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  • Party Like it's 1900! New Year's Day Noon Day Celebration
    12/31/2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Party Like it's 1900! New Year's Day Noon Day Celebration

    Sunday, December 31

    PARTY LIKE IT'S 1900! NEW YEAR'S DAY NOON DAY CELEBRATION!

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

    Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the New Year on Jan 1st? Why do we make resolutions? And just what is the story behind Baby New Year and Father Time? These and other questions will be answered as we play games, eat snacks, and make crafts that were popular in the year 1900. We will have a mix of music from 1900 and now as we celebrate and do our count down at Noon - complete with balloon drop! All ages. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

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  • A Winter Break: Remarkable Reptiles
    1/2/2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    A Winter Break: Remarkable Reptiles

    Tuesday, January 2

    A WINTER BREAK: REMARKABLE REPTILES

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 3-4 p.m.

    Come in from the cold before the kids head back to school, and enjoy meeting our resident reptiles up close! We’ll bring out the turtles and the snake and learn about what makes them special creatures. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccpfd.org.

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  • The Wonders of Winter: Winter Drop-In Event
    1/12/2018 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    The Wonders of Winter: Winter Drop-In Event

    Friday, January 12

    THE WONDERS OF WINTER: WINTER DROP-IN EVENT

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 12-4 p.m.

    Join us in celebrating the wonders of winter and find out why there’s snow place like Homer Lake in the wintertime! Find out what animals have been hibernating, identify animals by the tracks they leave, create a craft, and enjoy some FREE hot chocolate! We will also be showcasing some of our resident reptiles for a chance to meet them up close! This program is a great opportunity to find out what happens in the forest wilderness during winter. Activities will be self-guided and appropriate for all ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: Martin Luther Kind Day Celebration
    1/15/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    School's Out: Martin Luther Kind Day Celebration

    Monday, January 15

    School’s Out: Martin Luther King Day Celebration

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-3 p.m.

    Join us as we explore the rich cultural heritage of the African American community in Champaign County on this Martin Luther King Day! We will learn about the life of Dr. King, celebrate his legacy and learn how we can keep his mission alive today. Activities will include a choose your own adventure game from National History Day’s “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange”, videos and songs about MLK, stories for families to share, crafts, and a fun snack you will help create! All ages. FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org

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  • Garden Speaker Series: Sustainable
    1/21/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Garden Speaker Series: Sustainable

    Sunday, January 21

    GARDEN SPEAKER SERIES: SUSTAINABLE

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-4 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 answer any questions you may have. Local popcorn will be distributed as well! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Full Moon Hike
    1/31/2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Full Moon Hike

    Wednesday, January 31

    FULL MOON HIKE

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

    The full moon of January was once called the “wolf moon” because Native Americans observed wolves in the moonlight at this time of year. This year, we will be observing the full moon at its peak! We won’t see wolves, but we will take an interesting hike, and we may hear the howl of coyotes! The program will begin with a brief presentation indoors, and then we will head outside for the remainder of the event. Please dress for the weather. All ages. $3 per person, children 2 & under are free. Register by Jan 30 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Special Exhibit: A Place for all People
    2/1/2018 8:00 AM - 3/23/2018 5:00 PM

    Special Exhibit: A Place for all People

    Thursday, February 1 - Friday March 23

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT: A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    Celebrate African American History Month by getting a taste of what you can find in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This special Smithsonian exhibit features highlights from the national museum located in Washington, D.C. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Special Exhibit: A Place for all People
    2/1/2018 8:00 AM - 3/23/2018 5:00 PM

    Special Exhibit: A Place for all People

    Thursday, February 1 - Friday March 23

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT: A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    Celebrate African American History Month by getting a taste of what you can find in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This special Smithsonian exhibit features highlights from the national museum located in Washington, D.C. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Special Exhibit: A Place for all People
    2/1/2018 8:00 AM - 3/23/2018 5:00 PM

    Special Exhibit: A Place for all People

    Thursday, February 1 - Friday March 23

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT: A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    Celebrate African American History Month by getting a taste of what you can find in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This special Smithsonian exhibit features highlights from the national museum located in Washington, D.C. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Frog Call Survey Training: Boinks, Peeps
    2/3/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Frog Call Survey Training: Boinks, Peeps

    Saturday, February 3

    FROG CALL SURVEY TRAINING: BOINKS, PEEPS & TWANGS

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

    The Forest Preserve District is looking for volunteers for our Frog Call Survey citizen science program! Attend this training session to learn about how frog monitoring works and how to identify frogs by their calls. Participants will receive a complimentary CD of frog calls to take home. There will be a follow-up optional field training session March 15. Dress for the weather, as we may go on a short hike. FREE. Register by Feb 1 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Special Exhibit: A Place for all People
    2/1/2018 8:00 AM - 3/23/2018 5:00 PM

    Special Exhibit: A Place for all People

    Thursday, February 1 - Friday March 23

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT: A PLACE FOR ALL PEOPLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    Celebrate African American History Month by getting a taste of what you can find in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This special Smithsonian exhibit features highlights from the national museum located in Washington, D.C. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

     

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