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HORI Z ON S LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

PRESERVATION, RESTOR ATION , EDUCATION AN D RECRE ATION

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On the cover: It’s not every day you see a red-tailed hawk on the ground with captured prey—let alone a squirrel with black fur. This dark pignentation, or “melanism,” is seen occasionally in northern populations of eastern gray squirrel. nearly

31,000 acres are

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by the lake county forest preserves .

BOARD of COMMISSIONERS

A MESSAGE from

PRESIDENT

ANN B. MAINE PRESIDENT LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

VICE PRESIDENT

Ann B. Maine, Lincolnshire Linda Pedersen, Antioch TREASURER

S. Michael Rummel, Lake Forest

Experience-based learning changes lives. Getting young people into a setting where sight, sound, touch and smell enhance the subject matter makes lessons “stick.” The Lake County Forest Preserves offers just that type of rich, enhanced learning experience, in both outdoor and indoor settings. Teachers know the value of a good out-of-classroom excursion. In my experience as a college teacher I find it so exciting when students realize that they love something they haven’t tried or experienced before. Getting students out of their regular routine gives them the opportunity to learn, discover, and apply what they know in a different context. Forest Preserve field trips give students an authentic experience. Nature programs include outdoor exploration. History programs involve actual artifacts. Our programs emphasize the kind of hands-on activities not offered in a library or classroom. As a mom, I found that the experiential learning environment that is part of every Forest Preserve public program was available to my four sons when they were little. I took them to programs at Ryerson Woods, where they encountered animals and plants first hand, and learned about all their wonders. I took them to the Lake County Discovery Museum, where stories of Lake County’s history came to life through beautiful and curious objects from the Museum’s collections. They loved it all, and came to love also the richness of experience-based learning both outdoors in nature and in dynamic museum settings. In this issue of Horizons, you’ll learn more about the Lake County Discovery Museum’s transition to its new home in Libertyville. For the past 40 years, the Museum and its collections have been housed in 80-year-old converted farm buildings at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Starting September 1, the Museum will close at Lakewood and begin the big move to its new home (see pages 1–3 for details). While the Museum is closed, learning will not stop. Forest Preserve educators will continue to provide experience-based learning in the form of field trips and in-school programs for the 2016–2017 school year. Our professional educators work hard to make sure every field trip is engaging and memorable. What young people will find is that the outdoors can be the best kind of classroom and that age-old objects tell real-life stories about real people, just like themselves. That’s what experience-based learning is all about. I encourage everyone to discover what I have discovered through teaching and through just being a mom, that there is a big world out there, and the Lake County Forest Preserves can be your doorway to something new and marvelous!

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Audrey H. Nixon, North Chicago Chuck Bartels, Mundelein Carol Calabresa, Libertyville Steve Carlson, Gurnee Bonnie Thomson Carter, Ingleside Mary Ross Cunningham, Waukegan Bill Durkin, Waukegan Sandra Hart, Lake Bluff Diane Hewitt, Waukegan Aaron Lawlor, Vernon Hills Steven W. Mandel, Highland Park Sidney Mathias, Buffalo Grove Brent Paxton, Zion Nick Sauer, Lake Barrington Craig Taylor, Lake Zurich Tom Weber, Lake Villa Jeff Werfel, Grayslake Terry Wilke, Round Lake Beach EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ty Kovach

HORIZONS VOLUME 25, ISSUE 4

Fall 2016

EDITOR

Susan Hawkins, Horizons@LCFPD.org CONTRIBUTORS

Nan Buckardt PHOTOGRAPHY

Patrick Connolly (cover), Jenny Chase, Tim Elliott, Carol Freeman, Jeff Goldberg, Jonathan Hartsaw, Phil Hauck, Kim Karpeles, Bob London, Mauricio Mejia, Jim & Joan Sayre, Robert Visconti, Justin Wambold, Dahai Z SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES HOTLINE: 847–968–3335 Horizons is the quarterly publication of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Subscriptions are free. To subscribe, unsubscribe or update your address, call the hotline or email Horizons@LCFPD.org. Subscribers may also receive mailings from the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves. 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.


L A K E C O U N T Y D IS C OV E R Y M U S E U M

Makes the Move Most of us have experienced the looming task of moving to a new location. It can seem overwhelming­­—collecting boxes, sorting through belongings and carefully packing items. We load the boxes into vehicles to transport them to their new destination, hoping everything makes the trip safely and without damage. TRACK THE MOVE

» Check LCFPD.org/Museum for

We can relate! Our Lake County Discovery Mu-

progress updates and follow us on Facebook

seum staff will soon tackle the monumental task

@LakeCountyDiscovery Museum for reveals of never-

of moving the Museum’s historic collections from

before-displayed artifacts coming out of storage in preparation for the move. We’ll also share glimpses of the new exhibition designs. EVENTS AT LAKEWOOD

» The annual Farm Heritage

Festival, Civil War Days, and other special events will

Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda to its new home at the Lake County Forest Preserve General Offices in Libertyville.

continue to be held at Lakewood Forest Preserve.

On September 1, the Museum at Lakewood will close

For details, visit LCFPD.org/ Events .

its doors to the public, so that the process of packing each treasure and transporting them to their new home can begin. Our exhibit designers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and other crews are already preparing for their arrival, transforming the first floor and the lower level of the General Offices building to house and display the incoming collections.

