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Upcoming Events

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  • Welcome in the "Wilderness"
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM

    Welcome in the "Wilderness"

    Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, September 30

    WELCOME IN THE ‘WILDERNESS’

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

    What do you do in nature? How do you spend time outside? We will have a special interactive display in honor of Welcoming Week and Take A Child Outside Week, where you can share your experiences and feelings about the outdoors. Come explore the Interpretive Center, walk the trails, and add your thoughts to our idea board during our open hours. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455
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  • Welcome in the "Wilderness"
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM

    Welcome in the "Wilderness"

    Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, September 30

    WELCOME IN THE ‘WILDERNESS’

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

    What do you do in nature? How do you spend time outside? We will have a special interactive display in honor of Welcoming Week and Take A Child Outside Week, where you can share your experiences and feelings about the outdoors. Come explore the Interpretive Center, walk the trails, and add your thoughts to our idea board during our open hours. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455
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  • Welcome in the "Wilderness"
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM

    Welcome in the "Wilderness"

    Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, September 30

    WELCOME IN THE ‘WILDERNESS’

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

    What do you do in nature? How do you spend time outside? We will have a special interactive display in honor of Welcoming Week and Take A Child Outside Week, where you can share your experiences and feelings about the outdoors. Come explore the Interpretive Center, walk the trails, and add your thoughts to our idea board during our open hours. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455
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  • Welcome in the "Wilderness"
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM

    Welcome in the "Wilderness"

    Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, September 30

    WELCOME IN THE ‘WILDERNESS’

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

    What do you do in nature? How do you spend time outside? We will have a special interactive display in honor of Welcoming Week and Take A Child Outside Week, where you can share your experiences and feelings about the outdoors. Come explore the Interpretive Center, walk the trails, and add your thoughts to our idea board during our open hours. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455
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  • Welcome in the "Wilderness"
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM

    Welcome in the "Wilderness"

    Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, September 30

    WELCOME IN THE ‘WILDERNESS’

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

    What do you do in nature? How do you spend time outside? We will have a special interactive display in honor of Welcoming Week and Take A Child Outside Week, where you can share your experiences and feelings about the outdoors. Come explore the Interpretive Center, walk the trails, and add your thoughts to our idea board during our open hours. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455
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  • Pigeon Power
    9/29/2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Pigeon Power

    Friday, September 29

    PIGEON POWER

    Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Pigeons have not always been seen as “rats with wings.” Join us as we dive into the history of the relationship between people and pigeon and some of the interesting ways these “bird brains” have been used! Adults. FREE. Please register by Sept 26. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or devans@ccfpd.org.

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  • Pigeon Power
    9/29/2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Pigeon Power

    Friday, September 29

    PIGEON POWER

    Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Pigeons have not always been seen as “rats with wings.” Join us as we dive into the history of the relationship between people and pigeon and some of the interesting ways these “bird brains” have been used! Adults. FREE. Please register by Sept 26. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or devans@ccfpd.org.

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  • Welcome in the "Wilderness"
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM

    Welcome in the "Wilderness"

    Saturday, September 23 to Saturday, September 30

    WELCOME IN THE ‘WILDERNESS’

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p. m.

    What do you do in nature? How do you spend time outside? We will have a special interactive display in honor of Welcoming Week and Take A Child Outside Week, where you can share your experiences and feelings about the outdoors. Come explore the Interpretive Center, walk the trails, and add your thoughts to our idea board during our open hours. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455
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  • Lincoln Lecture Series: Harriet Tubman: Leader to Freedom
    10/1/2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Lincoln Lecture Series: Harriet Tubman: Leader to Freedom

    Sunday, October 1
    10th ANNUAL LINCOLN LECTURE SERIES:

    HARRIET TUBMAN: LEADER to FREEDOM

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

    Kathryn Harris, retired director of Library Services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will portray Harriet Tubman at the Museum of the Grand Prairie to kick off the 10th annual Lincoln Lecture series. Linking the past with the present, Kathryn Harris takes on the persona of a former slave who, after winning her own freedom, became a conductor on the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s. In numerous trips back into the South, Harriet Tubman helped more than 300 slaves, including her own parents, escape to the North. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Trees and Me
    10/3/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Trees and Me

    Tuesday, October 3

    GROWING UP WILD: TREES AND ME                                                                 

    Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Trees can be identified by their seeds, leaves, and even their bark. On our hike, we’ll use all our senses to examine trees up close. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to engage your child as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather; we will be outdoors for the entire program. $5 per child. Register by September 30: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Trees and Me
    10/6/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Trees and Me

    Friday, October 6

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: TREES AND ME

    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! Trees can be identified by their seeds, leaves, and even their bark. On our hike, we’ll use all our senses to examine trees up close. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to engage your child as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather; we will be outdoors for the entire program. $5 per child. Register by October 3: 
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  • Harvest Fest
    10/7/2017 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Harvest Fest

    Saturday, October 7 

    HARVEST FEST
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-6 p.m.

