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  • Sign Up for Summer Camps!
    3/1/2017

    Sign Up for Summer Camps!

    Wednesday, March 1

    SIGN UP 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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  • A Lil' History: Little Friends on the Prairie
    3/2/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    A Lil' History: Little Friends on the Prairie

    Thursday, March 2

    A LIL’ HISTORY: LITTLE FRIENDS ON THE PRAIRIE

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1011 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/grandparents to actively engage with children as they explore history. $5 per child. Register by Feb 28: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Sensational Senses
    3/3/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Sensational Senses

    Friday, March 3

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: SENSATIONAL SENSES

    Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1011 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! The first class of 2017 will let children use all five of their senses to explore the outdoors. Activities will include a color hike and a taste test! 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 February 28: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Sensational Senses
    3/7/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Sensational Senses

    Tuesday, March 7

    GROWING UP WILD: SENSATIONAL SENSES

    Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1011 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! The first class of 2017 will let children use all five of their senses to explore the outdoors. Activities will include a color hike and a taste test! 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 March 3: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Woodcock Walk
    3/10/2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Woodcock Walk

    Friday, March 10

    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 welcome. $2 per person. Registration required; ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Special Exhibit Opening Extravaganza: Horses Are Quiet, Tractors Are Loud
    3/11/2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Special Exhibit Opening Extravaganza: Horses Are Quiet, Tractors Are Loud

    Saturday, March 11

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT OPENING EXTRAVAGANZA: HORSES ARE QUIET, TRACTORS ARE LOUD

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1–5 p.m.

    The 1920s are known for many things—prohibition, flappers, and Black Tuesday to name a few. The 1920s were a pivotal point in our history, but one of the biggest and most impactful events was the introduction of the mechanized tractor. Today we open our special exhibit for 2017: Horses are Quiet, Tractors are Loud. This opening extravaganza will feature tours of the new exhibit, antique tractors, live draft horses, and activities for all ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Woodcock Walk
    3/11/2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Woodcock Walk

    Saturday, March 11

    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 welcome. $2 per person. Registration required; ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Planting a Fairy Garden
    3/19/2017 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Planting a Fairy Garden

    Sunday, March 19

    PLANTING A FAIRY GARDEN

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

    Come enter the world of make-believe! Kids will design their own magical fairy gardens using live plants, miniature bird houses, colored gems, stones and other whimsical accessories that they will be able to take home and enjoy. $10 per child or $5 if you bring your own accessories. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

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  • Spring Break Activities
    3/20/2017 2:00 PM - 3/24/2017 4:00 PM

    Spring Break Activities

    Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24

    SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES

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

    Not sure what to fill your day with this Spring Break? Stop by the Museum for fun-filled activities every day!

    ·         Monday: Candle Dipping 

    ·         Tuesday: Quilting

    ·         Wednesday: Butter Churning

    ·         Thursday: Soap Felting

    ·         Friday: Make Your Own Bird Feeder!

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  • Spring Into Nature
    3/20/2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Spring Into Nature

    SPRING INTO NATURE

    Cabin fever got you itching to get outside? Join us during spring break for these three exciting programs at Homer Lake!

     

    ·         Monday, March 20

    Remarkable Reptiles

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2-3 p.m.

    Encounter the reptiles that live in our Interpretive Center! Learn about life in the wild for these creatures, and meet our resident critters up close. All ages. FREE. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Things That Bug You: Mosquitoes and Ticks
    3/20/2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Things That Bug You: Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Monday, March 20

    THINGS THAT BUG YOU: MOSQUITOES AND TICKS

    Champaign County Extension Office, 6:30-7:30pm

    Curious about mosquitoes and ticks? We will discuss their lifecyles, ecology, and surprising facts!  Pointers for protecting yourself from these critters will also be shared. Adults. FREE. For more info: (217) 896 2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Spring Break Activities
    3/20/2017 2:00 PM - 3/24/2017 4:00 PM

    Spring Break Activities

    Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24

    SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES

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

    Not sure what to fill your day with this Spring Break? Stop by the Museum for fun-filled activities every day!

    ·         Monday: Candle Dipping 

    ·         Tuesday: Quilting

    ·         Wednesday: Butter Churning

    ·         Thursday: Soap Felting

    ·         Friday: Make Your Own Bird Feeder!

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  • Spring Break Activities
    3/20/2017 2:00 PM - 3/24/2017 4:00 PM

    Spring Break Activities

    Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24

    SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES

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

    Not sure what to fill your day with this Spring Break? Stop by the Museum for fun-filled activities every day!

    ·         Monday: Candle Dipping 

    ·         Tuesday: Quilting

    ·         Wednesday: Butter Churning

    ·         Thursday: Soap Felting

    ·         Friday: Make Your Own Bird Feeder!