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BET TER PR ESERV ING

Lake County History

Relocating the Lake County Discov-

Other enhancements include new ex-

THE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

ery Museum to a central location and

hibitions to tell the interwoven story

HAVE BEEN HOUSED IN

to a building where stable environ-

of Lake County’s natural and human

mental conditions suitable for historic

history, and an expanded special gal-

collections can be achieved has been

lery for hosting temporary exhibitions

80-YEAR-OLD CONVERTED FARM BUILDINGS AT

years in the making, and not without

on such topics as art, nature, history

LAKEWOOD SINCE 1976,

much consideration. In 2009, the

and popular culture. Dedicated class-

WHEN OPERATION OF THE

Forest Preserve Board purchased an

rooms will help us reach and teach

MUSEUM WAS TRANSFERRED

office building in Libertyville with the

more students, better accommodat-

express intent of consolidating Forest

ing school field trips and educational

Preserve staff offices, spread all over

outreach for all ages.

the county at that time, and relocat-

The new space also will feature a pub-

TO THE FOREST PRESERVES FROM THE COUNTY OF LAKE. WITH INSUFFICIENT

ing the Museum. Public surveys were

CONTROLS FOR LIGHTING,

conducted to gather ideas about how

TEMPERATURE, AND HUMIDITY, THESE FACILITIES

best to tell Lake County’s story in the new and expanded space.

lic research center and library where you can learn about the heritage of Lake County. You’ll be able to study Civil War era documents or diaries

The nationally accredited Lake

and learn about life in the 1860s,

County Discovery Museum—a distinc-

investigate your town history and

tion held by less than five percent of

view photographs that show how

HISTORIC COLLECTIONS. NOR

American museums—holds a treasure

it changed during the early 20th

DO THE SIZE AND LAYOUT OF

trove of history about our region.

century, or examine plat maps that

The new central location will provide

show property owned by early set-

convenient access for all Lake County

tlers. These are all treasures we are

residents and other visitors. Irreplace-

charged with preserving.

able collections will be protected with

In addition, the new location has

ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE LONG-TERM CARE OF

THE EXISTING MUSEUM MEET THE NEEDS OF A GROWING AND CHANGING LAKE COUNTY POPULATION.

precise temperature and humidity control, and security and fire suppression capabilities, preserving our cultural heritage for future generations to discover and enjoy.

enough space for a purpose-built collections care and storage facility to better preserve the distinguished collections the Museum holds in the public trust.

An o t h e r S t e p To wa r d O u r Vi s i o n This initiative is part of a larger strategic effort to rethink the Museum and align it with the District’s 100-year Vision for Lake County. Taking a forward-thinking view, the new Museum will blend Lake County’s natural and human history, and aim to significantly grow the number of people served each year. As part of the process, we will engage the broader community to consider new and innovative ways to continue to communicate the importance of preserving Lake County’s past, while inspiring future generations to care for the collections for the long-term. You can help support the new Museum! Contact the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves at 847-968-3110 to find out how.

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P A C K I N G

P R E C I O U S

C A R G O

The complex and delicate process

While the packing begins at the

of packing and moving Lake Coun-

Lakewood site, renovations will be

ty’s vast historic collections, which

ongoing in Libertyville. The new

include more than 20,000 artifacts

home of the collections will have a

and 12,500 archival materials, will

specially designed HVAC system,

begin this fall. Ranging in date from

which will provide the stable envi-

420 million years ago to today,

ronmental conditions needed to pre-

these treasures help convey the past

serve historic materials. New com-

and inform the future. This is pre-

pact shelving units will be installed.

cious cargo­— each item will be thor-

These units efficiently maximize the

oughly examined and its condition

use of space while providing safe

recorded, and each will receive a

and easy access to the collections.

unique bar code number before be-

Design work for the new exhibition

ing individually wrapped, carefully packed and moved. Once at the new collections facility, the process will be reversed­—staff will carefully unpack each box, individually unwrap each item, check bar codes, verify condition, and place each item in its new storage location.

galleries on the first floor of the General Offices building has begun. After the relocation, the Museum will have more than twice the gallery space for exhibitions and a more controlled environment to store collections. We will be able to feature items that have never been on display before, and even rotate artifacts within exhibits, providing more opportunities for public viewing. We are committed to preserving and telling Lake County’s story, both now and for future generations. The time is right for the Lake County Discovery Museum to make this major move, for the benefit of all, including the historic collections. We understand these changes are significant and we appreciate your patience during this time of transition and transformation. A grand opening of the new and re-envisioned Museum is anticipated in late 2017. TELLING LAKE COUNTY’S STORY » During the next year, our educators will be creating new field trip opportunities for schools, but we won’t stop there. We are also reaching into classrooms in the form of in-school programming to share Lake County’s history. After all, our Museum is not about a building or its location, it is about the many stories held and told by the historic collections. Educators visit classrooms with artifacts and activities on a variety of local history topics. Students can learn about the history of Lake County this year without ever boarding a bus. See page 15, visit LCFPD.org /Schools or contact Nicole Stocker at

nstocker@LCFPD.org or 847-968-3422 for more information.

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Special Feature

DES PLAINES RIVER TRAIL

THE DES PLAINES RIVER TRAIL CHALLENGE travel the entire 31.4–mile trail or make a donation and receive rewards

The Trail is Complete! We challenge you to travel it—the entire 31.4 miles, from start-to-finish.

