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  • Amber Burgess holds a bundle of freshly picked garlic mustard as more than 250 eighth-grade students from Fremont Elementary School headed into the Ray Lake Farms Forest Preserve behind their school Tuesday to remove invasive plant species as part of a community service project.

    Fremont students remove invasive plants from preserveMay 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 250 Fremont Middle School eighth-graders headed into Ray Lake Farms Forest Preserve behind their school Tuesday to remove invasive plant species as part of a community service project.

     
  • Take a tour:May 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    You can tour the historic Mettawa-area home of statesman Adlai E. Stevenson II on June 8.

     
  • Local author to be honored at nature symposiumMay 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Brushwood Center, formerly Friends of Ryerson Woods, will present its annual award for distinguished leadership in the world of nature to Joel Greenberg at the 31st annual Smith Nature Symposium to be held at Ryerson Woods on Saturday, May 17.

     
  • Michelle Guss of Lake Villa and her daughter, Ashley, 11, look for plants Sunday during the 17th annual Native Plant Sale hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserve at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville. Almost 1,500 people were expected to purchase native plants, trees and shrubs to support environmental education programs.

    Gardeners go native at Lake County plant saleMay 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A variety of native plants, flowers, grasses, shrubs, vines and trees were available for purchase Sunday at the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s 17th Annual Native Plant sale at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville. Almost 1,500 were expected to attend the two-day sale held over Mother’s Day weekend as a fundraiser to benefit the group’s environmental education programs and events.

     
  • Vernon Hills has put up a temporary turtle crossing sign on Hazeltime Drive in the upscale Greggs Landing subdivision.

    Vernon Hills trying to help turtles cross roads safelyMay 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Turtles aren't looking for nesting areas just yet, but as a pre-emptive strike, Vernon Hills has installed temporary turtle crossing signs to alert drivers on Hazeltime Drive in the Greggs Landing subdivision. The village this season wanted to improve their chances. “We did have a significant amount of carnage last year,” said David Brown, public works director and village engineer.

     
  • Rain barrel, native plant saleApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 60 varieties of sun-loving, shade-loving and savanna plants will be for sale May 10 and 11 at the North Bay Pavilion at Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Route 137 east of Milwaukee Avenue near Libertyville.

     
  • Enjoy a bird viewing experience:Apr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Almond Marsh in Grayslake, home to a great blue heron rookery and rare sedges is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through June (except Memorial Day weekend) for rookery and waterfowl observation.

     
  • Katherine Hamilton-Smith, director of cultural resources at the Lake County Forest Preserve District, discusses the fact that the Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home in Mettawa has been named a national historic landmark by the National Park Service.

    Stevenson home receives national historic landmark statusApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Adlai E. Stevenson II Historic Home in southeast Lake County has been named a national historic landmark by the National Park Service. The home, built in 1938 by Stevenson and his wife Ellen Borden, is in Wright Woods Forest Preserve in Mettawa. It’s owned by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

     
  • Jermy Dunivan of Infantree LLC, of Belleville, Ill., smiles after ringing the bell near the top of a tree while competing in the Belayed Speed Climb event Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.

    Arborists hold tree climbing contest in LibertyvilleApr 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Arborists Association held the Illinois Tree Climbing Championship Saturday at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field.

     
  • Rain barrels, plants for sale:Apr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District, Stormwater Management Commission and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County again will team up May 10 to sell rain barrels and compost bins and native plants.

     
  • Stevenson house honored:Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The historic Mettawa-area home of statesman Adlai Stevenson II has been designated a national historic landmark, officials revealed Wednesday.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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