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2014 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.


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Little Trekkers
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Mondays, September 8-October 20 (no class October 13)
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Set out each week on a new adventure at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve searching for insects, following deer trails and learning about the natural world. This program is for the child that likes to explore, get muddy and make discoveries. For more information email education@LFOLA.org. 
 
Children ages 4 and 5
Members: $150
Non-members: $215 
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The Need for Seed
Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
Saturday, September 20th 
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
REGISTER

After enjoying the beauty, colors and smells of summer, join Lake Forest Open Lands for all the September harvest has to offer. We’ll start with a story, then explore the prairie and collect native seeds, have craft time and share one last plot twist! For more information email education@LFOLA.org.

Children ages 4-6
Members: $7
Non-members: $10
 

 
Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race
Saturday, September 21
8:00 a.m.-noon 

The Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Race is being hosted by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Running Club in partnership with Lake Forest Open Lands Association. Enjoy a scenic run through Derwen Mawr and Skokie River Nature Preserves in Lake Forest. This will be a green race managed to minimize its environmental impact. Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome!
A portion of all proceeds will benefit Lake Forest Open Lands' Center for Conservation Leadership. 
 
SPONSORED BY

Race Packets will be available on September 19 and 20 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. at Kiddle's Sporting Goods, 258 Market Square, Lake Forest, and on September 21 from 7:00-7:45 a.m. behind Deerpath Middle school. In person registration will also be available at those times. Online registration will end at midnight September 19, 2014
 
$35/runner ($2.50 CARA discount, $3.10 Online registration fee) 
 
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Bagpipes & Bonfire
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, September 28
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
Join us for our 27th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 28, 2014. 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. (Please note general admission event parking will be located at LFHS West Campus, 300 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, with continuous shuttle service to the check in area.)
 
PRESENTED BY

Silver Sponsor
Media Sponsors
                       
 
 
General Admission: PURCHASE NOW
Please note that reservations will be available online through Thursday, 9/25)
  • Members: $100/adult, $35/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free
  • Non-Members and all reservations made after Thursday, 9/25: $175/adult, $50/child (ages 4-20), 3 and under are free (includes a family membership to Lake Forest Open Lands)
$750 Patron benefits: (Click here to become a Patron)
  • 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.
$1,650 Order of the Tartan benefits: (Click here to become an Order of the Tartan)
  • 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.
$7,500 Grand Tartan: (SOLD OUT)
  • Email for waitlist or sponsorship opportunities. 
Enjoy a preview of our 2014 Bagpipes & Bonfire event: 

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Shop Your Cause
The Lake Forest Shop
265 Market Square
Lake Forest 

OPENING NIGHT:
Wednesday, October 8th 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
SHOPPING DAYS:
Wednesday, October 8 - Saturday, October 11 

A percentage of your purchases at The Lake Forest Shop from Wednesday, October 8 through Saturday, October 11th will go to the charity of your choice...Lake Forest Open Lands, we hope!



Native Tree Sale
Saturday, October 18
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.
 
Pre-orders available until 10/16/14:

Fringe Tree
Chionanthus virginicus (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
 
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile soils. Seldom needs pruning. Tolerant of air pollution and adapts well to urban settings. Intolerant of prolonged dry conditions.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
Bur Oak
Quercus macrocarpa (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
 
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist well-drained loams, but adapts to a wide range of soil conditions. Good drought tolerance. May take up to 35 years for this tree to bear a first crop of acorns.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
 
Bitternut Hickory
Carya cordiformis (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 

Best grown in humusy, rich, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best performance occurs in moist soils. Plants are generally intolerant of shade. This tree needs a large space within which to grow. It may be difficult to transplant because of long taproot.
More details in pre-order shopping cart. 


Hackberry
Celtis occidentalis (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
 
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates part shade. Also tolerates wind, many urban pollutants and a wide range of soil conditions, including both wet, dry and poor soils.
More details in pre-order shopping cart. 
 
 
Swamp White Oak
Quercus bicolor (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
Easily grown in average, medium to wet, acidic soil in full sun.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
 
 
 
 
 
Butternut
Juglans cinerea (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
 
Prefers moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Intolerant of shade. 
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
 
 
 
 
 
Chinquapin Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Although it primarily grows in dry, rocky soils in the wild, it seems to prefer moist fertile loams in cultivation. Relatively good drought tolerance. May take up to 30 years for this tree to bear a first crop of acorns.
More details in pre-order shopping cart. 
Black Walnut
Juglans nigra (15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
 
 
 
Prefers moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Intolerant of shade. Difficult to transplant because of deep taproot. May be grown for its edible nuts. Although young trees will sometimes begin producing nuts when only 4-6 years old, it usually takes 20 years before a tree will produce a large crop of nuts.
More details in pre-order shopping cart. 
Kentucky Coffee Tree
Gymnocladus dioica
(15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poorer soils and drought. Avoid heavy clays however. Also adapts well to urban conditions. Suckers to form colonies in the wild.
More details in pre-order shopping cart. 
 
 
Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana
(15 gallon)
$70/tree
 
 
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Somewhat wide range of soil tolerance, but prefers moist, sandy soils. Drought tolerant. Promptly remove root suckers unless naturalized effect is desired. Female trees need a male pollinator in order to set fruit.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.

Red Oak
Quercus rubra
(15 gallon)
$70/tree


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, acidic soil in full sun. Prefers fertile, sandy, finely-textured soils with good drainage.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
 
 
 
Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana
(10 gallon/30")
$37/tree
 
 
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, acidic, organically rich soils. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Promptly remove suckers to prevent colonial spread. Little pruning is required. Prune in early spring if necessary.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
Blackhaw Viburnum
Viburnum prunifolium (10 gallon/30")
$37/tree
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates drought. Prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year.
More details in pre-order shopping cart.
 
 
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Story Time with Santa
Saturday, December 6
1:00 - 3:00 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.

Online registration will be available in October and is available through Friday, December 5th:
$35 per member family
$100 per non-member family (includes a year and a half family membership expiring 4/30/2016)

Day of event registration on December 6th is $45 per member family and $110 per non-member family.
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