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  • Ride to the Depot
    9/30/2018 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Ride to the Depot

    Bicycle Tour 30, 70, 100 mile routes & a 16 mile family route

    TOUR ENTRY FEE: 

    $40  by Sept. 25  -  $45 after Sept 25


     

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  • 1968 Exhibit Speakers Series: Vietnam Veterans Against the War: A Q&A Discussion
    9/30/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    1968 Exhibit Speakers Series: Vietnam Veterans Against the War: A Q&A Discussion

    Sunday, September 30

    1968 EXHIBIT SPEAKER SERIES

    VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR: A Q&A DISCUSSION

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

    U.S. led military forces won some of the hardest fought battles of the entire Vietnam War in 1968, but the U.S. government lost the battle of public opinion back home. Anti-war protests occurred across the country, including at the University of Illinois and National Democratic Convention in Chicago, and many U.S. troops returning home from Vietnam were badly mistreated. Join us as Joe Miller & Paul Wisovaty of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. briefly describe their experiences as they relate to the Vietnam War and then, the floor will be opened up for a fluid question & answer discussion with the audience. The Museum of the Grand Prairie's newest exhibit, 1968: A Time for Every Purpose, features a section dedicated to the Vietnam War. Be sure to visit it soon. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Senses and Seasons
    10/5/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Senses and Seasons

    Friday, October 5

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: SENSES AND SEASONS

    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! Today, we will use our senses to track down the changing seasons as we welcome the fall season. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to engage with your child as they experience the natural world with an hour of hands-on activities. Dress for the weather and a short hike; we will be outdoors for the entire program. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the Homer Lake Interpretive Center. FREE. Space is limited; register by Oct 4 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Lincoln Lecture Series: Reflection and Stories: Abraham Lincoln in Urbana
    10/7/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Lincoln Lecture Series: Reflection and Stories: Abraham Lincoln in Urbana

    Sunday, October 7
    11th ANNUAL LINCOLN LECTURE SERIES

    REFLECTIONS AND STORIES: ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN URBANA

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

    Abraham Lincoln used his time in Urbana making friends, enjoying the company of our county’s founders, and advancing his political career. However, Abe Lincoln was primarily a trial lawyer in the Champaign County court. And as former Director of Trial Advocacy at the University of Illinois’ College of Law and a practicing lawyer, Steve Beckett has made an avocation of studying Lincoln’s career as a trial attorney. His talk will cover that and other aspects of Lincoln’s local legacy. Steve Beckett is the former chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Advisory Board and a current member of the Abraham Lincoln Association Board of Directors. Don’t miss this kickoff of our 11th annual Lincoln Lecture Series. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

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  • Harvest Fest
    10/13/2018 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Harvest Fest

    Saturday, October 13 

    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 stories! Registered guests will receive one pumpkin per registrant. All ages. $3 per person, children 2 and under free. Register at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Pumpkin Pie Ride
    10/14/2018 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Pumpkin Pie Ride

    Join riders of all ages Sunday, October 14 for a fun event in what should be the best riding weather of the year. A 10 mile route for families with kids and a 30 mile route for others.. When you return you'll be treated to pumpkin pie and apple cider. Start at 1:30 pm from The Izaac Walton Cabin at Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet. All profits benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail. 
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  • Lincoln Lecture Series: Illinois Anit-Slavery and the Struggle for Freedom
    10/14/2018 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Lincoln Lecture Series: Illinois Anit-Slavery and the Struggle for Freedom

     Sunday, October 14

    11th ANNUAL LINCOLN LECTURE SERIES

    ILLINOIS ANTI-SLAVERY AND THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 p.m.
    Illinoisans played prominent roles in antislavery movements preceding the Civil War. Understanding the wide range of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations, and religious convictions – is important to understanding the escalation to war. Jeanne Schultz Angel will explore the role that the Underground Railroad played in the lives of Freedom Seekers and share information about several significant slavery and anti-slavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Her presentation will demonstrate the complexity of responses to the idea of slavery in the early days of statehood and link it to the impact of human trafficking in present day Illinois. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org

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  • Wilderness Skills Living Workshop
    10/19/2018 6:00 PM - 10/21/2018 2:00 PM

    Wilderness Skills Living Workshop

    October 19-21, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Indian Ridge 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 sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $200 per person. Register by Oct 12 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course.


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  • Wilderness Skills Living Workshop
    10/19/2018 6:00 PM - 10/21/2018 2:00 PM

    Wilderness Skills Living Workshop

    October 19-21, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Indian Ridge 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 sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $200 per person. Register by Oct 12 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course.


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  • Treasure Hunting in the Woods: An Introduction to Letterboxing
    10/20/2018 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Treasure Hunting in the Woods: An Introduction to Letterboxing

    Saturday, October 20th

    TREASURE HUNTING IN THE WOODS: AN INTRODUCTION TO LETTERBOXING

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods 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 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 in the Woods event in July! All ages. FREE. All ages. Register by October 19th at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org

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  • Capturing the Night Sky
    10/20/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Capturing the Night Sky

    Saturday, October 20

    CAPTURING THE NIGHT SKY

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 7 p.m.

