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2014 Events
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Center for Conservation Leadership: Certificate Ceremony
1215 North Green Bay Road
North Chicago
 
Saturday, April 26 
9:00 a.m.-noon.

The Center for Conservation Leadership's Certificate Ceremony in April is a celebratory recognition of the CCL students' hard work and achievement. At this culminating activity in their year long conservation training program, the students present their individual stewardship projects undertaken in their own communities to family, friends, educators and those interested in conservation work and issues. It is exciting and inspirational to see how far these students have progressed during the CCL program.
 
For more information and to RSVP, contact Susie Hoffmann at 847.234.8388 or email
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"The Play Out"
Sunday, April 27
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. Join us for a complimentary day of outdoor activities including a natural obstacle course, shelter building, pond netting and much more. 

Pledge to spend two hours outside during Earth Day weekend (April 25 –27) 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. Sign "The Play Out" pledge today!

*Please help green our event: bring your own reusable water bottle.* 
Appropriate for children ages 3-13
 
Thank you to our sponsors:
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Lake Forest Open Lands Association: Annual Meeting
300 North Green Bay Road
Lake Forest
 
Wednesday, May 14
5:30 p.m.

Join us for the annual meeting of Lake Forest Open Lands Association. Open to members, program participants or anyone who would like to learn more about Lake Forest Open Lands.
 
RSVP by email or call 847.234.3880 x18
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Cattails & Cocktails
Friday, May 16
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join the Associate Board of Lake Forest Open Lands for an evening under the stars and preview the Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale. Dinner, drinks and bourbon tasting!
Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Advance pricing: $75/person by May 14th
Day of event pricing: $100/person
Reserve Now (Please note that invitations will be mailed on April 1st)
 
Thank you to our sponsors:

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Go Native! Plant & Tree Sale
Saturday, May 17
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.
Click here for a full list of plants, trees and shrubs available on the day of the sale.
 
Pre-Orders through May 1st: 

Native Garden Starter Kits 
Available for pre-order through May 1, 2014. Each kit consists of a variety of 8 different species in a flat totaling 18 plants all together. Four types of kits can be purchased, including Bird and Butterfly, Dry Prairie, Semi-Shade Savanna and Woodland Ravine garden kits. Priced at $75, native garden starter kits can be planted as a group or interspersed with other plantings. Pre-orders will be available for pick up at the Go Native! Plant & Tree sale at 350 N. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest on Saturday May 17, 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.


Bird and Butterfly Starter Kit
$75/kit
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 tuberose), Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Wild Bergamont (Monarda fistulosa), Mountain Mint (Pycnantheum virginianum), Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
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Dry Prairie Starter Kit
$75/kit 
This kit is suited for sunny sites with well drained soils. These flowers and grasses are colorful and low-maintenance: Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scorparium), Nodding Onion (Allium Cernuum), Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsos palmata), Pale Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium), Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera), Wild Petunia (Fuellia humilis), Early Wild Rose (Rosa blanda)
 



Semi-Shade Savanna Starter Kit
$75/kit
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: Canadian Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis), 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)
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Woodland Ravine Starter Kit
$75/kit
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)
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Trees: 




Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) 
$70/tree 
Size: 15 gallon 
Quantity available: 15 
* Growth Size – 80’H X 80’W 
* Growth Habit – Pyramidal to oval in   youth, broad crown when mature 
* Growth Rate – Slow 
* Fall Color – Yellow to Yellow/Brown
* Landscape Value – Large area tree
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Chinquapin Oak 
(Quercus muhlenbergii) 
$70/tree 
Size: 15 gallon 
Quantity available: 10 
* Growth Size – 50’H X 50’W 
* Growth Habit – Open, rounded         crown 
* Growth Rate – Medium 
* Fall Color – Yellow to Orange/Brown
* Landscape Value – Adapts well,  used in medium to large landscapes
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Swamp White Oak 
(Quercus bicolor) 
$70/size 
Size: 15 gallon 
Quantity available: 7 
* Growth Size – 60’H X 60’W 
* Growth Habit – Broad, Open and Round Crown
* Growth Rate – Slow
* Fall Color – Yellow/Bronze  
* Landscape Value – Great for open areas
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Pin Oak(Quercus palustris) 
$70/tree 
Size: 15 gallon 
Quantity available: 5
* Growth Size – 60’H X 30’W 
* Growth Habit – Pyramidal 
* Growth Rate – Medium 
* Fall Color – Bronze or Red 
* Landscape Value – Widely used however chlorosis can be a problem for homeowners
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Quaking Aspen 
(Populus tremuloides)  
$70/tree 
Size: 15 gallon 
Quantity available: 5 
* Growth Size – 40’H X 25’W 
* Growth Habit – Pyramidal and narrow when young, rounded crown at maturity 
* Growth Rate – Fast 
* Fall Color – A good yellow 
* Landscape Value – An interesting tree, known for its fluttering leaves in the wind
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Eastern White Pine 
(Pinus strobes) 
$70/tree 
Size: 15 gallon 
Quantity available:
* Growth Size – 70’H X 40”W 
* Growth Habit – Pyramidal in youth, more horizontal branching at maturity
* Growth Rate – Fast 
* Fall Color – None 
* Landscape Value – Great specimen 
for large properties
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Shrubs: 




American Filbert/Hazelnut 
(Corylus americana) 
$35/shrub
Size: 5 gallon 
Quantity available: 15 
* Growth Size – 10’H X 15’W 
* Growth Habit – Muli-stemmed shrub forming a rounded top 
* Growth Rate – Medium 
* Fall Color – Reddish tint 
* Landscape Value – Naturalized and nonformal areas
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Pagoda Dogwood
(Cornus alternifolia)
$35/shrub
 
Size: 10 gallon 
Quantity available:15 
* Growth Size – 20’H X 30’W 
* Growth Habit – Horizontal, Spreading low branched tree/shrub
* Growth Rate – Slow to Medium 
* Fall Color – Reddish purple 
* Landscape Value – Naturalized
areas
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Black Haw Viburnum 
(Viburnum prunifolium)
$35/shrub
 
Size: 10 gallon 
Quantity available:15 
* Growth Size – 15’H X 10’W 
* Growth Habit – Round headed tree or multi-stemmed shrub 
* Growth Rate – Slow to Medium 
* Fall Color -  Red to Bronze 
* Landscape Value – Small specimen tree, shrub border
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Historical Preserve Tour
Saturday, June 21
9:30-11:00  

Join Lake Forest Open Lands and the LF-LB Historical Society and discover the history and summer beauty of Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. Learn about the old Armour bridge, Jens Jensen pond and council ring and architecture of the J. Ogden Armour estate. Reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Members of Lake Forest Open Lands and the LF-LB Historical Society: $10/person 
Non-members: $15/person 
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Shakespeare in the Preserve: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Friday, July 25, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 5:00 p.m. 

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. This play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

Lawn seating available; blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged along with picnic dinners and bring your own refreshments. Recommended for adults or families with older children. Reservations will be available online May 1st and are strongly encouraged as space is limited.
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Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Run
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. 
 
 
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Bagpipes & Bonfire
Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve
Sunday, September 28
4 - 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 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:

  
 
 
 
 
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