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  • Growing Up Wild: Buggy Basics
    4/5/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Buggy Basics

    Thursday, April 5

    GROWING UP WILD: BUGGY BASICS

    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! We’ll sing and dance as we learn about bug bodies and habitats. This is a chance for parents/guardians to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. Join us at the Lake of the Woods on the first Thursday of each month for a new topic! $5 per child. Register by April 3 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Buggy Basics
    4/5/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Buggy Basics

    Friday, April 6

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: BUGGY BASICS                 

    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! We’ll sing and dance as we learn about bug bodies and habitats. This is a chance for parents/guardians to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. Join us at Homer Lake on the first Friday of each month for a new topic! $5 per child. Register by April 4 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Exhibit Opening: From Rail to Trail
    4/7/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Exhibit Opening: From Rail to Trail

    Saturday, April 7

    EXHIBIT OPENING: FROM RAIL TO TRAIL

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

    The new Kickapoo Rail Trail has a fascinating history of uses, from public transport along an electric line called the InterUrban, to the transport of goods along the CSX Railroad, to the current cycling trail. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Planting a Fairy Garden
    4/7/2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Planting a Fairy Garden

    Saturday, April 7

    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, colored gems, stones and other accessories. $10 per child or $5 if you bring your own accessories. Register by April 6 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • History of the Interurban Railroad
    4/7/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    History of the Interurban Railroad

    Saturday, April 7

    HISTORY OF THE INTERURBAN RAILROAD

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

    Join us to learn about the historical “Interurban railroad” and more! Local expert Dale Jenkins will present this exciting program about Illinois Traction, Illinois Terminal services, and the history of the line between Danville and Champaign-Urbana. Dale is an active member of the Illinois Traction Society, and author of the book, The Illinois Terminal Railroad: the Road of Personalized Services. After the presentation, feel free to explore our newest exhibit, From Rail to Trail.  FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Spring Has Sprung: Spring Drop-in Event
    4/14/2018 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Spring Has Sprung: Spring Drop-in Event

    Saturday, April 14

    SPRING HAS SPRUNG: SPRING DROP-IN EVENT

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

    Spring over to Homer Lake to join us in welcoming spring! Find out what animals are most active or just waking up from hibernating during this time, create a craft, and pick out some native plant seeds to plant at home! 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 during this season. Activities will be self-guided and appropriate for all ages. FREE. For more info: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org. 

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  • Boneyard Arts Festival: Stratton Elementary Arts Academy Emerging Arts Explore 1997
    4/15/2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Boneyard Arts Festival: Stratton Elementary Arts Academy Emerging Arts Explore 1997

    Sunday, April 16

    Boneyard Arts Festival: Stratton Elementary Arts Academy Emerging Arts Explore 1997

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-4 p.m.

    This year Stratton Elementary in Champaign is 20 years old and we are in on the celebration! Join us as we feature the artwork of students from Stratton who have learned about the history of 1997 (the year of their school’s founding) with museum educators, and have responded through artistic representations. Many of our young artists will be on hand to meet and greet, and we will have multimedia materials available for you to make and take your own amazing masterpiece! All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org

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  • Nature at Night: Forest Forbs
    4/20/2018 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Nature at Night: Forest Forbs

    Friday, April 20

    NATURE AT NIGHT: FOREST FORBS

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Join us at Homer Lake as we celebrate the emergence of our forest flowers! Find out what plants are just starting to bloom, what to look for soon, and learn some useful identification techniques. We will also have native plant seeds for participants to take home and plant! The program will begin with a brief presentation indoors, and then we will hike Flicker Woods Trail, where we will get a chance to see what’s blooming in our preserves and observe the forest at night. All ages. $3 per person, children 2 & under are free. Register by April 18 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Planting Your Own Monarch Butterfly Garden
    4/21/2018 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Planting Your Own Monarch Butterfly Garden

    Saturday, April 21

    PLANTING YOUR OWN MONARCH BUTTERFLY GARDEN

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

    The monarch butterfly is a flagship species for conservation. With a tremendous geographic range and amazing migration, monarchs draw attention from all over North America. Many other pollinators benefit from monarch conservation efforts as people work to preserve and create habitats. Children will plant seeds that can be taken home to provide a habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. All ages. $5 per person. Register by April 20 at ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

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  • Celebrate the Night Sky
    4/21/2018 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Celebrate the Night Sky

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY CELEBRATION

    Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 7:30–10:00 p.m.

    Join us in celebrating the wondrous night sky at one of the darkest locations in the county! International Dark Sky Week is a worldwide event that draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promotes simple solutions available to mitigate it. Learn about the night sky & lighting pollution, participate in family friendly activities, create & take home special crafts, speak with astronomy experts, and view the beautiful night sky! FREE. Drop-in. No registration required.  All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Letterboxing for Beginners: Road to Homerdoodle
    4/27/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Letterboxing for Beginners: Road to Homerdoodle

    Friday, April 27

    LETTERBOXING FOR BEGINNERS: ROAD TO HOMERDOODLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Ever wanted to go on a real-life treasure hunt? Attend this free training session to learn all about the art of Letterboxing, a real-life treasure hunt that involves art, puzzle-solving, and using clues to find hidden objects. We will have resident experts on site sharing their knowledge and helping new or beginner Letterboxers get started with this popular hobby. This training will give you the skills you need to attend our Homerdoodle event in June! All ages. FREE. All ages. Register by April 26 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Letterboxing for Beginners: Road to Homerdoodle
    4/27/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Letterboxing for Beginners: Road to Homerdoodle