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he final section of the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway was completed in late 2015. This fulfills a vision 54 years in the making for an unbroken greenway along the Des Plaines River that includes a contiguous trail spanning the length of the county—from Russell Road just south of the Wisconsin border to Lake Cook Road. Help celebrate this amazing gem by using it—all of it. Bike it. Boat it. Walk it or run it. Bring along family, friends, and your dogs, too. Or, you can make a donation to help us keep it clean and safe. We’re looking for fellow trail lovers to be ambassadors, supporting this Lake County treasure and spreading the word to others about its greatness.

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

Travel the entire trail between August 1 and November 30, 2016. Complete your journey by foot, bike or boat, your choice. Mix it up if you’d like. Travel the entire 31.4 miles all in one trip, or go back as many times as it takes to finish. Print the Challenge Log at LCFPD.org/DPRTChallenge to record your travel dates and lengths.

31

MILES

of trail nearly

10,000 ACRES

OF GREENWAY

ADD TO THE FUN Selfie Stop Watch for our fun stations along the way to pose alongside. Take a photo to prove you were there.


CHALLENGE REWARDS

Accept the Challenge and complete the entire trail or make a donation to receive bragging rights, a sense of fulfillment and, of course, our hearty congratulations. We’ll top that off with a commemorative “I Took the Challenge” sling bag and luggage tag.

To receive your commemorative prize and enter our raffle for more prizes, bring your completed Challenge Log to our General Offices in Libertyville, weekdays, 8 am–4:30 pm, 847-367-6640, by January 31, 2017.

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M CCLORY TRAIL / NORTH SHORE PATH Planned (L.C. Division of Transportation) PRAIRIE CROSSING TRAIL (L.C. Division of Transportation)

MILLENNIUM TRAIL Planned Section FORT HILL TRAIL Planned (L.C. Division of Transportation)

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PRESERVENEWS HABITAT HEROES

Third-graders from May Whitney Elementary in Lake Zurich have come to the rescue at Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve (Deer Park). In addition to learning science standards in the classroom, Mrs. Hosteland’s class is addressing an authentic environmental issue through investigation, research, and collaborative reports. These hardworking 8- and 9-year-olds presented solutions to the District 95 School Board and Lake County Forest Preserve officials, addressing invasive species.

STRESS BUSTERS

Need a safe, quiet place to escape from it all? Chances are, you’re less than 15 minutes from a peaceful, natural setting to relax and unwind for an hour or so. Even if you just pull into a preserve parking lot and roll down the window at lunchtime, you’ll feel better. But do stay for more if you can. Your forest preserves offer 202 miles of scenic trails for hiking and biking. Explore and enjoy a preserve near you. Find trail maps online at LCFPD.org/maps. SEASONAL GOLF SPECIALS

Comfortable temperatures make fall the best time for golfing. For seasonal rates and specials, follow our courses on Twitter, or visit LCFPD.org/golf and join our email club. 6 HORI ZONS QUARTERLY

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The final step of the project was to act on their solutions by removing an invasive species at a nearby forest preserve. At Cuba Marsh, volunteer steward, Shanté Kee, taught students how to identify and remove garlic mustard. Before they knew it, garbage bags were full. The kids even found and removed an old tire from the preserve. Students energetically shared that this was their favorite project of the year because they got to be outside and help wildlife. Do these kids inspire you? Lend a hand at a restoration workday. Teachers, visit LCFPD.org/School to find out how your classes can become habitat heroes.


HIKE LAKE COUNTY

HORIZONS RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Enjoy fall breezes and autumn colors while exploring designated “Hike Lake County” trails. Complete just seven of the hikes before November 30 and earn a commemorative shield. LCFPD.org/HLC

In a readership survey conducted last fall, you––our readers––told us Horizons was a top quality publication for content and design. Judges of the annual APEX competition for excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications agree. They recently presented Horizons an “Award of Excellence” in the printed newsletter category honoring the publication for its exceptional quality.

AAA BOND RATING AWARDED, TAXPAYERS SAVE $10 MILLION

We maintain a strong financial position with sound reserves, long-term replacement funds and moderate debt, which is why both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investor Services continue to assign us their highest rating. We are one of few recreation districts nationwide with a AAA bond rating, considered the gold standard in accounting and financial reporting. This superior rating helped us attain favorable interest rates on recent bond sales, saving taxpayers nearly $10 million.

STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE

LCFPD.org/vision

In collaboration with The Conservation Fund, we developed a Green Infrastructure Model and Strategy (GIMS), which will guide regional, local and site planning by agencies, corporations and citizens of Lake County. In 2015, the Forest Preserve Board adopted 13 strategic objectives, one of which is a commitment to develop partnerships to create three 10,000-acre complexes that provide large-scale habitats for woodland, grassland and wetlands species. The Lake County GIMS will aid the Forest Preserves and other agencies in planning and implementation efforts by providing a consistent modeling framework throughout the county, as well as a common vision for conservation of major landscape types. Learn more at LCFPD.org/conservation-projects.

