Bess Bower Dunn Museum
The Bess Bower Dunn Museum is located at the Lake County Forest Preserve District's headquarters in
Libertyville. The museum showcases the history of Lake County and features a 20-foot model of a
Dryptosaurus, a dinosaur that roamed the area 67 million years ago. It also includes Native American
artifacts, Civil War-era items and a reproduction of a one-room schoolhouse. North Shore Gas provides
funding for the museum's education classroom used for school field trips, community meetings,
public lectures and other educational programs.
Energizing Student Potential Program (ESP)
A partnership between area utilities and the National Energy Education Development project, the Energizing Student
Potential Program (ESP) works to develop the future scientists and engineers of Illinois. ESP brings together
standards-based classes for use in the classroom or afterschool programs for students in grades 5 through 8.
The program provides tools for students and teachers to learn about and teach their communities about energy.
Waukegan Public Library Early Learning Center
The library's Early Learning Center helps younger children develop fundamental learning skills
needed to succeed in school. Students through second grade learn numbers, letters, colors
and sight words in a themed exhibit that encourages play and imagination. In addition to
ongoing support for the Early Learning Center, North Shore Gas provided
funding for the library's Adult Literacy Center.
Through a partnership with other utilities, North Shore Gas provides an energy-efficiency curriculum
and student materials for fifth-graders at schools throughout the area. The Super Savers program teaches
children how to save energy and includes a kit of energy-saving items to take home and work with their parents to install.