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Horizons is the quarterly publication of your Lake County Forest Preserves, featuring articles on Lake County wildlife, natural and cultural history, Forest Preserve news and projects and a calendar of programs, exhibits and events.

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  • LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

    PRESERVATION, RESTORATION, EDUCATION AND RECREATION

    QUARTERLY spring 2013 VOLUME 22, ISSUE 2

    H O R I Z O N S

  • A MESSAGE from BOARD of COMMISSIONERSPRESIDENT

    Ann B. Maine, LincolnshireVICE PRESIDENT

    Linda Pedersen, AntiochTREASURER

    S. Michael Rummel, Lake ForestASSISTANT TREASURER

    Carol Calabresa, LibertyvillePat Carey, Grayslake Steve Carlson, Gurnee Bonnie Thomson Carter, InglesideMary Ross Cunningham, Waukegan Bill Durkin, Waukegan Sandra Hart, Lake BluffDiane Hewitt, WaukeganAaron Lawlor, Vernon Hills Steven W. Mandel, Highland ParkAudrey H. Nixon, North ChicagoDiana OKelly, MundeleinBrent Paxton, Zion Nick Sauer, Lake BarringtonDavid B. Stolman, Buffalo GroveCraig Taylor, Lake Zurich Tom Weber, Lake VillaTerry Wilke, Round Lake BeachEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Tom Hahn

    HORIZONS VOLUME 22, ISSUE 2 Spring 2013

    EDITOR Kara Martin kmartin@LCFPD.org

    CONTRIBUTING Allison Frederick

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    Kim Karpeles, Chip Williams

    SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES HOTLINE: 8479683335

    ANN B. MAINE PRESIDENT LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

    LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

    more than 30,000 acres are protected by the lake county forest preserves.

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    Photo and videos are periodically taken of people participating in Forest Preserve District programs and activities. All persons registering for Forest Preserve District programs/activities or using Forest Preserve property thereby agree that any photo or video taken by the Forest Preserve District may be used by the District for promotional purposes including its website, promotional videos, brochures, fliers and other publications without additional, prior notice or permission and without compensation to the participant.

    Reflecting on the past two years, I am impressed by how much we have accom-plished, and honored to have been chosen by my fellow Commissioners to continue to lead the Lake County Forest Preserves. Looking forward, I will continue to focus my efforts on completing and extending popular multi-use trail systems, restoring wetlands, prairies and forests and opening new preserves throughout the county. Im happy to report that 2013 is already a strong year for preservation, and exciting things are happening with regional trails.

    As part of a long-range effort, an addition to Pine Dunes in northern Lake County will help connect seven neighboring preserves, creating a network of natural lands and regional trail systems. The new land creates the opportunity for extensive public access improvements and wetland restoration efforts, and was selected to receive wetland mitigation funds by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Of greatest note is the potential for a connection between the Millennium Trail and the 31-mile Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT), which runs almost the complete length of the county from just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border to Deerfield.

    As this issues feature on page eight outlines, improvements to the Millennium Trail have been proceeding swiftly throughout the county, including trail extensions and several new underpasses, allowing safe travel across major roads.

    Regional trail corridors and associated greenways such as the Millennium Trail and the DPRT provide uninterrupted wildlife habitat, natural flood protection, improved regional transit and places for outdoor recreation. Ultimately, they help create future livable communities, contributing to the health and welfare of our region and its residents. I invite you to come sample the results of our work this spring. In addition, check out the leading story in this issue for help in planning outdoor adventures for your child this summer. Summer Camp programs are sprinkled throughout the county, so youre sure to find something nearby.

    Amidst all this activity, we say goodbye to our Executive Director, Tom Hahn, Finance Director, Bonnie McLeod, and Development Director, Mike Fenelon, each retiring this spring. Together they represent 60 years of experience working alongside the Board, Forest Preserve employees and Lake County residents to further our mission, protecting invaluable resources and providing a strong balance between conservation and recreation in preserves throughout the county. I hope you will join me in wishing them well as they embark on new horizons.

    On the cover: ruby-throated hummingbird

  • Sneak some learning into your childs summer adventures. Our Summer Camps meet the summer wishes of kids and parents alike, offering a wide variety of topics, from art to the ecology of fishing. Our highly trained education staff is experienced in supervision, safety techniques, and activity development.