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The Preservation Foundation is the charitable partner of the Lake County Forest Preserves. Gifts of all sizes are meaningful and help support projects and initiate programs that may otherwise go unfunded or take many years to complete. Learn more at LCFPD.org/Donate. FALL CLASSIC AT THUNDERHAWK

The second annual Fall Classic golf outing will be held in September at ThunderHawk Golf Club in Beach Park. In 2015, the inaugural event, organized by Preservation Foundation board member and CDW executive Stephen Braat, raised more than $23,000 for our education programs. LEARN ABOUT TURTLES AT THE ETHEL UNTERMYER CONSERVATION FORUM

TAKE THE DES PLAINES RIVER TRAIL CHALLENGE

Celebrate completion of the Des Plaines River Trail by using it––all of it! Bike it, boat it. Walk it or run it. Complete the trail all at once or in sections before November 30 and receive a high quality “I Took the Challenge” sling bag. See page 4 for details. You can also take the Challenge by making a tax-deductible donation to help with trail care and maintenance. There’s a significant trail upkeep cost to mow, trim tree limbs, repair, clean, and secure. A donation of any amount is meaningful. Des Plaines River Trail Champions at a $100 level or above will receive an “I Took the Challenge” sling bag as a thank you. 8 HORI ZONS QUARTERLY FALL 2 01 6

Help honor the founder of the Lake County Forest Preserves on Sunday, October 16, and learn about our leadership role in protecting Blanding’s turtles and other rare wildlife species. Adults will enjoy presentations by Forest Preserve Wildlife Biologist Gary Glowacki and other conservation scientists, and children will enjoy touching a Blanding’s turtle, doing turtle crafts and other educational activities. The event is free but registration is required­­—see page 13 for details.


Experience the fall hawk migration and see live raptors at Hawkfest, 1:30–4 pm, Saturday, October 15, at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve (Lake Forest). The event is free and open to all ages. Learn more at LCFPD.org/Hawkfest.

FORT SHERIDAN CEMETERY

Of the 40 named Army Cemeteries throughout the U.S. and its territories, only two are maintained by civilian agencies reporting to the Army. One of these two is located within Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve (Lake Forest), once an active Army base. Though now part of the preserve, the Fort Sheridan Cemetery remains under the direct supervision of the Army Commander at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, with maintenance provided by the Lake County Forest Preserves. As part of his role in caring for the cemetery, our Superintendent of Grounds, Greg Townsend, was invited to take part in the Army National Cemeteries Cemetery Responsible Officer (CRO) training recently held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Townsend is the first civilian to attend the training.

Join official raptor counters as they scan the skies and share their tips for identification. Help spot migrating raptors, and visit bird education stations to learn about raptor adaptations, the amazing world of woodpeckers, and waterfowl identification on Lake Michigan. See page 12 for more Hawkfest details.

FARM HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Celebrate Lake County’s rural roots at the 24th annual Farm Heritage Festival. Tractor parades, sheep herding, live music, wagon rides, petting zoo and more. Visit LCFPD.org/ FarmHeritage for a coupon good for $1 off admission. LAK E COUNTY FOR E ST PRES E RVES

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FALL CALENDAR Registration required for all programs unless otherwise indicated. For detailed program descriptions, specific meeting locations, directions and registration, visit LCFPD.org or call 847–968–3321. For updates outside of normal business hours, call 847-968-3113.

SEPTEMBER Thru Nov 30 Hike Lake County Hike seven of 12 designated trails throughout the county to earn a commemorative hiking shield. Details and materials: LCFPD.org/HLC. All ages. FREE. No registration required. 3, 10, 17, 24 Forest Fitness One-hour guided nature walk. Explore a new preserve each session.

Saturdays, 8–9 am, for weekly locations see LCFPD.org/FF. Adults. FREE. No registration required.

3 Walk with a Naturalist Explore a new preserve each month on this guided walk.

Saturday, 9–10:30 am, Grant Woods—Cedar Lake Road entrance. Adults. FREE. No registration required.

4, 11, 18, 25 Guided Hike Lake County Guided walk on the 2016 Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.

Sunday, 2–3:30 pm, for weekly locations see LCFPD.org/GuidedHLC. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

7 Habitat Walk for Seniors Explore some of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you walk. Walks are paced to the group’s ability and average 1.5 miles long.

Wednesday, 9–10:30 am, Waukegan Savanna. Seniors. FREE. No registration required.

7 Little Sprouts—All About Apples Learn about different types of apples, how they grow, and the best time to pick and eat them.

Wednesday, 10–11 am, Bonner Heritage Farm. Children ages 2–5, with an adult. $3 residents, $5 nonresidents, no charge for chaperones.

8 Connecting Kids with Nature Connect your kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn about the benefits of nature play.

Thursday, 10:30–11:45 am, Greenbelt Cultural Center. Children of all ages, caregivers. FREE. No registration required. A Lake County Nature Network Event.

10 Rx for Health­—Walking in Nature Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.

Saturday, 4–5:30 pm, Fort Sheridan. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

13 Hikin’ Tykes—Water Nature-based story, craft, and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.

Tuesday, 9:30–10:45 am, Independence Grove Visitors Center. Children ages 2-4, with an adult. $5 adult/$2 child residents, $7 adult/$3 child nonresidents.

16 Phenology and Photography Outdoor workshop for serious amateur photographers. Naturalists will guide you to the highest natural point in Lake County to enjoy the Full Harvest Moon. Along the way we will search for photo subjects of seasonal interest. Friday, 6–9 pm, Gander Mountain. Adults, youth ages 16 and older. $20 residents, $28 nonresidents. 17 Night Voyageur Paddle our 34-foot canoe while learning about the fur trade in 18th-century Lake County and the lives of the Voyageurs.

Saturday, 6–8 pm, Independence Grove—North Bay Pavilion. Adults, families with children ages 8 and up. $10 residents, $14 nonresidents.

20 Playdate with Nature Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for children of all ages.

Tuesday, 10:30 am–12 pm, Lakewood—Fitness Trails lot. Children of all ages, caregivers. FREE. No registration required. A Lake County Nature Network Event.

