Mellody Farm Nature Preserve  
Monday, November 23 - Friday, January 15, 2021

Guided programs can be adjusted to your schedule.

Self-guided program participants pick up an Adventure Kit and story book at Mellody Farm Nature Preserve.

Interested in a topic you don’t see? Please contact us to discuss developing a custom guided program.

Are you looking for a way to get outside with your children and experience the magic of nature during the busy holiday season? Lake Forest Open Lands offers two programs that help children appreciate nature in all seasons and give us a break from our screens. Both programs are offered either guided by our environmental educator or self-guided.

Story Time Adventure, for children ages 3 – 6, shares a nature-themed story and explores the outdoors through activities that bring the story to life.

Choose from the following weeks and topics for both guided and self-guided programs:

  • December 7:  Animal Camouflage
  • December 14: Squirrels and Chipmunks
  • December 21: Animal Homes and Tracks
  • December 28: Winter Birds
  • January 4: Animal Camouflage
  • January 11: Squirrels and Chipmunks

Guided programs

  • Offered Monday- Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 – 12:00 noon.
  • Maximum 6 people.
  • $25 per child for a 1.5-hour program.
  • You are welcome to drop your children with us or stay for the program. Covid guidelines apply, please wear masks!
  • Please register and fill out all checkout questions. We will get back to you to schedule your specific time.

Self-guided programs

  • Pick up your Story Book and Adventure Kit at Mellody Farm Preserve at your convenience. The materials (completely sanitized) will be ready with your name on them for you to pick up on the screened porch (west side of the north pink building) at our Mellody Farm Preserve, 350 N. Waukegan Road. You can keep them for up to a week as we know that children like to reread stories many times! You may return the materials there when you have completed your adventure.
  • Read the story to your child and set off down the trail with the help of your adventure kit to find the natural connections to the story.
  • Complete self-guided programs at any time and return Story Book and Adventure Kit when finished. 
  • When registering, please indicate the week that you would like. The topics are listed by week available.
  • $15 for one child and accompanying adult, $5 for each additional child


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