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  • Full Moon Hike
    1/31/2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Full Moon Hike

    Wednesday, January 31

    FULL MOON HIKE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6-7:30 p.m.

    The full moon of January was once called the “wolf moon” because Native Americans observed wolves in the moonlight at this time of year. This year, we will be observing the full moon at its peak! We won’t see wolves, but we will take an interesting hike, and we may hear the howl of coyotes! The program will begin with a brief presentation indoors, and then we will head outside for the remainder of the event. Please dress for the weather. All ages. $3 per person, children 2 & under are free. Register by Jan 30 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Special Exhibit: A Place for all People
    2/1/2018 8:00 AM

    Special Exhibit: A Place for all People

    Thursday, February 1 - Friday March 23

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT: A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    Celebrate African American History Month by getting a taste of what you can find in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This special Smithsonian exhibit features highlights from the national museum located in Washington, D.C. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Frog Call Survey Training: Boinks, Peeps
    2/3/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Frog Call Survey Training: Boinks, Peeps

    Saturday, February 3

    FROG CALL SURVEY TRAINING: BOINKS, PEEPS & TWANGS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-4 p.m.

    The Forest Preserve District is looking for volunteers for our Frog Call Survey citizen science program! Attend this training session to learn about how frog monitoring works and how to identify frogs by their calls. Participants will receive a complimentary CD of frog calls to take home. There will be a follow-up optional field training session March 15. Dress for the weather, as we may go on a short hike. FREE. Register by Feb 1 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl
    2/9/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 9

    OWL PROWL

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6-8 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County amid the winter months, and some species breed during this time. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! This program begins indoors with a presentation, and then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under are free. Register by Feb 7 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl
    2/16/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 16

    OWL PROWL

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6-8 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County amid the winter months, and some species breed during this time. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! This program begins indoors with a presentation, and then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under are free. Register by Feb 14 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: Happy Birthday, President Lincoln
    2/19/2018 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    School's Out: Happy Birthday, President Lincoln

    Monday February 19

    School’s Out: Happy Birthday, President Lincoln! 

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Come celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with the man himself. On this 50th day of the year, in the 50th year for the museum, we’re going to have a party for ourselves and for the president!  Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by Actor Kevin Wood) will answer our burning questions:  What was it like growing up in a log cabin? Just how tall was Abraham Lincoln, anyway? And why did he wear that tall silk hat? Birthday cake will be served; crafts and family activities fill out the celebration. All ages. FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: Great Backyard Bird Count
    2/19/2018 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    School's Out: Great Backyard Bird Count

    Monday, February 19

    SCHOOL’S OUT: GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1-5 p.m.

    Enjoy making bird-themed crafts and help count the birds at our feeders for this citizen science event. From 2-4 p.m., see birds up close! UI researchers will demonstrate bird banding outside, and we will host live birds from the Wildlife Medical Clinic inside. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl
    2/23/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 23

    OWL PROWL

    Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 6-8 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County amid the winter months, and some species breed during this time. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! This program begins indoors with a slideshow, and then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under are free. Register by Feb 21 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Maple Sugar Days
    2/24/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Maple Sugar Days

    Saturday, February 24

    MAPLE SUGAR DAYS

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Did you know that the Homer Lake Forest Preserve has a 200 year-old Sugar Maple Grove? People have been tapping sugar maple trees to make sugar and syrup for centuries, and now you can, too! Explore the science and the history behind maple sugaring, learn how to do it yourself, and even take home a sample of syrup made from our very own trees. All ages. $5 per person. Space is limited. Register by Feb 23 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Garden Speaker Series: Rain Gardens
    2/25/2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Garden Speaker Series: Rain Gardens

    Sunday, February 25

    GARDEN SPEAKER SERIES: RAIN GARDENS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3 p.m.

    Rain gardens not only put your storm water runoff to good use, but also are a wonderful way to plant and encourage native plant species in your own backyard. Eliana Brown, Master Gardener and Outreach Specialist with the Illinois Water Resources Center, will share some local examples of rain gardens, along with tips on how to create your own. Learn how to improve local water quality while creating a beautiful landscape in this engaging presentation! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org

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  • Register for Summer Camps!
    3/1/2018 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM

    Register for Summer Camps!

    Registration for summer camps at Homer Lake and Lake of the Woods Forest Preserves opens March 1. Space is limited; sign up today for these popular programs! Visit ccfpd.org for more info and to register.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Pint-Sized Science
    3/1/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Pint-Sized Science

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Our first program of 2018 will let children embrace their inner scientist as we create our own experiments. This is a chance for parents/guardians to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. Join us at the Lake of the Woods on the first Thursday of each month for a new topic! $5 per child. Register by Feb 28 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play PreK: Pint-Sized Science
    3/2/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play PreK: Pint-Sized Science

    Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Our first program of 2018 will let children embrace their inner scientist as we create our own experiments. This is a chance for parents/guardians to engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. Join us on at Homer Lake on the first Friday of each month for a new topic! $5 per child.  Register by Feb 28 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Maple Sugar Days
    3/3/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Maple Sugar Days

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Did you know that the Homer Lake Forest Preserve has a 200 year-old Sugar Maple Grove? People have been tapping sugar maple trees to make sugar and syrup for centuries, and now you can, too! Explore the science and the history behind maple sugaring, learn how to do it yourself, and even take home a sample of syrup made from our very own trees. All ages. $5 per person. Space is limited. Register by March 2 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Springtime Herb Garden for Kids
    3/3/2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Springtime Herb Garden for Kids

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 12:30-2 p.m.

    Children will learn about herbs, how to use them in recipes, and will plant herb seeds in containers they create. The herbs will grow and produce interesting flavors to add to your cooking. $3 per child. Register by March 2 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

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  • A Lil' History: Little Friends on the Prairie
    3/8/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    A Lil' History: Little Friends on the Prairie

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.

    The snow is melting, the sun is warm, and we can’t wait to play outside! Spring means the end of winter, and has been important for the prairie (and the people who lived there) for a long, long time! So what happens in the spring? Your preschooler will learn all about it through hands-on activities, dress up, and of course, story time! This is a chance for parents/guardians to actively engage with children as they explore history. $5 per child. Register by March 7 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Woodcock Walk
    3/9/2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Woodcock Walk

    Buffalo Trace Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 7-8 p.m.

    Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, AKA the American Woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers. Meet at the Buffalo Trace Prairie parking lot on Rt. 47 / N. Lombard across the street from the Museum of the Grand Prairie. All ages. FREE. Register by Mar 7 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Create Your Own Dinosaur Habitat
    3/10/2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Create Your Own Dinosaur Habitat

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 12:30-2 p.m.

    Kids will design their own terrariums using live plants and toy dinosaurs to take home and enjoy. They will learn about mosses and how to keep their tiny rainforests healthy. $10 per child or $5 if you bring your own large clear glass container. Register by March 9 at ccfpd.org, For more info: (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

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  • Woodcock Walk
    3/10/2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Woodcock Walk

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7-8 p.m.

    Join us in a search for the elusive wood snipe, AKA the American Woodcock, as the males perform their amazing courtship display at dusk. A short presentation will be followed by a hike to look for the sky dancers. All ages. FREE. Register by March 8 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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