    Research has demonstrated that time spent in nature fosters the healthy development of children. Most of our camps are held completely outdoors,

    and those that arent have components outside. Outdoor play helps children manage stress and become resilient. Natural spaces stimulate childrens limitless imaginations and foster creativity. Children who connect with nature may be more inventive and better problem-solvers due to the hands-on learning that local nature provides. Camp provides children with a safe, positive environment, which helps children grow.

    Summer is right around the corner, and more than 10 million children in the United States are preparing for the experience of a lifetimesummer camp.

    LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES 3

    connecting campers to lake countys cultural and natural resources

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    FOUR NEw CAMPSWe are offering four new camps this summer based on camper suggestions, featuring campers favorite activities as well as some new ones. From tug-of-war with invasive species to tracking wildlife, each camp is an exciting adventure!

    Explore and RestoreCampers will discover secrets of Lake Countys three major habitatswoodlands, wetlands and prairies. See what happens when nature is out of balance. Learn and practice restoration techniques and identify invasive plants. Campers will become stewards of the earth by helping to return these special places to healthier habitats.

    Discovering DinosaursDig into Lake Countys prehistoric history. Discover how big dinosaurs were (or how small!), what they ate and how they lived. Learn about the scientists who study them and what museums do with all those bones. Well do a mock dig for real fossils, create a fossil cast to take home and much more.

    Family CampThis camp is for all those caregivers who want to do what the kids get to do. Join us for insect netting, hiking, paddling and exploration outdoors. Resident sandhill cranes, bald eagles and beautiful patches of savanna make Fox River Forest Preserve an exciting location to explore. Create lifelong memories at this special camp created for families.

    Skulls, Scat and TracksIts not always easy to view wildlife in action. However, signs of animal activity are everywhere if you know how to look. This camp helps young explorers hone observation skills while interpreting signs that wildlife leaves behind.

    UNLEASH THE ARTIST wITHINOur art camps go beyond painting and drawing. In addition to common artistic mediums, art campers will explore mediums such as Japanese origami, weaving and dyeing with natural materials, impromptu theatre, art history and more.

    HISTORY COMES ALIVEDont overlook our history campstheyre not your average lessons. Obsessed with dinosaurs? Try our new Discovering Dinosaurs camp where youll dig for real fossils. Dont dig dinos? Become a History Detective! Examine documents and investigate facts to piece together clues from Lake Countys historical mysteries. Younger campers can become Pint-sized Farmers. Well look at magnificent machinery, plant crops and even meet a farm animal or two along the way.

    Looking for a full-day camp? Return to the 1830s and experience life as an early settler in Lake County at Heritage Camp. Dont miss out; our Heritage Camp rotates annually between Lake County Pioneers, Native Americans and French Voyageurs, and Prehistoric Lake County. The next chance to step into the shoes of an early settler wont be until 2016.

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    FRESH TOPICS FOR YEARS OF FUNOur camp topics vary each year, so your camper may attend camps from ages 4 through 15 without repeating a subject. For each camp season, however, the topic for each camp remains the same no matter the location. Therefore, we encourage you to register your child for one camp session per topic, per season only, to allow for greater service to the community.

    ADVENTURES IN NATUREYounger generations spend more time with their cell phones and earbuds than listening for the sounds of birdcalls and frog croaks. Through insect netting, exploration, nature-based crafts and exciting games, our nature camps stimulate childrens limitless imaginations and foster creativity. Rediscover nature through your childs eyes on a wildlife safari with Knee-high Naturalists. Uncover mysteries of the green world as Young Naturalists. Explore in the water, above ground and underground as an Eco Adventurer.

    Our full-day nature camps pair natural science concepts with outdoor recreation activities to make learning fun. Adventures in Nature campers learn outdoor skills, such as paddling, biking and wilderness survival. Fishing campers explore the watery world fish inhabit and learn the skills, techniques and lures needed to catch them.

    wEATHER-SAFE FACILITIESIts rare, but due to the outdoor setting of many camps and the unpredictability of Mother Nature, some sessions may be canceled when inclement weather strikes. Bonner Heritage Farm, Greenbelt Cultural Center, Lake County Discovery Museum, Lakewood Forest Preserve and Ryerson Woods all have ind