Lake County Forest Preserves & Discovery Museum

Created in 1958, the Lake County Forest Preserves & Discovery Museum offer groups a variety of educational programs that focus on environmental studies and history. Through hands-on activities, field trip programs at Lake County Forest Preserves aim to teach groups about ecology, 18th-century French voyageurs, the life cycles of plants, animal habitats, birds, insects, conservation, and more. At the Lake County Discovery Museum (re-opening in 2017), groups can learn about Lake County’s history and other topics in social studies through photographs, artifacts, and historical accounts. Museum programs allow groups to explore topics such as archaeology, Native American culture, the Underground Railroad, and early Lake County settlers. 
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Contact Info
Address: 1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, Illinois 60048. Lake County. Tel: 847-367-6640. Email: Website: Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-4:30PM, Sun. 1PM-4:30PM. Contact: 847-968-3321.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: PreK-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-4 hours. Cost: Fee.
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science, Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue