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2014-2015 Events
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Center for Conservation Leadership Certificate Ceremony 
Greenbelt Cultural Center
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. - noon

Join the Center for Conservation Leadership students as they present their inspirational stewardship projects. 
International Crane Foundation Co-Founder George Archibald will be our guest keynote speaker. For more information and to RSVP please email CCL@LFOLA.org or call 847.910.4610.
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"The Play Out" 
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, April 26, 2015
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the importance of kids spending time in nature at “The Play Out”. 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. An integral part of the event is "The Play Out Pledge"— a signed commitment by kids to spend two hours outside during Earth Day week-end. 

Join us for a complimentary day of outdoor activities including a natural obstacle course, shelter building, pond netting, tree climbing and much more.

Sign your pledge to spend two hours outside during Earth Day weekend (April 24 –26) and celebrate the importance of spending time in nature. Researchers are documenting the benefits of outdoor play for children including increased cognitive, social and emotional development and improved physical and mental well being.             

Appropriate for children ages 3-13.
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Cattails & Cocktails
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Friday, May 15, 2015

Join us for the Lake Forest Open Lands' Associate Board event, Cattails & Cocktails, held under the stars at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. Event includes dinner, dancing and a bourbon tasting. The evening includes a pre-sale of a selection of native trees and plants from our Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale. Proceeds will go to the Lake Forest Open Lands' intern program.

Advance pricing: $75/person by midnight on May 13th
Day of event pricing (after May 13th): $100/person.

Thank you to our sponsors
 
~GOLD SPONSORS~
~SILVER SPONSORS~
~BOURBON TASTING~
 
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Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale
Saturday, May 16th
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. Please click on the links for delivery and installation services.
 
Pre-orders are available in limited quantities. Click here for a full list of pre-order items available in our shopping cart. 

All pre-orders are to be picked up at the Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale, 350 North Waukegan Road, Lake Forest on Saturday, May 16th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

STARTER KITS:

Bird and Butterfly Starter Kit 
Price: $75
Click here to purchase
To make your garden more butterfly-friendly enhance a sunny location with these varieties: Northern Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Wild Bergamont (Monarda fistulosa), Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa).

Dry Prairie Starter Kit 
Price: $75
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This kit is suited for sunny sites with well drained soils. These flowers and grasses are colorful and low-maintenance: Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Nodding Onion (Allium Cernuum), Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsos palmata), Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera), Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), Early Wild Rose (Rosa blanda).

Semi-Shade Savanna Starter Kit 
Price: $75
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The garden kit has a variety of plants which do well in partial shade. This mix of flowering perennials is perfect for a woodland edge or open forest area. The semi-shade garden kit includes: Virginia Wild Rye (Elymus virginicus), Wild Garlic (Allium canadense), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Savanna Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa), Elm-leaved Goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia), Smooth Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum canaliculatum), Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), Prairie Willow (Salix humilis).

Woodland Ravine Starter Kit
Price: $75
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A lovely combo of sedges, ferns, perennials and shrubs for those cool shady spots. These plants will help turn degraded woodland areas into a woodland wonderland. The woodland ravine garden kit includes: Bottlebrush Grass (Hystrix patula), Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), Short's Aster (Aster shortii), Common Oak Sedge (Carex pensylvanica), Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum), Smooth Petunia (Ruellia strepens), Maple Leaf Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium).


TREES:




American Plum
Prunus americana
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 15'-25' x 15'-25'
Bloom Time: March
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade



Bitternut Hickory 
Carya cordiformis
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 30'-50'
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Green
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Black Oak
Quercus velutina
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 50'-60' x 50'-60'
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun


Black Walnut
Juglans nigra
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 75'-100' x 75'-100'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun


Bur Oak
Quercus macrocarpa
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 60'-80' x 60'-80'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun


Bur Oak 
Quercus macrocarpa
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 60'-80' x 60'-80'
Bloom Time: April 
Bloom Description: Yellow 
Sun: Full sun


Chinquapin Oak
Quercus muhlenbergii
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 50' x 50'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Yellow to Orange Brown
Sun: Full sun


Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 50'-80' x 20'-40'
Bloom Time: Non-Flowering
Bloom Description: Non-Flowering
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Ironwood
Ostrya virginiana
Size: 10 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 25'-40' x 20'-30'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Red-brown (male); light green (female)
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 35'-60' x 25'-35'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White to greenish-yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Quaking Aspen
Populus tremuloides
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 20'-50' x 10'-30'
Bloom Time: April
Sun: Full sun


Redbud
Cercis canadensis
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 20'-30' x 25'-35'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Redbud
Cercis canadensis
Size: 10 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 20'-30' x 25'-35'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Shingle Oak
Quercus imbricaria
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 40'-60' x 40'-60'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun


Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 50'-60' x 50'-60'
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green
Sun: Full sun


Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height: 50'
Bloom Time: Flowers in early summer
Bloom Description: Yellowish-green, large white flowers (blooms ~8-10 years old)
Sun: Full sun to partial shade


Sycamore
Platanus occidentalis
Size: 15 gallon
Price: $70
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Height x Spread: 40'-60' x 40'-60'
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Green 
Sun: Full sun to part shade

SHRUBS:




American Filbert
Corylus americana
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 10'-16' x 8'-13'
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Male-brown, Female-red
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
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Height x Spread: 6'-10' x 6'-10'
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade


Spicebush
Lindera benzoin
Size: 5 gallon
Price: $35
Click here to purchase
Height: 6'-12' x 6'-12  
Bloom Time: March
Bloom Description: Greenish yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade

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Savanna Bird Walk
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Saturday, June 6, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Register Now

Grab your binoculars and bird book and join Restoration Technician and avid birder, Luke Buckardt for an early morning birdwalk highlighting the breeding birds of Lake Forest. Coffee and light refreshments to follow.  

Members: $10/person
Non-members: $15/person
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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.
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
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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NEW DATE!
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. 
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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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