We are suspending our Tuesday on the Trail guided hikes until the new year. Now that the holidays are approaching and you have been introduced to our beautiful preserves, we encourage you to walk them with your friends and family at your convenience. We look forward to starting up again later this winter. Watch this webpage for further details.

Join us for our guided hike,Tuesday on the Trail held each Tuesday at lunch time. One of our experienced field educators will lead a small group interactive tour through a different LFOLA preserve*, highlighting the specific habitat, plants, trees, animals and birds that call the preserve home.

While these hikes are free and open to all ages, please register ahead of time to reserve a spot. The groups will be kept small to enhance individual engagement and to adhere to safety precautions.


Kick off our new program, Tuesday on the Trail, on Tuesday, November 17, National Take-a-Hike Day and hike with us in the beautiful Jean and John Greene Nature Preserve at McCormick Ravine. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars! Walk will be cancelled only in the event of extreme bad weather. Space is limited and registration is required. Current COVID protocols will be observed; bring your mask! While this program is free, we appreciate any donation. We suggest a donation of $10. This goes to support LFOLA education programs.

Limited to three groups of 10 at the following times:
10:00 a.m.,11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Parking Directions to Jean and John Greene Nature Preserve at McCormick Ravine.

Our six preserves* are open to all and are well maintained in all seasons. Taking a hike in them offers a welcome respite from our screens and a healthy way to unwind and feed our souls. We hope that you will get outside and take a self-guided hike through our beautiful preserves throughout the year.

We hoped to offer guided hikes on Tuesdays for our Tuesday on the Trail series. Due to recent state guidelines recommending that we avoid group gatherings as much as possible during this pandemic surge, we are unable to lead these group hikes at this time. We look forward to offering guided hikes as early as possible in 2021. Please check this page for updates.

While hiking on our preserves, please maintain a safe distance from other hikers, wear a mask when encountering others, keep your dogs on leash and clean up after them. Please be aware that bikes are not allowed on any of our preserves and dogs are not allowed on our Mellody Farm Nature Preserve. 

*West Skokie Nature Preserve *Skokie River Nature Preserve
*Everett Farm Nature Preserve *Mellody Farm Nature Preserve
*Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve *Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve

Skokie River Nature Preserve 
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

A brisk winter walk awaits!

Meet at the end of Laurel. Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

Vibrant colors of Skokie River continue through fall!

Meet at the end of Laurel. Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

More of spring ephemerals blooming in vibrant color!

Meet at the end of Laurel. Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

Mellody Farm Nature Preserve 
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

Our Conservation Campus is a well-known comunity treasure

Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

  REGISTER

Registration has closed; please join us again soon.

Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve: South Grove 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

Explore the beautiful Middlefork Savanna througout winter from the winding trails.

Meet in the Elawa parking lot. Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

West Skokie Nature Preserve 
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

A walk along the newly restored river trail.

Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

  REGISTER

Reistration is currently closed; please join us again next time.

Everett Farm Nature Preserve 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

 Watch this former tree nursery as the fall colors change!

Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot. Park on James Court.

 A walk in this former tree nursery as the trees begin to bud out in the spring!

Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot. Park on James Court.

Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve 
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

A great way to explore Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve.

Parking: the Lake Forest police station parking lot and walk across Deer Path at the light to the Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve gate and entrance.

Middlefork Farm Nature Preserve: George Beach trailhead 
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

Fall days are perfect hiking days at Middlefork Savanna.

Meet in Elawa parking lot. Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

Watch the beautiful Middlefork Savanna start to bloom in the warm spring sun.

Meet in Elawa parking lot. Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot.

Everett Farm Nature Preserve 
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
noon - 1:00 p.m.

This outing has been canceled
due to inclement weather

 Watch this former tree nursery as the fall colors change!

Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot. Park on James Court.

 A walk in this former tree nursery as the trees begin to bud out in the spring!

Click here for directions to parking and meeting spot. Park on James Court.

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