21 Little Sprouts—Crows in the Corn We’ll revisit the corn we planted earlier in the summer and learn all about this marvelous plant and its many uses.

Wednesday, 10–11 am, Bonner Heritage Farm. Children ages 2–5, with an adult. $3 residents, $5 nonresidents, no charge for chaperones.

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Taste the results of the Green Youth Farm: fresh produce organically grown in Greenbelt Forest Preserve (North Chicago) by local youth. Farm stand sales through October 12—see chicagobotanic.org /greenyouthfarm for details.

SEPTEMBER (continued) 22 Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours Learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark.

Thursday, 1–2 pm & 2:30–3:30 pm, Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home. Adults, families with children ages 8 and up. $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.

23 Community Campfire Friday Nights Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.

Friday, 7–9 pm, Greenbelt Cultural Center. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required. A Lake County Nature Network Event.

24 Walk on the Wildflower Side Uncover the secrets of wildflowers. Learn the folklore and healing powers they hold.

Saturday, 10 am–12 pm, Grant Woods—Monaville Road entrance. Adults, families with children ages 8 and up. $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.

24 Creature Collisions Wild animals collide with man-made structures and vehicles on a daily basis. Learn the reasons behind these accidents and how to help prevent them.

Saturday, 2–3 pm, Ryerson Woods Welcome Center. Adults. $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.

24 Rx for Health­—Walking in Nature Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.

Saturday, 4–5:30 pm, Pine Dunes. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

24–25 Farm Heritage Festival 24th annual family festival celebrates Lake County’s agricultural roots­. Tractor parade, sheep herding, wagon rides, animals and more—see LCFPD.org/farmheritage. Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–4 pm, Lakewood. Daily: $10 adults, $5 ages 4–17 and seniors; Weekend pass: $15 adults, $7 ages 4–17 and seniors. Children 3 and under FREE. No registration required. Purchase tickets online and save $1. SEP 28–NOV 2 TreeKeepers Take an in-depth look at urban trees and their care in this multi-session, award-winning certificate program. Gain hands-on experience from regional tree experts.

Wednesdays, September 28, October 12, 26, November 2, 6:30–9 pm, and Saturdays, October 1, 8, 15, November 5, 1–4:30 pm. Ryerson Woods Welcome Center. Adults. $80 residents, $95 nonresidents.

OCTOBER OCT 1–31 Ethel’s Poet-Tree Help us honor the late Ethel Untermyer (1925-2009), leader of the 1958 referendum founding the Lake County Forest Preserve District, by writing a short poem and hanging it on “Ethel’s Poet-Tree,” which will be on display for the month of October at the Ryerson Woods Welcome Center. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Forest Fitness One-hour guided nature walk. Explore a new preserve each session.

Saturdays, 8–9 am, for weekly locations see LCFPD.org/FF. Adults. FREE. No registration required.

1 Walk with a Naturalist Explore a new preserve each month on this guided walk.

Saturday, 9–10:30 am, Prairie Wolf—Route 22 entrance. Adults. FREE. No registration required.

1 Make a Difference for Wildlife Workday Learn the benefits of native plants, how to identify native species, and participate in a habitat restoration workday.

Saturday, 10 am–12 pm, Hastings Lake—Shelter A. Families with children ages 8 and up. $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.

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Registration required for all programs unless otherwise indicated. For detailed program descriptions, specific meeting locations, directions and registration, visit LCFPD.org or call 847–968–3321. For updates outside of normal business hours, call 847-968-3113.

OCTOBER (continued) 2 Fall Color Hike Celebrate “OAKtober” and learn about why leaves change color and how critters adapt to the coming cold weather on this oak woodland hike.

Sunday, 11 am–12 pm, Ryerson Woods—Classroom Cabins. All ages. Adult supervision required. $5 adult/$1 child residents, $7 adult/$2 child nonresidents.

2, 9, 16, 30 Guided Hike Lake County Guided walk on the 2016 Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.

Sunday, 2–3:30 pm, for weekly locations see LCFPD.org/GuidedHLC. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

5 Habitat Walk for Seniors Explore some of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you walk. Walks are paced to the group’s ability and average 1.5 miles long.

Wednesday, 9–10:30 am, Ryerson Woods Welcome Center. Seniors. FREE. No registration required.

5 Little Sprouts—Harvest Hoe-Down Help pick the last vegetables of the season and prepare the garden for winter. Then celebrate with songs and games.

Wednesday, 10–11 am, Bonner Heritage Farm. Children ages 2–5, with an adult. $3 residents, $5 nonresidents, no charge for chaperones.

10 Scout Monday—Fur, Feathers and Ferns Badge Scout badges for individual scouts or troops with less than six members.

Monday, 10–11 am, Independence Grove Visitors Center. Bear Scouts. $6 residents, $8 nonresidents.

10 Playdate with Nature Move your kids outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities, proven healthful and beneficial for children of all ages.

Monday, 10:30 am–12 pm, Lyons Woods. Children of all ages, caregivers. FREE. No registration required. A Lake County Nature Network Event.

11 Hikin’ Tykes—Woodpeckers Nature-based story, craft, and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.

Tuesday, 9:30–10:45 am, Ryerson Woods Welcome Center. Children ages 2-4, with an adult. $5 adult/$2 child residents, $7 adult/$3 child nonresidents.

13 Connecting Kids with Nature Connect your kids with nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn about the benefits of nature play.

Thursday, 10:30–11:45 am, Greenbelt Cultural Center. Children of all ages, caregivers. FREE. No registration required. A Lake County Nature Network Event.

