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  • Five-year-old Nathan Mroczek of Lincolnshire looks at a red-eared slider turtle with is father, Tony, and sister, Leia, 10, during the Greet Education Animals program Sunday hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserve District at Ryerson Conversation Area near Riverwoods. The event kicked off a week of programs celebrating Earth Day.

    Lake County Forest Preserve District kicks off Earth Week with an animal meet-and-greetApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District held a “Meet and Greet Education Animals” event on Easter Sunday to kick off free Earth Week programs. During the program at the Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods, about 40 visitors saw live animals that included turtles, a tiger salamander, a fox snake and a screech owl.

     
  • Courtesy of Lake County Forest Preserve DistrictA wood frog with eggs.

    The SoapboxApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors sound off on topics as serene as hearing frogs in wetlands and as exciting as the Wolves coach's 700th win.

     
  • Annual arthritis walk:Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 12th annual Walk to Cure Arthritis Lake County will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26, at Old School Forest Preserve on St. Mary’s Road east of Libertyville.

     
  • Wood frogs appear to be making a comeback in Lake County.

    Frogs’ mating call is music to Lake County biologistsApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    An effort to reintroduce the wood frog into a Lake County forest preserve has met with success as the mating call was heard last week -- the first documented instance in about 25 years. “That was huge for us,” explained Allison Sacerdote, reintroduction biologist in the department of conservation at Lincoln Park Zoo. “That told us we had adults that survived to breeding age.”

     
  • Walk to Cure Arthritis set for April 26 in Lake CountyApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Arthritis Foundation has announced the 12th annual Walk to Cure Arthritis Lake County will be held on Saturday, April 26, at Old School Forest Preserve from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

     
  • Hastings Lake nature open house:Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is hosting a nature open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m., April 26 at the recently opened Hastings Lake Forest Preserve, 21155 W. Gelden Road, Lake Villa.

     
  • A new bathroom building installed at the Sedge Meadow Forest Preserve off Wadsworth Road features a patented technology designed to eliminate odors.

    Lake forest preserve invests in nose-friendly toiletsApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake County Forest Preserve District officials want visitors to have a better experience when nature calls. The district will be replacing 10 toilet structures that are 20 or more years old with odor-reducing "evaporator" facilities at the Greenbelt, Half Day, Old School and Van Patten Woods forest preserves. “If it's functioning correctly, there's no smell inside whatsoever,” Biological Mediation Systems LLC President Glenn Rachak said.

     
  • Boat slips on Lake Marie near Antioch before the Lake County Forest Preserve District took over the longtime camp ground.

    Lake forest preserve directive is to sell most Lake Marie pier rightsApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District has informally agreed sell 41 of 45 pier rights it acquired when it bought the former Lake Marie campground near Antioch. Whether eventual public access to the Lake Marie Forest Preserve will include boat docking facilities is to be determined.

     
  • The Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda.

    Lake County forest district considers how to leverage historyApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    From a 420 million year-old fossil unearthed in Lindenhurst to the Hazeltine 1500 computer used in the 1970s at Barat College, the Lake County Discovery Museum boasts a collection of priceless historical value. The Lake County Forest Preserve District, which has operted the museum from an old dairy farm near Wauconda since 1976, is assessing its future. “You only get to do this once and we want to do it right,” said forest board President Ann Maine.

     
  • Lake County forest preserve improvements plannedApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District board will meet Tuesday morning to discuss improvements at the Fox River Forest Preserve near Barrington and other issues.

     
  • Jeff Werfel

    Why aren’t there many contested races for Lake County Board seats?Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Of the seven Lake County Board seats up for election in November, only one has both a Democratic and Republican candidate running. The others are uncontested, with one party or the other not fielding a candidate. There typically haven been a few uncontested county board races each election, but the number this year is “more pronounced,” board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said.

     
  • Lake County Discovery Museum educator Nicole Stocker asks the audience to make comparisons between a mastodon and a woolly mammoth Tuesday during the Mighty Mastodons program at Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.

    Kids learn about Lake County's Ice Age inhabitants during programMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Around 45 kids ages 4 and up learned about animal life in Lake County more than 10,000 years ago during a Mighty Mastodons program Tuesday at the Ela Area Public Library in Lake Zurich.

     
  • Reidin Dintzner of Woodstock checks out photographs including a portrait of Igor Stravinsky during a tour of the photographic show of Arnold Newman Sunday at the Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda. The “Arnold Newman: Luminaries” exhibit runs through Aug. 17.

    Exhibit on portrait photographer continues into AugustMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Young artists participated in the Lake County Discover Museum's "Look, Learn, Create-Portrait of the Artist" program Sunday, and learned more about photographer Arnold Newman.

     
  • Brian Smith of Third Lake stocks the shelves of his Little Free Library. It sits in front of his house.

    More Little Free Libraries popping up in suburbsMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    This summer, young hikers at two Lake County forest preserves will find something new and unusual at the end of special trails — outdoor libraries. The decorative boxes full of books will be the suburbs’ latest Little Free Libraries — a growing effort that began in Wisconsin about five years ago and has expanded across the nation and the globe.

     
  • Nursery coordinator Kelly Schultz blows on Wood Rush to separate the seeds as she works with volunteer Ruth Frear of Beach Park the Lake County Forest Preserve District for the Native Seed Nursery at Rollins Savanna in Grayslake.

    Moving Picture: Elgin native collects native seedsMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kelly Schultz, much like the seeds she works with in Lake County Forest Preserves, started small. Her interest in environmental studies led her to small jobs in other suburban forest preserve districts, but now the Washington University grad runs the native seed nursery at the Rollins Savana Forest Preserve. The beauty is in the details for Schultz. "Understanding what it takes to grow the plant; how do the seeds germinate? What can we do to make them happier and healthier?”

     
  • Small but making a big statement, these blooms on a witch-hazel tree Wednesday are one of the traditional first signs of spring for Doris Taylor, manager of the plant clinic at Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

    Officially, winter gives way to spring todayMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal mildness, come,” poet James Thompson of Scotland wrote in 1728. But the kilt-friendly, Scottish winter of 1727-28 was nothing compared to our long-underwear-required suburban winter of discontent in 2013-14.

     
  • Renowned birder, artist and author is returning to Ryerson WoodsMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    On the heels of the release of his highly anticipated second edition of "The Sibley Guide to Birds," David Sibley will speak and sign books from 7 to 8 p.m. April 9 at Ryerson Woods.

     
  • Timothy S. Powell

    Lake County Board Dist. 6 candidates talk need for land Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jeff Werfel and Timothy Powell, hopefuls for the GOP nomination for the Lake County board District 6 seat, say there is no immediate need for a referendum to replenish forest preserve land acquisition funds.

     
  • Images of the Heartland:Mar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Artists 18 and older from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana are sought for a contest sponsored by the Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, in cooperation with the Lake County Discovery Museum.

     
  • Chuck Bartels, left, Cornelius Shanahan, center, and Terri Voss are candidates in the race for Lake County Board District 10 in the 2014 GOP primary.

    County GOP candidates talk prioritiesFeb 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The three Republican candidates for the Lake County Board’s 10th District seat have different priorities if they’re elected.

     
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