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Conservation Explorers

Monday, July 10, 2023 at 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 W. Buckley Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
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Conservation Explorers

In this dynamic two-week outdoor program, culminating with an overnight camp-out, high schoolers will explore and study the local ecosystems of Lake County. Conservation Explorers (ConEx) will highlight the importance of conservation and stewardship as participants gain real-world, hands-on experience through data collection and learning from Forest Preserve experts.

Participants will also learn about summer job opportunities and career options in the science field.

Conservation-Explorers-icon-FINAL ConEx is based primarily outdoors and includes hiking, paddlesports, hands-on stewardship projects and other physical activities.

This program is for teens, ages 14-16, entering grades 9 or 10 in fall 2023. We are unable to make age exceptions because activities are geared to cognitive, emotional and physical abilities for this program's specific age range.

Week 1

July 10–14

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Independence Grove

Week 2

July 17–20

9 a.m.–3 p.m. Independence Grove


July 21–22

3 p.m.–10 a.m. Van Patten Woods

Cost includes all programing and transportation between sites, as well as camp-out food and supplies.

Need-based financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

Participants will receive additional program forms via email within two weeks after your registration has been submitted.

Email with questions or to inquire about special accommodations.

Admission Cost

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