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  • Spring Into Nature
    3/22/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Spring Into Nature

    SPRING INTO NATURE

    Cabin fever got you itching to get outside? Join us during spring break for these three exciting programs at Homer Lake!

     

    ·       Wednesday, March 22

    Spark and Tinder

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2-4 p.m.

    Before the convenience of matches and lighters, how did we start a fire? Try out old-fashioned fire making skills like the bowdrill and flint & steel in this exciting program. We’ll also learn how to make a one-match fire in the woods. For families and adults. FREE. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Spring Break Activities
    3/20/2017 2:00 PM - 3/24/2017 4:00 PM

    Spring Break Activities

    Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24

    SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES

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

    Not sure what to fill your day with this Spring Break? Stop by the Museum for fun-filled activities every day!

    ·         Monday: Candle Dipping 

    ·         Tuesday: Quilting

    ·         Wednesday: Butter Churning

    ·         Thursday: Soap Felting

    ·         Friday: Make Your Own Bird Feeder!

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  • Spring Break Activities
    3/20/2017 2:00 PM - 3/24/2017 4:00 PM

    Spring Break Activities

    Monday, March 20 – Friday, March 24

    SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES

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

    Not sure what to fill your day with this Spring Break? Stop by the Museum for fun-filled activities every day!

    ·         Monday: Candle Dipping 

    ·         Tuesday: Quilting

    ·         Wednesday: Butter Churning

    ·         Thursday: Soap Felting

    ·         Friday: Make Your Own Bird Feeder!

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  • Spring Into Nature
    3/24/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Spring Into Nature

    SPRING INTO NATURE

    Cabin fever got you itching to get outside? Join us during spring break for these three exciting programs at Homer Lake!

    ·         Friday, March 24

    Survival Shelters

    North West Lake trailhead, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2-4 p.m.

    Would you know how to survive a night lost in the woods? The first step is knowing how to build a shelter to keep you warm and dry. After a short introduction, we’ll practice making shelters together. For families and adults. FREE. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Spring Cleanup
    3/31/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Spring Cleanup

    Friday March 31

    SPRING CLEANUP

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1–4 p.m.

    Help get the Interpretive Center spruced up for the season! We will clean out flower beds, spread mulch, and do general cleanup. Bring gloves and be sure to dress for the weather. All ages. Please register: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Exhibit Opening: A Bird's Eye View: 100 Years of a Changing Illinois Landscape
    4/1/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Exhibit Opening: A Bird's Eye View: 100 Years of a Changing Illinois Landscape

    Saturday, April 1

    EXHIBIT OPENING

    A Bird’s Eye View: 100 years of a Changing Illinois Landscape

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

    Our region is a vital link in the Mississippi Flyway, a major migration route for millions of birds, and the decisions we make here have impacts on the continent’s bird populations. This 2017 special exhibit explores how the landscape has changed – from a bird’s perspective – over the past 100 years. Some have benefitted while others have declined! There will be fun bird-related activities offered throughout the day. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Fantastic Foxes
    4/4/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Fantastic Foxes

    Tuesday, April 4

    GROWING UP WILD: FANTASTIC FOXES

    Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1011 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll learn about sly foxes and their adaptations. Activities will include learning how to “fox walk” and making a puppet. 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 April 1: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Fantastic Foxes
    4/7/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Fantastic Foxes

    Friday, April 7

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: FANTASTIC FOXES             

    Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1011 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll learn about sly foxes and their adaptations. Activities will include learning how to “fox walk” and making a puppet. 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: April 4: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Illinois Riverwatch Full Workshop
    4/8/2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Illinois Riverwatch Full Workshop

    Saturday, April 8

    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. Equipment will be provided. Please bring knee-high boots or waders, sun block, insect repellent, a water bottle and lunch. 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. To register, contact the RiverWatch Office at (618) 468-2784. $50 per person; must be paid in advance. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org, or visit www.ngrrec.org to learn more about RiverWatch.

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  • Springtime Herb Garden for Kids
    4/8/2017 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Springtime Herb Garden for Kids

    Saturday, April 8

    SPRINGTIME HERB GARDEN FOR KIDS

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

    Children will plant a variety of herb seeds in unique containers which they will create. The herbs will grow and produce interesting flavors to add to your cooking. $3 per child. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

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  • Boneyard Arts Festival
    4/9/2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Boneyard Arts Festival

    Sunday, April 9

    BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1–5 p.m.
    Discover emerging and established local artists at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! We will be featuring local emerging and established artists, who will be on hand to talk about their display in the Museum’s Local Gallery. Join us for an afternoon of excitement, where you can chat with our artists, try your hand at art processes, and of course enjoy music by the Young and the Fretless! All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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