    Friday, April 27

    LETTERBOXING FOR BEGINNERS: ROAD TO HOMERDOODLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Ever wanted to go on a real-life treasure hunt? Attend this free training session to learn all about the art of Letterboxing, a real-life treasure hunt that involves art, puzzle-solving, and using clues to find hidden objects. We will have resident experts on site sharing their knowledge and helping new or beginner Letterboxers get started with this popular hobby. This training will give you the skills you need to attend our Homerdoodle event in June! All ages. FREE. All ages. Register by April 26 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Wilderness Living Skills Workshop
    4/27/2018 6:00 PM - 4/29/2018 2:00 PM

    Wilderness Living Skills Workshop

    April 27-29, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Spend 3 days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you. This is an exciting class with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. Participants will learn to make rope, light fires with fire-by-friction, build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry, find food in the wild, and techniques of cooking food over a fire. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $200 per person. Register by April 20: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
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    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course. Also please note that the showerhouse may not yet be open for the season. 

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  • Wilderness Living Skills Workshop
    4/27/2018 6:00 PM - 4/29/2018 2:00 PM

    Wilderness Living Skills Workshop

    April 27-29, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Spend 3 days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you. This is an exciting class with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. Participants will learn to make rope, light fires with fire-by-friction, build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry, find food in the wild, and techniques of cooking food over a fire. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $200 per person. Register by April 20: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course. Also please note that the showerhouse may not yet be open for the season. 

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  • May Day
    4/28/2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    May Day

    Saturday, April 28

    MAY DAY

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-4 p.m.

    It has been a long winter and spring is finally here! Celebrate May Day and the beauty of spring at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Experience traditions connected with celebrating the first of May, including dancing around a May Pole with the Champaign Urbana English Country Dancers at 2 p.m., spring-themed crafts, music, and more! FREE. For more info: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Wilderness Living Skills Workshop
    4/27/2018 6:00 PM - 4/29/2018 2:00 PM

    Wilderness Living Skills Workshop

    April 27-29, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Burr Oak Group Campground, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

    Spend 3 days camping in the hardwood forests of Illinois where you will learn to make use of the landscape around you. This is an exciting class with lots of hands-on practice in the essential skills of wilderness survival. Participants will learn to make rope, light fires with fire-by-friction, build a shelter that will keep you warm and dry, find food in the wild, and techniques of cooking food over a fire. All this while still sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $200 per person. Register by April 20: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course. Also please note that the showerhouse may not yet be open for the season. 

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  • Food From the Past: 1968
    4/29/2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Food From the Past: 1968

    Sunday, April 29

    FOOD FROM THE PAST: 1968

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Are you hungry? Come and take part in this program as we uncover what was hitting people’s taste buds in the historic year of 1968. Preview our content from our upcoming exhibit 1968: A Time for Every Purpose by sampling popular and new food trends from that year prepared by food history expert Meagan Glaser. FREE. Register by April 27 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Is Anybody Home?
    5/4/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Is Anybody Home?

    Friday, May 4                

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: IS ANYBODY HOME?

    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 different kinds of animal homes - from animals in the trees to animals underground, and we will use our imagination to create animal homes out of natural materials. 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. Space is limited. FREE. Register by May 3 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Community Used Bike Sale
    5/5/2018 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Community Used Bike Sale

    Saturday, May 5

    COMMUNITY USED BIKE SALE at Champaign Cycle
    405 Country Fair Dr., Champaign, 10 a.m. – 4p.m.

    10th annual used bike sale to benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Donate or consign a bike to help build the trail.

     

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  • Letterboxing for Beginners: Road to Homerdoodle
    5/5/2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Letterboxing for Beginners: Road to Homerdoodle

    Saturday, May 5

    LETTERBOXING FOR BEGINNERS: ROAD TO HOMERDOODLE

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1-2:30 p.m.

    Ever wanted to go on a real-life treasure hunt? Attend this free training session to learn all about the art of Letterboxing, a unique treasure hunt that involves art, puzzle-solving, and using clues to find hidden objects. We will have resident experts on site sharing their knowledge and helping new or beginner Letterboxers get started with this popular hobby. This training will give you the skills you need to attend our Homerdoodle event in June! All ages. FREE. All ages. Register by May 4 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Special Exhibit Opening: 1968: A Time for Every Purpose
    5/6/2018 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Special Exhibit Opening: 1968: A Time for Every Purpose

    Sunday, May 6

    SPECIAL EXHIBIT OPENING EXTRAVAGANZA: 1968: A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE

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

    The Museum of the Grand Prairie, then the Early American Museum, was opened by the Champaign County Forest Preserve in the historic and turbulent year of 1968. Civil rights, assassinations, space missions, environmental awareness, and war permanently shaped the character and culture of Champaign County and the entire United States. Today we open our special exhibit for 2018, 1968: A Time for Every Purpose. This opening extravaganza will feature tours of the new exhibit, live music from the era, a mini car show in the parking lot, and other family-friendly activities! FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 pcain@ccfpd.org.

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