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Forest Preserves offer events this month

Families looking for something to do as winter seems to linger have many options through the Lake County Forest Preserves. There are possibilities that provide educational alternatives or opportunities for a little exercise. Here are some options for events in February.​

• “Hikin’ Tykes: Voles” is geared for preschoolers with an adult. Children will listen to a nature-based story, participate in hands-on activities, do a craft and explore the outdoors, weather permitting. The event runs from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.  

• “History Hacked: Lincoln’s Lantern” is a program taking place from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Dunn Museum. Visitors are invited to gather on Lincoln’s birthday to learn about an object in the Dunn Museum collection that was once owned by Lincoln, his connections to Lake County and Lake County’s role in the Civil War. Registration is required for the event that is $3 for seniors and $6 for adults. 

• “Playdate with Nature” takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Lakewood-Winter Sports Area, 27277 Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda. The event is free and open to children of all ages. Adult supervision is required.

Before attending, program participants are asked to visit or call 847-968-3321 for registration requirements, program updates and cancellations.

For a full list of winter events and activities, visit To receive announcements via email about snow-dependent education and recreation programs in the forest preserves, contact

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