Lake County Hawkfest Free Morning Bird Walks, Hawk Identification, Raptor Photography, Bird Photography, Birding Lake County, Bird Rehabilitation. 14 Illinois Hawk Watching Explore the history of hawk watching in northern Illinois with experts, Dave Johnson and Vic Berardi.

Friday, 7:15–9 pm, Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College. Ages 12 and up. Adult supervision required. $7.

15 Lake County Hawkfest Event Join us for free bird fun at Fort Sheridan. See live raptors, help identify migrating raptors and visit bird education stations set up along the trails.

Saturday, 1:30–4 pm, Fort Sheridan. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

15 Free Morning Bird Walks Join us on an expert-led bird walk at two different preserves.

Saturday, 7–8:30 am, Middlefork Savanna or Fort Sheridan. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE.

15 Hawk Identification Vic Berardi will discuss the nuances of hawk identification, using stunning photographs to differentiate species.

Saturday, 9:15–10:15 am, Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College. Ages 12 and up. $7.

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The final section of the Des Plaines River Trail was completed in late 2015. Help us celebrate this amazing gem by using it—all of it. Bike it. Boat it. Walk it or run it. Take the Des Plaines River Trail Challenge and travel the entire 31.4-mile trail between August 1 and November 30, 2016—see pages 4-5 for details.

OCTOBER (continued) 15 Raptor Photography Join Vic Berardi, one of the best hawk photographers in Illinois, as he shares tips and tricks for getting the perfect photo.

Saturday, 10:30–11 am, Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College. Ages 12 and up. $5.

15 Bird Photography Join local bird photography expert Mike Trahan to learn how to take great bird photos in a variety of settings.

Saturday, 11:15 am–12:15 pm, Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College. Ages 12 and up. $7.

15 Birding Lake County Join birding expert Nan Buckardt to discover favorite spots in Lake County to look for birds in all seasons.

Saturday, 1–2 pm, Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College. Ages 12 and up. $7.

15 Bird Rehabilitation Meet some local raptors as licensed rehabilitator Dawn Keller shares stories about the challenges and successes of bird rehabilitation.

Saturday, 2:15–3:15 pm, Lily Reid Holt Chapel, Lake Forest College. Ages 12 and up. $7.

15 Rx for Health—Walking in Nature Join a health professional and an educator on this walk to explore the preserve as we improve our health.

Saturday, 4–5:30 pm, Wright Woods. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

16 2016 Ethel Untermyer Forum Championing Wildlife: A Conservation Success Story Learn about our efforts to protect endangered species that make the forest preserves their home. We will highlight our Blanding’s turtle work, which has led to the creation of a successful protocol that has increased and stabilized its population. This protocol is quickly becoming the “gold standard” for Blanding’s turtle work and is happily shared with other agencies. A special kids-only turtle program will be offered to children 5–12 during the adult presentation. Sunday, 1:30–3 pm, Ryerson Woods Welcome Center. Families with children ages 5 and up. FREE. 20 Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours Learn about this Illinois governor and ambassador to the United Nations as you tour his home, a National Historic Landmark.

Thursday, 1–2 pm & 2:30–3:30 pm, Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home. Adults, families with children ages 8 and up. $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.

21–22 Halloween Hikes Join a guided group hike along a candlelit path to watch fun nature-themed skits, followed by donuts and cider. Not scary. Even your littlest will enjoy this family favorite. Friday & Saturday. Hikes begin every 30 minutes from 6–8 pm. Total event time 90 minutes. Total distance walked is about 1.5 miles. Ryerson Woods. All ages. $9 residents, $11 nonresidents. 28 Community Campfire Friday Nights Bring your friends and family to roast marshmallows, share stories and enjoy nature at night.

Friday, 7–9 pm, Greenbelt Cultural Center. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required. A Lake County Nature Network Event.

NOVEMBER 2 Habitat Walk for Seniors Explore some of the many habitats found in Lake County, learning as you walk. Walks are paced to the group’s ability and average 1.5 miles long.

Wednesday, 9–10:30 am, Cuba Marsh. Seniors. FREE. No registration required.

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Registration required for all programs unless otherwise indicated. For detailed program descriptions, specific meeting locations, directions and registration, visit LCFPD.org or call 847–968–3321. For updates outside of normal business hours, call 847-968-3113.

NOVEMBER (continued) 5, 12, 19, 26 Forest Fitness One-hour guided nature walk. Explore a new preserve each session.

Saturdays, 8–9 am, for weekly locations see LCFPD.org/FF. Adults. FREE. No registration required.

5 Walk with a Naturalist Explore a new preserve each month on this guided walk.

Saturday, 9–10:30 am, Lakewood—Lake County Discovery Museum lot. Adults. FREE. No registration required.

6, 13 Guided Hike Lake County Guided walk on the 2016 Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.

Sunday, 2–3:30 pm, for weekly locations see LCFPD.org/GuidedHLC. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

8 Hikin’ Tykes—White-Tailed Deer Nature-based story, craft, and outdoor exploration for you and your preschool child.

Tuesday, 9:30–10:45 am, Greenbelt Cultural Center. Children ages 2-4, with an adult. $5 adult/$2 child residents, $7 adult/$3 child nonresidents.

13 Waterfowl Migration Join a naturalist to observe and identify waterfowl during fall migration.

Sunday, 9–10 am, Almond Marsh All ages. Adult supervision required. $5 residents, $7 nonresidents.

