1968 for Homeschoolers
Friday, March 29
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9:30-11 a.m.
Our museum is 50 years old and we are celebrating with an exhibit all about the year 1968! Join us as homeschoolers aged 10-15 learn about that change-making year – from both a local and national perspective. Students will tour our exhibit, 1968: A Time for Every Purpose, and participate in hands-on activities that will transport them back in time! Adults must accompany students 12 and under. $3 per child. Register by March 22 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
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. Space is limited; register by March 28 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Riverwatch Full Workshop
Saturday, March 30
ILLINOIS RIVERWATCH FULL WORKSHOP
Izaak Walton Cabin, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
Want to get involved in the stewardship of the state’s rivers and streams? Grab your rubber boots and join the Illinois RiverWatch Program. During this interactive workshop, we will learn to identify stream macro-invertebrates and practice proper monitoring techniques at a local stream. Please bring knee-high boots or waders, sun block, insect repellent, a water bottle and lunch. Other equipment will be provided. After completing the workshop, you may adopt a local stream site and monitor annually. Minors are welcome to attend at no cost as long as they are accompanied by an adult. For more information and to register, contact the RiverWatch Coordinator, Charlie Blake at email@example.com or (618) 468-2784, or visit www.ngrrec.org. $50 per person; must be paid in advance.
Direct registration link: (for online publication use) http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eftaqcsdda40ba2b&llr=wx7o69dab
International Dark Sky Week
Eskimo Pie Ride
Don't let cabin fever overcome you. Join us at Lake of the Woods pavilion for a mid-winter afternoon of bicycle riding, food, and board games. There will be an opportunity to ride your bike on road for a 10-mile loop out into the winter. There will also be a fat bike/mountain bike ride inside the park. All will return to the pavilion for hot soup, hot drinks, and board games in front of the fire. Or skip the ride and just enjoy the games!
Exhibit Opening More Than Migration: Monarch Butterflies Bring Us Together
Saturday, April 6
MORE THAN MIGRATION: MONARCH BUTTERFLIES BRING US TOGETHER
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
· 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the new exhibit and pick up free milkweed seeds
· 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hands-on monarch activities and crafts
· 2 p.m. Enjoy a presentation by Janet Townsend, president of the Ford Iroquois Master Gardeners
What is your connection to monarch butterflies? Monarch butterflies bring us together in many ways. To many people, butterflies symbolize the common human experience of transformation and new beginnings. In addition, monarchs link two countries on their annual migration, and la mariposa monarca is often incorporated into Dia de los Muertos celebrations. During World War II, U.S. civilians mobilized around milkweed plants to support the war effort. Today, citizen scientists track monarchs, and volunteers raise butterflies that will travel thousands of miles to a land they may never see. Learn more at this year’s exhibit! FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boneyard Arts Festival
Sunday, April 7
Boneyard Arts Festival
centennial high school & museum of the grand prairie 50th anniversary celebration
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-4 p.m.
This year both Centennial High School AND Museum of the Grand Prairie are 50 years old and we are combining our celebrations! Join us as we feature the artwork of students from Centennial who have learned about the history of 1968-1969 in Champaign County through our exhibit, 1968: A Time for Every Purpose, and have responded through artistic representations. Many of our high school artists will be on hand to meet and greet, and we will have multimedia materials available for you to make and take your own amazing masterpiece! All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
Frog Call Survey: Field Training
Thursday, April 11
FROG CALL SURVEY: FIELD TRAINING
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6:30-8 p.m.
This optional training session is intended for those who attended the first Frog Call Survey training session in February, and are looking to get some field experience. One of the best times to listen for frogs is at dusk, and many species are just beginning to become active at this time in early spring. This is a perfect opportunity to get an idea of what to listen for during frog call monitoring. We will begin with a brief indoor review, and then head outside to practice our frog call monitoring skills. FREE. Register by April 10 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover the Night Sky
Saturday, April 13
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 7:30–10 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the wondrous night sky at one of the darkest locations in the county! The International Dark Sky Association is a worldwide organization that works to protect our dark skies. They draw attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promote simple solutions available to mitigate it. Join us in protecting the night! Learn about the night sky & lighting pollution, participate in hands-on activities, create & take home special crafts, speak with astronomy experts, and peer through a few telescopes! FREE. Drop-in. No registration required. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
Fairies, Gnomes, and Trolls Oh My! Garden
Sunday, April 14
FAIRIES & GNOMES & TROLLS, OH MY! GARDEN
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come enter the world of make-believe! Kids will design their own magical fairy gardens using live plants, colored gems, stones and other accessories. $10 per garden. Register by April 10 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature at Night: Forest Forbs - Cancelled
Friday, April 19
NATURE AT NIGHT: FOREST FORBS
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join us at Homer Lake as we welcome the emergence of our early spring forest flowers by taking a hike on Flicker Woods Trail. Find out what plants are just starting to bloom, what to look for soon, and learn some useful identification techniques. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we will also tidy up the trail and surrounding area during our hike. Ages 5 & up. $3 per person. Space is limited; register by April 18 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or email@example.com.
History Along the Rail Trail
Saturday, April 27
HISTORY ALONG THE RAIL TRAIL
Kickapoo Rail Trail, Urbana Walmart Access Point, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Want to learn about the rich cultural history that surrounds the Kickapoo Rail Trail area? Join us for an engaging 6.7-mile bicycle tour of the trail as we stop along the way to discuss local history. The tour will begin at the access point near the northern end of the Urbana Walmart’s parking lot, and end near The Wheelhouse restaurant in St. Joseph. Bring your own bike; participants should make arrangements to return from St. Joseph. Light snacks provided. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Space is limited, so register early! Ages 13 and up. $3 per person. Register by April 26 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Garlic Mustard Hunt
Join in helping us get rid of garlic mustard, an invasive plant that quickly overruns our natural environment, eliminating the native plants that we enjoy and that support wildlife.
Monday, April 29
Middle Fork River Forest Preserve - Point Pleasant
Meet at the Point Pleasant Parking lot (2590 County Rd 3350 N, Gifford, IL 61847
Tuesday, April 30
Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, Campground
Meet at the campground (3485 County Rd 9, Penfield, IL 61862)
Homeschoolers Explore Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat
Thursday, May 2
Please join us as we learn about one of our planet’s most valuable resources that is disappearing before our eyes. In this program, homeschoolers ages 9-13 will learn about tree species around the world and how we are connected to trees in our everyday life by exploring our outdoor exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. Exhibit created by The Morton Arboretum in collaboration with The Global Trees Campaign. Dress for the weather. Adults must accompany children. $3 per child. Register by April 25 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
Nature Play Pre-K: Paws, Claws, Wings and Things
Friday, May 3
NATURE PLAY PRE-K: PAWS, CLAWS, WINGS AND THINGS
Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.
This program is for preschoolers ages 3-6 to learn as we play in nature! Today, we will learn about the special adaptations that animals have to help them survive in the wild. 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. FREE. Space is limited. Register by May 2 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 4
It has been a long winter and spring is finally here! Celebrate May Day and the beauty of spring at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Experience traditions connected with celebrating the first of May, including dancing around a May Pole with the Champaign Urbana English Country Dancers at 2 p.m., spring-themed crafts, music, and more! Come and go as you please during program hours. FREE. All ages. For more info: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.