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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Doe, A Deer
    9/1/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Doe, A Deer

    Friday, September 1

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: DOE, A DEER

    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! The white-tailed deer is Illinois’ State Mammal! We’ll examine deer pelts and antlers and then make a deer costume that you can take home. 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 August 30
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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    9/2/2017 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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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    9/3/2017 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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  • Growing Up Wild: Doe, A Deer
    9/5/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Doe, A Deer

    Tuesday, September 5

    GROWING UP WILD: DOE, A DEER

    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! The white-tailed deer is Illinois’ State Mammal! We’ll examine deer pelts and antlers and then make a deer costume that you can take home.  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 2:
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  • Survival Skills: Cordage
    9/8/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Survival Skills: Cordage

    Friday, September 8

    SURVIVAL SKILLS: CORDAGE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Try your hand at making cordage from plant fibers; learn which species are the most useful, when to collect them, and how to process them. Then we’ll hike to find them in their natural setting. All ages. $3 per person. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Prairie Stories
    9/9/2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Prairie Stories

    Saturday, September 9

    PRAIRIE STORIES
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Go back in time and experience what life was like in nineteenth century east central Illinois! The day begins with artisan demonstrations (including blacksmithing!) and outdoor cooking. Hands-on activities like candle dipping and butter churning begin at noon. We also feature live American folk music with Banjulele and dancing with the Central Illinois English Country Dancers! Enjoy our popular archaeology area, and discover how people of the past used their gardens for more than just food! All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

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  • Grandparents Day at the Playscape
    9/10/2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Grandparents Day at the Playscape

    Sunday, September 10

    GRANDPARENT’S DAY AT THE PLAYSCAPE

    Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1-3 p.m.

    Come celebrate Grandparent’s Day with us! Drop in at the Homer Lake Natural Playscape to enjoy the outdoors. This program encourages grandparents and grandchildren to engage in nature-related activities together. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or sclementz@ccfpd.org.

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  • Homeschool Program: Prairie Adventures
    9/15/2017 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Homeschool Program: Prairie Adventures

    Friday, September 15

    HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: PRAIRIE ADVENTURES

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    This multi-disciplinary learning experience incorporates settlers’ harvesting, and prairie animals and plants. Investigate Buffalo Trace Prairie, witness a prairie burn demo, and see and touch harvesting tools and bison bones! This program is a somewhat intense and busy day. Most of it will be outdoors, with significant walking; please dress appropriately. Recommended for children 8 years old and up, with parental accompaniment suggested. No toddlers or strollers please. $3 per child. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or sclementz@ccfpd.org. 

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    9/16/2017 7:00 PM - 9/17/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, September 16

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Interpretive Center at 7 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the Walnut Hill Shelter 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. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    9/16/2017 7:00 PM - 9/17/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, September 16

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Interpretive Center at 7 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the Walnut Hill Shelter 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. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Make Ice Cream with New Friends
    9/21/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Make Ice Cream with New Friends

    Thursday, September 21

    MAKE ICE CREAM WITH NEW FRIENDS

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

    School is out today in Champaign, but we are open at Museum of the Grand Prairie! This program is part of Welcoming Week for newcomers to our museum and to Champaign County from all over the world. Join us as we make ice cream, and stay to take a self-guided tour of our museum and gardens! Moms and Dads, Aunts and Uncles and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

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  • Take a Child Outside Scavenger Hunt
    9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Take a Child Outside Scavenger Hunt

    Saturday, September 23

    TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE SCAVENGER HUNT

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Fall into this fun activity! We will be doing a Scavenger Hunt through the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden looking for signs of autumn. Participants will also learn about simple and compound leaves, identify various trees and take a guided tour of the area. $4 per child. All ages. Register by September 21: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or mwhitacre@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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  • 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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  • 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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