13 Guided Hike Lake County Guided walk on this year’s Hike Lake County trails. Walk a new trail each session.

Sunday, 2–3:30 pm, Wright Woods. All ages. Adult supervision required. FREE. No registration required.

19 Scout Saturday—Reptile and Amphibian Merit Badge Discover the reptiles and amphibians that live in Lake County as you earn your Merit Badge.

Saturday, 1–5 pm, Ryerson Woods—Classroom Cabins. Ages 10–17. $20 residents, $28 nonresidents.

20 Thanksgiving for Nature Scavenger Hunt Discover what we should be thankful for in nature. Find clues along the trail in this self-paced activity.

Sunday, 1–3 pm, Greenbelt Cultural Center. Activity is selfpaced—arrive any time to start exploring. All ages. $2 residents, $3 nonresidents. Registration recommended.

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS­ ­ September 11–November 6 Invasive Plants in the Natural Landscape Introduced species and garden escapees have an impact on the natural landscape, affecting the survival of native plants, birds and other wildlife. The Reed Turner Botanical Artist exhibit depicts some of those plants in watercolor, graphite and colored pencil. Artist Reception Sunday, Sept. 11, 1–3 Brushwood Gallery, Ryerson Woods

November 13–December 23 Foliage and Feathers Explore Tammy Kordik’s three dimensional paintings of foliage that literally leap off the canvas. Watercolorist Frances Vail makes a detailed study of birds’ wings. Artist Reception Sunday, November 13, 1–3 pm Brushwood Gallery, Ryerson Woods

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LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

Museum Set to Close, Transition to New Location On September 1, Lake County Discovery Museum will close its doors at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, pack up its vast collections and move to its new Libertyville location. The new home provides several enhancements, including a central location in Lake County accessible by public transportation; a purpose built collections care facility, public research center and library; new and expanded exhibitions to tell Lake County’s story; and expanded special exhibition galleries. A grand opening is anticipated in late 2017.

So, what does this mean for Museum field trips and school programs?

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After closing our Wauconda location, we will continue to offer educational programming to schools in the form of in-school programs. For those of you who have not utilized this service before—our educators come to your classroom with artifacts and activities on a variety of local history topics. In addition, limited history field trip and scout opportunities will be available at select Forest Preserve facilities. Forest Preserve educators will offer environmental field trips, in-school and scout programs as usual.

Sign up for our educator

New field trip opportunities and educational programs for Lake County residents of all ages are in the works. We look forward to sharing these developments in upcoming issues of Horizons, on our website LCFPD.org, and on Facebook and Twitter @LCFPD. In the meantime, feel free to contact our Museum educator Nicole Stocker with questions or comments regarding Museum school and scout programs at 847-9683422, or nstocker@LCFPD.org.

e-newsletter to receive the latest information on our field trip and school programs year-round. Browse 2016–17 programs and subscribe to our School & Scout e-newsletter online at LCFPD.org/School.

FIELD TRIPS Bring your students into nature’s classroom, where the learning comes easy surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors. Visit Ryerson Woods, Greenbelt Cultural Center, Hastings Lake, Lakewood or Van Patten Woods to explore animal homes, plant life cycles, animal adaptations, and more. Teachers can pair history programs on pioneers or native peoples with environmental programs like Maple Syruping, or schedule a Native American Lifestyles program in conjunction with Lives of the Voyageurs.

We offer expertly guided, hands-on school and scout programs throughout Lake County.

IN-SCHOOL PROGRAMS Let our history and environmental educators come to your classroom with live animals, historical artifacts, and other educational tools and activities on a variety of nature and local history topics. In-school topics include birds of prey, dinosaurs, butterflies, bats, and Lake County history to name a few.  Reservations are taken by phone at 847-968-3321, weekdays, 8 am–4:30 pm.

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SPECIAL FACILITIES Directory GENERAL OFFICES

OPERATIONS AND PUBLIC SAFETY

1899 West Winchester Road Libertyville, Illinois 60048

19808 West Grand Avenue Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

847-367-6640 tel 847-367-6649 fax 847-968-3155 TDD

847-968-3411 tel (Operations) 847-968-3404 tel (Public Safety) 847-968-3116 fax

8 am –4:30 pm, Monday–Friday

6:30 am –3 pm, Monday–Friday

911 emergency 847–549–5200 nonemergency public safety issues

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THUNDERHAWK GOLF CLUB

16400 West Buckley Road Libertyville, Illinois 60048

21950 North Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, Illinois 60015

A Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship golf course

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847–968–3320

39700 North Lewis Avenue Beach Park, Illinois 60099

IndependenceGrove.org Visitors Center Hours 9 AM–4:30 PM, unless otherwise posted For beach, marina and café seasonal hours and fees visit our website. Parking Fee Lake County residents FREE Nonresidents $5 per car Monday–Thursday $10 per car Friday–Sunday and holidays Vehicle window stickers allow entry without stopping to verify residency. Fee is $5, available at the Visitors Center. FOX RIVER MARINA 28500 West Roberts Road Port Barrington, Illinois 60010 847–381–0669 FoxRiverMarina.org

LCFPD.org/Ryerson Welcome Center Hours 9 AM–5 PM, Tuesday–Saturday 11 AM–4 PM, Sundays Restroom only, Mondays Brushwood Center Hours 9 AM–3 PM, Monday–Thursday 1–3 PM Sundays, or by appointment GREENBELT CULTURAL CENTER 1215 Green Bay Road North Chicago, Illinois 60064 847–968–3477 GreenbeltCulturalCenter.org Office Hours

