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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/1/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/2/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: Arithmetic
    7/5/2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: Arithmetic

    Wednesday, July 5

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: ARITHMETIC

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century arithmetic lesson! Class will be taught by our own school marm or master, straight out of the past. Class will be dismissed at 3 p.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Busy Bees
    7/7/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Busy Bees

    Friday, July 7

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: BUSY BEES

    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! Pollinate some flowers and dance like a bumblebee to learn more about these insects. 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: July 3; (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/8/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/9/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Summer Garden Concert: Hot Iron String Band
    7/9/2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Summer Garden Concert: Hot Iron String Band

    Sunday, July 9

    SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT: HOT IRON STRING BAND

    Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.
    Hot Iron String Band is back, performing original songs and classic favorites in their lively modern bluegrass style. Enjoy one of the many great bands Champaign County has to offer, all while surrounded by the beautiful blooms of the season! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Museum Mondays: Art in Nature
    7/10/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Art in Nature

    Monday, July 10

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: ART IN NATURE

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Many people go to museums when they want to see art, but did you know it surrounds us in nature? Today we will discover the beauty of the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve through drawing, painting, collage, and photography! FREE! Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Busy Bees
    7/11/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Busy Bees

    Tuesday, July 11

    GROWING UP WILD: BUSY BEES

    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! Pollinate some flowers and dance like a bumblebee to learn more about these insects. 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 July 7: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: History
    7/12/2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: History

    Wednesday, July 12

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: HISTORY

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century history lesson! Class will be taught by our own school marm or master, straight out of the past. Class will be dismissed at 3 p.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/15/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Canoeing for Beginners
    7/15/2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Canoeing for Beginners

    Saturday, July 15

    CANOEING FOR BEGINNERS

    Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

    Never been in a canoe before? This program is the place to start! After learning the basics of canoeing and water safety, you will be a part of a canoe caravan around Homer Lake. We will explore the animals and plants of the water while practicing your canoeing skills. All equipment will be provided; please bring sunscreen and water to drink. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe. Space is limited; register by July 5: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org. Choose the morning or the afternoon session.

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  • Canoeing for Beginners
    7/15/2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Canoeing for Beginners

    Saturday, July 15

    CANOEING FOR BEGINNERS

    Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

    Never been in a canoe before? This program is the place to start! After learning the basics of canoeing and water safety, you will be a part of a canoe caravan around Homer Lake. We will explore the animals and plants of the water while practicing your canoeing skills. All equipment will be provided; please bring sunscreen and water to drink. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe. Space is limited; register by July 5: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org. Choose the morning or the afternoon session.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/16/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Museum Mondays: Music Makers
    7/17/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Music Makers

    Monday, July 17

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: MUSIC MAKERS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    You don’t need a fancy instrument (or even an instrument at all!) to make music! Using everyday objects, we will make extraordinary instruments! Create an imaginary symphony with drums, harps, and shakers galore! Use what we have, or bring your own objects to make a truly unique and personal instrument. Try bringing wood boxes, rulers, branches, and whatever else you can think of! Let your imagination run wild. FREE. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: Geography
    7/19/2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: Geography

    Wednesday, July 19

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: GEOGRAPHY

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century geography lesson! Class will be taught by our own school marm or master, straight out of the past. Class will be dismissed at 3 p.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/22/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    7/22/2017 8:00 PM - 7/23/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, July 22

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    7/22/2017 8:00 PM - 7/23/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, July 22

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    7/22/2017 8:00 PM - 7/23/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, July 22

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    7/22/2017 8:00 PM - 7/23/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, July 22

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/23/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Music on the Lake: Bone Jugs
    7/23/2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Music on the Lake: Bone Jugs

    Sunday, July 23

    MUSIC ON THE LAKE: BONES JUGS

    Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.

    Enjoy the musical stylings of Bones Jugs, with a stunning view of Homer Lake!  Their creative and lively music will have you tapping your foot and itching to dance! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Museum Mondays: Ambassadors
    7/24/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Ambassadors

    Monday, July 24

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: ILLINOIS AMBASSADORS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Everyone knows that the Illinois state bird is the Cardinal, but do you know what our state dance is? Learn all about our state symbols and ambassadors, and snack on one, too (we’ll give you a hint—it pops when you cook it)! FREE! Drop-in program;. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: Spelling Bee
    7/26/2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: Spelling Bee

    Wednesday, July 26

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: SPELLING BEE

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century reading and spelling lesson—complete with a spelling bee! Class will be taught by our own school marm or master, straight out of the past. Class will be dismissed at 3 p.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/29/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Take Me Fishing
    7/29/2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Take Me Fishing

    Saturday, July 29

    TAKE ME FISHING

    Boathouse Peninsula, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9-11 a.m.

    Bring your family and friends out to the forest preserves for some free fishing fun! Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, the Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award! Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and under is required. All activities are FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    7/30/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Museum Mondays: Veggie (Garden) Tales
    7/31/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Veggie (Garden) Tales

    Monday, July 31

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: VEGGIE (GARDEN) TALES

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    At the Discovery Garden, kids will learn all about gardening for food! From planting to harvesting to the difference between “annuals” and “perennials”, we will learn about vegetable gardening by getting our hands dirty! FREE. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Nature's Engineers
    8/1/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Nature's Engineers

    Tuesday, August 1

    GROWING UP WILD: NATURE’S ENGINEERS  

    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! Beavers can alter the landscape by building dams and lodges, so their reputation as engineers is well deserved. We’ll hold beaver skulls, pelts, and you’ll get to build your own dam. 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 July 29: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Nature's Engineers
    8/4/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Nature's Engineers

    Friday, August 4

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: NATURE’S ENGINEERS

    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! Beavers can alter the landscape by building dams and lodges, so their reputation as engineers is well deserved. We’ll hold beaver skulls, pelts, and you’ll get to build your own dam. 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: August 1: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    8/5/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    8/6/2017 8:00 AM

    Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork

    Weekends, May 27 – Sept 2

    NATURALIST PROGRAMS AT THE MIDDLE FORK CAMPGROUND

    Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Time varies

    On most weekends during the summer the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-1268 or campnaturalist@ccfpd.org

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