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  • Museum Mondays: Art in Nature
    6/25/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Art in Nature

    Monday, June 25

    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. All ages. Drop-in program. For more info: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Family Fun at the Playscape
    7/2/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Family Fun at the Playscape

    Monday, July 2

    FAMILY FUN AT THE PLAYSCAPE

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

    Calling all families! Join naturalists at the Homer Lake Natural Playscape for a hands-on hour of fun! Our naturalist staff will provide exploratory tools and games to get you and your family discovering nature’s many wonders. Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or sclementz@ccfpd.org.

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  • Freedom Fest
    7/4/2018 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Freedom Fest

    Join us July 4th (rain date July 5th) for Freedom Fest at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, Illinois. Food concessions and some family activities start at 3:00 p.m.; Music in Motion begins at 3 p.m.; and at 9 p.m., after a tribute to our service men and women, we Light Up The Lake with a spectacular fireworks display set to music. Admission is $2 per person, with children 5 and under free. Military persons with ID get in free. Expenses continue to increase, so additional contributions will be greatly appreciated.
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  • Nature Play Pre-K: A Bug's Life
    7/6/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: A Bug's Life

    Friday, July 6

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: A BUG’S LIFE

    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! In this program, we will learn about insect behavior and observe them up close! 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 July 5 at ccfpd.org. Space is limited. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse
    7/6/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse

    Friday, July 6

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: GEOGRAPHY

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 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 11:30 a.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Star Watch
    7/7/2018 9:00 PM - 7/8/2018 12:00 AM

    Star Watch

    SATURDAY JULY 7

    STAR WATCH

    North Waterfowl Management Area, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars in one of the darkest locations in the county. We’ll meet at 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. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Star Watch
    7/7/2018 9:00 PM - 7/8/2018 12:00 AM

    Star Watch

    SATURDAY JULY 7

    STAR WATCH

    North Waterfowl Management Area, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars in one of the darkest locations in the county. We’ll meet at 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. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer Garden Concert Series: The Young and the Fretless
    7/8/2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Summer Garden Concert Series: The Young and the Fretless

    Sunday, July 8

    SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT: THE YOUNG AND THE FRETLESS

    Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.
    The Young and The Fretless is back and ready to bring the sounds of old-time mountain music to the botanical gardens. Experience this great local band, all while surrounded by the beautiful blooms of the season! FREE. All ages. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Museum Mondays: I Scream, You Scream...
    7/9/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: I Scream, You Scream...

    Monday, July 9

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM…
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    We all scream for ICE CREAM! It's always been delicious, but it wasn't always such a common treat. We'll show you how ice cream has been made for many years, and also show you fun ways to make it at home. For those with allergies, we will be using dairy products, so please come prepared. FREE. All ages. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse
    7/13/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse

    Friday, July 13

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: ARITHMETIC

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 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 11:30 a.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Canoeing for Beginners
    7/14/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Canoeing for Beginners

    Saturday, July 14

    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 13 at ccfpd.org. Choose the morning or the afternoon session. For more info:  (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Canoeing for Beginners
    7/14/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Canoeing for Beginners

    Saturday, July 14

    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 13 at ccfpd.org. Choose the morning or the afternoon session. For more info:  (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • To the Moon...and Back: The Voyage of Apollo 8
    7/14/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    To the Moon...and Back: The Voyage of Apollo 8

     

    Saturday, July 14

    TO THE MOON….AND BACK: THE VOYAGE OF APOLLO 8

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

    When people think of or look at the Moon, their thoughts usually turn to Neil Armstrong and planting the first flag on the lunar surface. But of equal or maybe even greater importance was the flight of Apollo 8. Join us as David Leake, Director of the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, describes what happened during that mission, the events that led up to it, why it was significant, and how it fit into the happenings of 1968. After the presentation, feel free to explore our newest exhibit 1968: A Time for Every Purpose. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Museum Mondays: As Sweet as Honey
    7/16/2018 10:30 AM

    Museum Mondays: As Sweet as Honey

    Monday, July 16

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: AS SWEET AS HONEY 

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

    Did you know that an entire colony of bees must collect nectar from approximately 2 million flowers and fly over 55,000 miles in order to produce one pound of honey? Join us at the museum this morning to learn more about honey and bees through hands-on activities featuring bee and honey related artifacts, crafts, and of course, snacks with honey! FREE. All ages. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Sustainable
    7/17/2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Sustainable

    Tuesday, July 17
    SUSTAINABLE
    The Art Theater, Champaign, IL, 7 p.m.

    Join us as we screen the award-winning documentary Sustainable. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. It is a vital investigation of the  economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community leaders who are determined to fix it.

    The film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer from Fairbury, Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago. Hang around after the film as Marty will be on hand to discuss his experiences and Carol Hays, the
    Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network, will also join us to discuss how
    her local organization advocates for sustainable practices as well. FREE. For
    more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: Spelling Bee
    7/20/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: Spelling Bee

    Friday, July 20

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: SPELLING BEE

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 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 11:30 a.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Museum Mondays: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration
    7/23/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

    Monday, July 23

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

    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? As Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday this year, join us to learn all about our state symbols and ambassadors, and snack on one, too! FREE. All ages. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: History
    7/27/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: History

    Friday, July 27

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: HISTORY

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 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 11:30 a.m. for recess in the schoolyard. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Take Me Fishing
    7/28/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Take Me Fishing

    Saturday, July 28

    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. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Music on the Lake: Hot Iron String Band
    7/29/2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Music on the Lake: Hot Iron String Band

    Sunday, July 29

    MUSIC ON THE LAKE: HOT IRON STRING BAND

    Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake 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 – with a stunning view of Homer Lake! FREE. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Museum Mondays: Music Makers
    7/30/2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Music Makers

    Monday, July 30

    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. All ages. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Gone Fishin'
    8/3/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Gone Fishin'

    Friday, August 3

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: GONE FISHIN’

    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! In this program, we will learn all about fish as we pretend to be them, and we will even learn some basics of fishing! 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. Register by August 2 at ccfpd.org. Space is limited. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Outdoor Exhibit Opening: Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat
    8/4/2018 1:00 PM

    Outdoor Exhibit Opening: Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat

    Saturday, August 4 

    OUTDOOR EXHIBIT OPENING: VANISHING ACTS: TREES UNDER THREAT

    Museum of the Grand Prairie & Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve,1-4 p.m.

    Join us as we open our newest exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat. Today’s opening event will feature guided tours, outdoor craft opportunities, and other family-friendly activities! This outdoor exhibit takes a compelling look at threatened and endangered trees. An estimated 100,000 miles of unique tropical forests are lost each year, according to the World Resources Institute, and it is estimated that only one percent of original forest cover remains in North America and Europe today. Vanishing Acts was created by The Morton Arboretum in partnership with the Global Trees Campaign and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Cherry Pie Ride
    8/4/2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Cherry Pie Ride

    Sunday, August 5
    THE CHERRY PIE RIDE

    Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1 p.m.

    A fun ride with a 10-mile family route and a 30-mile long route. Ride with your kids or your friends and have a piece of pie at the finish.  The ride benefits the Kickapoo Rail Trail.

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