Tee Times Golf Gift Cards Golf Outings Banquets

ThunderHawkGolfClub.org BRAE LOCH GOLF CLUB 33600 North US Highway 45 Grayslake, Illinois 60030 847–968–3100 847–968–3441 847–489–1931 847–247–1119

Tee Times Golf Gift Cards Golf Outings Banquets

BraeLochGolfClub.org COUNTRYSIDE GOLF CLUB

11 AM–5 PM, Tuesday–Friday

Prairie & Traditional Courses

LAKE COUNTY DISCOVERY MUSEUM

20800 West Hawley Street Mundelein, Illinois 60060

27277 North Forest Preserve Road Wauconda, Illinois 60084

Boat Launch & Marina Hours

847–968–3400 Main 847–968–3381 Archives, Research

For hours and fees visit our website.

LakeCountyDiscoveryMuseum.org

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Museum Gallery Hours 10 AM–4:30 PM, Monday–Saturday 1–4:30 PM, Sunday FREE ADMISSION through August 31. Museum closing September 1. Reopening in late 2017 at new Libertyville location.

847–968–3100 Tee Times 847–968–3441 Golf Gift Cards 847–489–1931 Golf Outings CountrysideGolfClub.org


LAKE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVES

LCFPD.ORG

FOREST PRESERVE Entrance/Parking

Nearly 31,000 acres make up your Lake County Forest Preserves.

DES PLAINES RIVER TRAIL M CLORY TRAIL / NORTH SHORE PATH Planned (L.C. Division of Transportation)

FOREST PRESERVE EASEMENTS STATE LAND (Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources)

Most preserves are open 6:30 am –sunset, daily. If a preserve gate is open before 6:30 am , the preserve is considered open for use.

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Petite Lake Rd

Grass Grass Lake Lake Rd Rd

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FOX FOX LAKE LAKE

Lake Rd

SUN SUN LAKE LAKE

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Town Rd Line Rd Town Line

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PINE DUNES

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Town Line Rd

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BLUEBIRD

BLUEBIRD MEADOW MEADOW

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GLEN

VAN PATTEN VAN PATTEN WOODS

Sheridan SheridanRd Rd

RAVEN RAVEN GLEN

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WOODS

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Beach Rd Grove Rd Beach Grove

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Sheridan Rd

STREAM

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Beach Grove Rd

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PRAIRIE PRAIRIE STREAM

Grass Rd Lake Rd Grass Lake

LAKEMOOR LAKEMOOR KEMOOR

Planned (L.C. Division of Transportation)

Rd BayRd enBay Gre Green

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ANTIOCH ANTIOCH ANTIOCH

SEQUOIT SEQUOIT CREEK

Deep DeepLake LakeRd Rd

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LAKE MARIE

VOLO VOLO

CASEY TRAIL

Russell Russell Rd Rd

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DUTCH DUTCH !!!! GAP PINE GAP Edwards Rd DUNES ! Edwards Edwards Rd Rd !

Red Wing Red Wing Red Wing Slough State Slough State Slough Natural Area State Natural Area Natural Area

Deep Lake Rd

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LAKE MARIE LAKE

Grass Lake Rd

VOLO

CHAIN O’ LAKES BIKE PATH

Russell Rd

MOUNTAIN

Fox River Fox River Fox River

Volo Bog Volo Volo Bog Bog ateState Natural Natural State Natural Area Area Area

PRAIRIE CROSSING TRAIL (L.C. Division of Transportation)

Rd Green Bay

GANDER GANDER MOUNTAIN

LAKE

FORT HILL TRAIL Planned (L.C. Division of Transportation)

GENERAL OFFICES OPERATIONS FACILITY

ChainChain O'Lakes Chain O'Lakes O'Lakes StateState Park State Park Park

GRAND ILLINOIS TRAIL Planned (Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources)

MIDDLEFORK GREENWAY Planned Section

CANOE LAUNCH

MAP CURRENT AS OF

MILLENNIUM TRAIL Planned Section

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Lake Cook Rd

Lake Lake Cook Cook Rd Rd


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Green Youth Farm Stand now open

PICNIC SHELTERS

Visit the Green Youth Farm in Lake County farm stand each

Plan early for your 2017 family reunion, company picnic or other group gathering, to help ensure your first choice for shelter or date. Reservations begin Monday, October 17. For locations, permit requirements, and fees, visit LCFPD.org/picnics.

Wednesday through October to purchase fresh produce and support this important youth development program. The farm stand is open from late morning through afternoon in the parking lot of the Greenbelt Cultural Center at 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago. All proceeds support the Green Youth Farm in Lake County program, which is a

INDOOR BOAT STORAGE

partnership between the Forest Preserves, the Preservation

Protect your boat or personal watercraft this winter in our secure, enclosed, dry building at Fox River (Port Barrington). Outdoor storage space is also available. For fees, visit LCFPD.org/Fox-River-Marina

Foundation, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

◄ INSTAGRAM PICK We offer expertly guided, hands-on school and scout programs throughout Lake County. Programs incorporate science, social studies, history and language arts, and feature experts, local historians and naturalists. See page 15 for more information about our field trips and educational opportunities. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, or YouTube @LCFPD. Download our mobile app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store—search for “Lake County Forest Preserves.”

Horizons quarterly // fall 2016  

Horizons is the quarterly publication of your Lake County Forest Preserves, featuring articles on Lake County wildlife, natural and cultural...

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