- 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.
- Theatre Hike produced by Citadel Theatre: Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
- Story Time With Santa: Saturday, December 7, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
- Bagpipes & Bonfire: Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4 - 7:00 p.m., Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Jenny and the Old House presented by Citadel Theatre
Thursday-Sunday, October 17 - 21
Celebrate autumn with a preserve-based play by local acting group, Citadel Theatre. Jenny and the Old House by Mark Adamczyk is a family-friendly performance appropriate for children ages 10 and under. Jenny is a big kid now and can do things on her own and make new friends. But one errand takes her and her friends past the Weaver house, the creepy old Weaver house, the creepy old Weaver house and it's getting dark! Oh, dear! Come and join Jenny and her friends as they travel through the Lake Forest Open Lands "neighborhood" and discover the truth about that creepy old house. Click here
to purchase your tickets today!
Story Time With Santa
Saturday, December 7
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for a family program including story time with Santa on a horse-drawn wagon ride through Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. Kids will learn about animal tracks and craft a winter wildlife ornament to take home. Registration will be available in the fall.
Non-Members: $100/family (includes a membership through 4/30/2015)
Day of Event Registration:
Non-Members: $110/family (includes a membership through 4/30/2015)
Join us for our 27th annual Bagpipes & Bonfire on Sunday, September 28, 2013. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of games, food, fun and Scottish entertainment 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.
Click here to view video from the 2012 event!
We hope you also enjoy the following video of Bagpipes & Bonfire from the skydiver's perspective: