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  • Owl Prowl
    2/10/2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 10

    OWL PROWL

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6–8 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County during the winter months, and for some species this is their breeding season. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! This program begins indoors with a slideshow, then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under free. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl
    2/17/2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 17

    OWL PROWL

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6–8 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County during the winter months, and for some species this is their breeding season. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! This program begins indoors with a slideshow, then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under free. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: We 'Love' our Presidents
    2/20/2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    School's Out: We 'Love' our Presidents

    Monday, February 20

    SCHOOL’S OUT: WE ‘LOVE’ OUR PRESIDENTS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 

    What was it like growing up in a log cabin? Just how tall was Abraham Lincoln, anyway, and why did he wear that tall silk hat? Come explore these questions and other President’s Day ideas through stories, activities and artifacts, President’s Day themed snacks, crafts and historical games!  All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl
    2/24/2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    Friday, February 24

    OWL PROWL

    Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 6–8 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County during the winter months, and for some species this is their breeding season. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! This program begins indoors with a slideshow, then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under free. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Maple Sugar Day
    2/25/2017 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Maple Sugar Day

    Saturday, February 25

    MAPLE SUGAR DAY

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10–11:30 a.m. OR 1–2:30 p.m.

    Did you know that the Homer Lake Forest Preserve has a 200 year-old Sugar Maple Grove? People have been tapping sugar maple trees to make sugar and syrup for centuries, and now you can, too! Explore the science and the history behind maple sugaring, learn how to do it yourself, and even take home a sample of syrup made from our very own trees. All ages. $5 per person. Space is limited. Register by Feb 24; ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Threatened and Endangered Plants Talk
    2/26/2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Threatened and Endangered Plants Talk

    Sunday, February 26

    THREATENED AND ENDANGERED PLANTS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 – 3 p.m.

    Join us for a presentation by Plant Ecologist and Botanist, Dr. John B. Taft, from the Illinois Natural History Survey. Dr. Taft will speak about the rare species that formerly and currently occur in Illinois, including those that are threatened and endangered. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-1286 or planted@ccfpd.org.

     

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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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