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Mission Statement
We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves.


Phone: (217) 586-3360 | Fax: (217) 586-5724 | Email: hq@ccfpd.org

Animal Homes
Growing Up Wild
Tuesday, November 4

Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. Nature Play Pre-K:
Friday, November 7

Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll examine the homes of different animals and learn about hibernation. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. $5 per child. Register by Oct 31; (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

Experience Archaeology!
Saturday, November 8

Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1 – 4 p.m.
The East Central Illinois Archaeological Society and the Museum of the Grand Prairie invite you to explore ancient skills and archaeological materials at this workshop for the whole family!  Bring your collections along, as activities will include artifact identification sessions as well as experimental archaeology demonstrations discussing flintknapping (the making of projectile points) and pottery-making, weather-dependent atlatl-dart throwing demonstrations, and kid-friendly activities.  FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or vhall@ccfpd.org
Survival Skills: Making Cordage
Sunday, November 9

Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Try your hand at making cordage from plant fibers; learn which species are the most useful, when to collect them, and how to process them. Then we’ll hike to find them in their natural setting. $2 per person. Register by Nov 7; (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

Check out what Lake of the Woods Golf Course has to offer now - Footgolf! Grab your argyle socks and cap and hit the greens!

www.golfthelake.com/foot-golf/

Preschool Programs
Growing Up Wild
First Tuesday of Month at Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m.
Nature Play Pre-K
First Friday of Month at Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.

2014 Schedule

Middle Fork River Detour
Work begins Monday, May 12 on a bridge south of the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve entrance. The road will be closed through completion of the bridge in October. If headed there, please use alternative routes shown here.