guidelines outlined by the CDC and Lake County Health Department. We will keep you apprised of any changes.
     
    Registered families will receive an email prior to the program date with what to bring, where to meet and any additional information. Please fill out waivers included in this packet and bring them with you to the program.
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    Summer 2021 Programs- Refund/ Cancellation Policy
    Please notify us via email in order to receive a refund. Refunds apply to each individual person and each program registered. See details below:
    • Cancellations up to 1 week prior to the program start date: Full refund
    • Cancellations after 1 week prior to the program start date: 50% refund
    Lake Forest Open Lands reserves the right to cancel a program for safety or other reasons at our discretion. In this case, you will be notified of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the program start date. Full refunds will be issued.
     
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