Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Opens with Celebration




To celebrate the opening of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, a family-friendly nature destination for visitors of all ages, a free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 10. Activities include tours of the newly restored upland trails, a birds of prey demonstration, art activities for kids, a scavenger hunt, kite flying, a stunt-kite demonstration and light refreshments.

The unique preserve comprises more than a mile of undeveloped scenic Lake Michigan shoreline, towering bluff-top trails and original art installations, interpreting aspects of nature on the site's 77 acres. It includes trails through wooded ravines and along bluffs that rise 70 feet over the beach.

Founded in 1963, Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.


Cost: Free. Location: 25 miles north of Chicago, the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is in the town of Fort Sheridan. From North Sheridan Road, park on either Lyster or Westover roads and proceed east by foot to reach the top of Bartlett Ravine, the main entry to the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. For more information visit OpenLands.org.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Learn About Natural Health in Tinley Park

Empowering the future of our natural health, the Trinity Health Freedom Expo will take place on October 26 and 27 at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Raise Vibrations Toward Healing at Annual Expo

Orgonite Healing Crystals will present the second annual Raised Vibrations: Energy, Health, & Healing Expo from noon to 5 p.m., October 13, in Round Lake.

Sunset Meditation to Elevate Our Perspective

Vacation of the Mind is a community of meditation instructors on a mission to touch 1 million lives or more through the power of making positive, impactful lifestyle changes.

McHenry County Farm Stroll

The McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners will host the fifth annual Farm Stroll, a self-guided tour of 12 family-owned farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 29.

Evanston Streets Alive Features Green Living Fest

The annual Streets Alive event, organized by Citizens’ Greener Evanston, the Evanston Environmental Association and the city of Evanston, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., September 8.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

See More »This Month

Exploring the Depths of Human Energy

Schaumburg Weight Loss Center Wins Again

Participants from Healthy Inspirations Weight Loss Centers across the country competed for six weeks to be the National Biggest Winner. Healthy Inspirations of Schaumburg entered 21 members.

Party with Ravinia Neighbors

Ravinia Block Bash, organized by the Ravinia Neighbors Association, is a fun new event to encourage people to discover the Ravinia neighborhood, in Highland Park.

Fashion with a Conscience

The international garment industry has long been associated with labor abuses and horrific working conditions, and individuals joining a growing movement have decided to do something about it.

Healing Center Hosts Transformative Events for Women

The Enlightened Healing Center will hold a workshop, Attracting & Expanding Love, as well as a program, The Lift Off of the New Woman.

Learn How to Live a Happier Life

The Center of Light will present a Light Lecture series based upon the philosophy that, “No matter where we are in life, there is always more to learn.”