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2014-2015 Events
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Story Time with Santa
and Mariani Landscape Holiday Shoppe 
Sunday, December 7, 2014
noon - 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at this fun family event! Ride a horse-drawn wagon through the preserve with jolly old St. Nick. Listen to a seasonal story and craft a winter wildlife ornament. Indulge in delicious treats and join us for this wonderful winter tradition.
Visit the Mariani Landscape 'pop up' Holiday Shoppe which will feature a limited number of favorite handmade holiday decor, including wreaths, garland and prepared containers. 50% of the sales from Mariani's goods sold at the event will be donated to Lake Forest Open Lands. In addition, if you are a Lake Forest Open Lands member enjoy 10% off at the Mariani Landscape Holiday Shoppe, 300 Rockland Road, Lake Bluff, December 1-19!

Online pre-registration is no longer available. Please join us on Sunday: 
$65/member family
$130/non-member family (includes a year and a half family membership expiring 4/30/2016)
$165/non-member family (includes a year and a half family membership with dog walking privileges expiring 4/30/2016)

"The Play Out" 
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, April 26, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a complimentary day of outdoor activities and celebrate the importance of kids spending time in nature. Sparked by Chicago Wilderness' Leave No Child Inside initiative, "The Play Out" encourages families to get outside and enjoy a variety of activities promoting creativity and exploration in nature. 

Appropriate for children ages 3-13

Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale
Saturday, May 17th
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome in spring with Lake Forest Open Lands and The City of Lake Forest. A wide variety of native grasses, woodland wildflowers, prairie and savanna plants, shrubs and trees will be available for purchase. Arborists and plant specialists will be on hand to answer questions.
Garden kits and a selection of native trees will be available for pre-order. Pre-orders are available in limited quantities.


Bagpipes & Bonfire
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, September 27, 2015
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us for our 28th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Bring the whole family for an evening of games, fun, Scottish entertainment, picnic feast, wine, beer & spirits at the beautiful Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve. The evening culminates with the landing of kilted sky divers, a dramatic bagpipes procession and the lighting of the bonfire. For questions about the event please email or call 847.234.3880 x17.
Please join us at one of the following sponsorship levels for Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy some of the benefits below. 
Patron benefits: 
  • Four tickets to the event;
  • Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation; 
  • One valet parking pass on site with special entrance and patron bar;
  • Family photo taken at the event.
Order of the Tartan benefits:
  • All of the above plus;
  • Order of the Tartan listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation; 
  • Two additional tickets to the event for a total of 6 tickets;
  • Special Order of the Tartan Hospitality Tent, including special Tartan buffet and full bar.
Grand Tartan:
  • Listing as a Grand Tartan Sponsor on our invitation;
  • Special reserved tented seating area with an exclusive Scotch Bar;
  • Eight tickets to the event; Additional tickets are available at a discount;
  • 2 valet parking passes with one parking spot directly behind the tents!
  • Special entrance bar with a buffet dinner for you and your guests;
  • Special gift from Lake Forest Open Lands;
  • Professional family photo taken at the event.


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