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June 2019

Special Event Sat, Jun 8 • 11 am

Beaubien Woods Celebration

Beaubien Woods • Chicago, IL 60827
reenactors in Civil War military uniforms
Special Event Sat, Jun 15 • 10 am

Juneteenth Celebration

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
Special Event Sat, Jun 22 • 11 am

Pride in the Preserves

Caldwell Woods • Chicago, IL 60646

July 2019

children building a shelter out of tree branches
Special Event Sat, Jul 13 • 10 am

Kids’ Fest

Wampum Lake • Cook County, IL 60476 (near Thornton)
kids inspect an insect in someone's hand
Special Event Thu, Jul 18 • 11 am

Insect Fest

Cummings Square • River Forest, IL 60305

August 2019

a person on an inflatable zip line run
Special Event Thu, Aug 1 • 12 pm

Teen Exploration Day

Powderhorn Lake • Burnham, IL 60633
mountain bikers on the Palos single track trails
Special Event Sun, Aug 4 • 9 am

CAMBr Meltdown

Pulaski Woods • Cook County, IL 60480 (near Willow Springs)
Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on cardinal flower at McCormick Woods. Photo by Fidencio Marbella.
Special Event Sat, Aug 17 • 9 am

Hummingbird Fest

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center • Lemont, IL 60439

September 2019

people watching a monarch butterfly
Special Event Sun, Sep 8 • 12 pm

Migrating Monarchs Celebration

Thatcher Woods Pavilion • River Forest, IL 60305
a person painting outside at Crabtree Nature Center
Special Event Sun, Sep 15 • 11 am

Art in Nature: Color the Preserves

Crabtree Nature Center • Barrington Hills, IL 60010
a large bonfire
Special Event Sat, Sep 21 • 3 pm

Party for the Preserves

Camp Bullfrog Lake • Willow Springs, IL 60480
a large bonfire
Special Event Sat, Sep 28 • 2 pm

Party for the Preserves

Deer Grove-East • Cook County, IL 60074 (near Palatine)

October 2019

a family in front of a wagon and wildflowers near the Little Red Schoolhouse building
Special Event Sun, Oct 6 • 9 am

Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480
children roasting marshmallows at Trailside Museum
Special Event Fri, Oct 11 • 5:30 pm

Halloween Hoot n’ Howl

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305
people in a canoe on Wampum Lake
Special Event Sat, Oct 12 • 1 pm

Fall Paddle Festival

Tower Road Boat Launch • Cook County, IL 60093 (near Winnetka)
two girls painting a pumpkin
Special Event Sun, Oct 20 • 10 am

Fall Festival

River Trail Nature Center • Northbrook, IL 60062

November 2019

Crabtree Nature Center building in Barrington Hills
Special Event Mon, Nov 11 • 8 am

The Transit of Mercury

Crabtree Nature Center • Barrington Hills, IL 60010
pioneer cabins at Sand Ridge Nature Center
Special Event Sun, Nov 24 • 10 am

47th Annual Settlers’ Day

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

December 2019

a replica pioneer wagon decorated for Christmas at Sand Ridge Nature Center
Special Event Sun, Dec 8 • 11 am

Christmas Past

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473
people playing various instruments at a blugrass jam at Trailside Museum
Special Event Sun, Dec 8 • 1 pm

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Thatcher Woods Pavilion • River Forest, IL 60305
people around a bonfire at Camp Shabbona Woods
Special Event Sat, Dec 14 • 4 pm

Winter Bonfire

Camp Shabbona Woods • South Holland, IL 60473

January 2020

people playing various instruments at a blugrass jam at Trailside Museum
Special Event Sun, Jan 12 • 1 pm

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Thatcher Woods Pavilion • River Forest, IL 60305

February 2020

people playing various instruments at a blugrass jam at Trailside Museum
Special Event Sun, Feb 9 • 1 pm

Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

Thatcher Woods Pavilion • River Forest, IL 60305
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