    Spooky stories and autumn activities await you! Enjoy the fun traditions of the season, including pumpkin carving and decorating, scarecrow making, hay-rack rides, open fire cooking, and spooky (but family-friendly) stories! Registered guests will receive one pumpkin per family. All ages. $3 per person, children 2 and under free. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or contact bgarvey@ccfpd.org
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  • Wilderness Living Skills Workshop
    10/20/2017 6:00 PM - 10/22/2017 5:00 PM

    Wilderness Living Skills Workshop

    October 20-22, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 5 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Spend 3 days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you. This is an exciting class with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. Participants will learn to make rope, light fires with fire-by-friction, build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry, find food in the wild, and techniques of cooking food over a fire. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $175 per person. Register by Oct 13: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course.


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  • Wilderness Living Skills Workshop
    10/20/2017 6:00 PM - 10/22/2017 5:00 PM

    Wilderness Living Skills Workshop

    October 20-22, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 5 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Spend 3 days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you. This is an exciting class with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. Participants will learn to make rope, light fires with fire-by-friction, build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry, find food in the wild, and techniques of cooking food over a fire. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $175 per person. Register by Oct 13: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course.


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  • Wilderness Living Skills Workshop
    10/20/2017 6:00 PM - 10/22/2017 5:00 PM

    Wilderness Living Skills Workshop

    October 20-22, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 5 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Spend 3 days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you. This is an exciting class with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. Participants will learn to make rope, light fires with fire-by-friction, build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry, find food in the wild, and techniques of cooking food over a fire. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $175 per person. Register by Oct 13: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course.


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  • Haunted Hike
    10/22/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Haunted Hike

    Sunday, October 22

    HAUNTED HIKE           

    River Bend Forest Preserve, Mahomet, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Halloween is almost here, so get in the spooky spirit by coming on a Haunted Hike! We will use the light of the crescent moon to navigate River Bend. We won’t find werewolves or vampires, but we might hear some coyotes or see bats fly overhead! This program is perfect for families of all ages. Dress for the weather, but costumes are encouraged! All ages. $3 per person. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: Old Timey Halloween
    10/27/2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    School's Out: Old Timey Halloween

    Friday, October 27

    SCHOOL’S OUT: OLD TIMEY HALLOWEEN

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

    Don’t be spooked! We love to trick or treat every Halloween, but do you know where that tradition started? Make your own Halloween masks, play 1800s Halloween games, and learn about how Halloween traditions were shaped. Come and go anytime during the program to join in the fun. Costumes encouraged. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

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  • Lincoln Lecture Series: Lincoln and Science, Lincoln and Nature
    10/29/2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Lincoln Lecture Series: Lincoln and Science, Lincoln and Nature

    10th ANNUAL LINCOLN LECTURE SERIES:

    LINCOLN AND SCIENCE, LINCOLN AND NATURE

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

    James Cornelius, Curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will present this fascinating program. For a boy who grew up in nature, Lincoln had a keen eye for the scientific explanation. That’s not unusual–but his abilities in some scientific fields surpassed even those of the law school and West Point graduates he led in Washington. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Spiders Aren't Scary
    11/3/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Spiders Aren't Scary

    Friday, November 3

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: SPIDERS AREN'T SCARY

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

    This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Spiders aren't scary! They eat pesky insects and build intricate webs. Activities will include using natural materials to build a spider and a web-hunt. 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 October 28.

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  • Families in the Forest
    11/4/2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Families in the Forest

    Saturday, November 4

    FAMILIES IN THE FOREST

    Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    ·      Main Event: 12-4 p.m.

    ·      Shelter Building Demonstration: 2-3 p.m.

    Bring your family and friends to Homer Lake for a fall day of fun! This program will be packed with activities to get you outside and moving. Complete a scavenger hunt and learn about natural camouflage. Earn a prize during our hiking challenge as you search for a special edition letterbox. This is a drop in program, so come and go as you please. Perfect for families or even adults without kids. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455
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