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2014-2015 Events
  • Click here for a calendar view of our events, education programs and volunteer work days. Click on the event for specific details, location and directions.

Shakespeare on the Prairie: Citadel Theatre's "As You Like It"
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Thursday - Sunday
July 30 - August 2, 2015 

Join us for Shakespeare's "As You Like It", a pastoral comedy that follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court to find safety and, eventually love in the Forest of Arden. Lawn seating available; blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and refreshments are encouraged. Space is limited.

Members: $10/person
Non-members: $15/person 

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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. For event, entertainment and other underwriting opportunities click here.
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Please join us at one of the following sponsorship levels for Bagpipes & Bonfire and enjoy some of the benefits below. 

$750 Patron benefits:   PURCHASE NOW

  • Four tickets to the event;
  • Patron listing in the Bagpipes & Bonfire invitation;
  • One valet parking pass ON SITE (all general admission guest must take a shuttle from an off-site location) with special entrance and patron bar;                   
  • Family photo taken at the event.

$1,650 Order of the Tartan benefits:   PURCHASE NOW

  • 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, (relocated closer to parade ground) including special Tartan buffet and full bar.

$7,500 Grand Tartan:

§         Email for waitlist or sponsorship opportunities.


Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Run
Derwen Mawr and Skokie River Nature Preserve
Starting line behind Deerpath Middle School
Sunday, October 4, 2015
8:00 a.m. - noon

Enjoy a scenic run sponsored by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Running Club in partnership with Lake Forest Open Lands. This will be a green race managed to minimize its environmental impact. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome!
Registration information will be available in August. 

Native Tree Sale
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lake Forest Open Lands Association and the City of Lake Forest are partnering to offer a Native Tree Sale. 10-12 native tree varieties will be offered. All trees will be sold at discounted prices and a portion of the proceeds will go to plant trees and re-green our community’s open spaces.  

Story Time With Santa
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, December 6, 2015
noon - 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday cheer at this family fun 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!  
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