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Virtual education programs and summer camps offered

LIBERTYVILLE – Virtual nature and history programs, summer camps and digital resources are available through the Lake County Forest Preserves.

“While the state’s stay-at-home orders have forced the temporary cancellation of all in-person education programs and summer camps, our professional educators have developed many virtual programs, activities and digital resources for at-home learning,” Director of Education Nan Buckardt said in a news release. “Program series feature virtual wildflower walks, scavenger hunts, citizen science opportunities and viewing items from the Dunn Museum’s collections and archives. Some camps, such as Wetland Explorers, also feature a self-guided outdoor adventure component that families can do together.” 

“Backyard Birding” was one of the first virtual programs developed last month in response to the state’s first stay-at-home order.

Mark Hurley, environmental educator and volunteer coordinator, launched the program to assist people with detecting the species they see while birdwatching in their backyards.

“It’s fun, educational and a nice diversion,” Hurley said about sharing his photography and educational facts about birds visiting his home feeders on the Lake County Forest Preserves social media outlets. 

Browse virtual education offerings and register online at Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @LCFPD for more educational resources, webinars and videos.

Virtual summer camps

Although in-person summer camps running June 15 to Aug. 14 are canceled, many have been replaced with virtual camps to offer a balanced learning experience for children ages 6 to 14. Fees and schedules have been modified, and auxiliary activities provide at-home learning along with an outdoor adventure component. Browse virtual camps and register at

Help record history

As the principal steward of Lake County’s history, the Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville has launched a new project. “We are documenting the impact of the novel coronavirus disease in Lake County,” Buckardt said.

As part of the documentation project, the Dunn Museum over the coming weeks and months is collecting stories and photographs that demonstrate how COVID-19 is affecting the lives of Lake County residents, businesses and caregivers. “You can help us by sharing your personal experiences and digital photographs,” Buckardt said.

For guidelines on submitting materials and information, go to 

Dinosaur working to raise

funds for museum

Although the Dunn Museum is temporarily closed, the online museum store is open and selling its popular Dryptosaurus T-shirt, while supplies last. To order, go to Cost per shirt is $35 and includes tax and shipping. Proceeds from the sale support upcoming exhibitions.

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