    A clear night sky full of stars is one of nature’s most mesmerizing snapshots. Join us for this novice program and learn the basics of astrophotography - the art of photographing stars and other celestial objects. Bring your camera and tripod if you wish, but they aren't necessary to participate. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 7 p.m. where members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society will provide a presentation on the basics of astrophotography. Then we will drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to snap some pictures! Weather permitting. No cloud date. Please check the CCFPD Facebook page for weather updates regarding this program. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Wilderness Skills Living Workshop
    10/19/2018 6:00 PM - 10/21/2018 2:00 PM

    Wilderness Skills Living Workshop

    October 19-21, Friday 6 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.

    WILDERNESS LIVING SKILLS WORKSHOP

    Indian Ridge 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 sleeping in the comfort of your own tent. Adults only. $200 per person. Register by Oct 12 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.
    *Note:
    To help keep costs down, we do not provide food in this course.


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  • 1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Caught on Film: Our Story in Central Illinois, 1968
    10/21/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Caught on Film: Our Story in Central Illinois, 1968

    1968 EXHIBIT SPEAKER SERIES

    CAUGHT ON FILM: OUR STORY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS, 1968

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

    By 1968, there were 56,670,000 television sets in households across the United States. Television audiences were growing rapidly and TV was becoming a major source of news for most American citizens. Matt Metcalf, Archivist for WCIA 3, will present a variety of local news pieces from the area and offer some historical context for them. Be sure to check out our newest exhibit, 1968: A Time For Every Purpose, to identify many news-making events from this tumultuous year. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Full Moon Hike: Halloween Edition
    10/24/2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Full Moon Hike: Halloween Edition

    Wednesday, October 24

    FULL MOON HIKE: HALLOWEEN EDITION

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

    Halloween is almost here, so get in the spooky spirit by coming on a Full Moon Hike! We will use the light of the full moon to navigate Homer Lake. We won’t find werewolves or vampires, but we might hear some coyotes or see bats fly overhead! Dress for the weather. Costumes encouraged but not required. All ages. $3 per person, children 2 and under are free. Space is limited; Register by Oct 23 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: Old Timey Halloween
    10/26/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    School's Out: Old Timey Halloween

    Friday, October 26

    SCHOOL’S OUT: OLD TIMEY HALLOWEEN

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

    Don’t be spooked! We love to trick or treat every Halloween, but do you know where that tradition started? Make your own Halloween crafts, play old fashioned Halloween games, and learn about how Halloween traditions were shaped. Come and go anytime during the program to join in the fun. Costumes encouraged. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

     

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  • Seed Scatter
    10/27/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Seed Scatter

    Saturday, October 27

    SEED SCATTER

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

    Seeds can’t walk but they can travel very far. Hitchhiking, exploding, and parachuting are just a few ways that plants spread their seeds. Kids will learn how and why seeds need to move, plus make a craft that will take flight just like their seeds. $3 per child. Register by Oct 24 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or mmontez@ccfpd.org.

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  • 1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Movies at the Museum: Night of the Living Dead
    10/27/2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Movies at the Museum: Night of the Living Dead

    Saturday, October 27

    1968 EXHIBIT SPEAKER SERIES

    MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6:30 p.m.

    Released in the tumultuous year of 1968, Night of the Living Dead is still revered as a classic from the horror & zombie film genres. Join us for an evening of true terror as we screen this film on our big screen for FREE! Following the film, Jonathon Knipp of the University of Illinois Media & Cinema Studies department will lead a discussion about the film’s historical context, production/exhibition history, and enduring impact. Popcorn, candy, & drinks will all be available for only $1 each! Come out to the museum early and check out our newest exhibit 1968: A Time for Every Purpose to learn more about popular culture from that change-making year. Due to the graphic nature of this film, viewer discretion is advised. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • 11th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series: Electing Lincoln, Collecting Lincoln
    10/28/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    11th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series: Electing Lincoln, Collecting Lincoln

    Sunday October 28

    11TH ANNUAL LINCOLN LECTURE SERIES

    ELECTING LINCOLN, COLLECTING LINCOLN
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 p.m.
    Abraham Lincoln was elected to the presidency twice, once with running mate Hannibal Hamlin; the second time with the man who would succeed him upon his assassination, Andrew Johnson. The first election was a four way ticket, the second was a contentious battle against his former general George McLellan. Collector Kent Tucker will share pieces from his collection with the audience and talk about their importance to understanding these very unusual and interesting elections. Tucker will discuss earlier elections as time allows. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Winter is Wonderful
    11/2/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Winter is Wonderful

    Friday, November 2

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: WINTER IS WONDERFUL

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

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Today, we will learn all about what will happen in the forest preserves during the winter, and what we can do to help the animals that call Homer Lake home get through it! This is a chance for parents/grandparents to engage with your child as they experience the natural world with an hour of hands-on activities. Dress for the weather and a short hike; we may go outdoors if weather permits. FREE. Space is limited; register by Nov 1 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Winter is Wonderful
    11/2/2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Winter is Wonderful

    Friday, November 2

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: WINTER IS WONDERFUL

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

    This program is for preschoolers ages 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Today, we will learn all about what will happen in the forest preserves during the winter, and what we can do to help the animals that call Homer Lake home get through it! This is a chance for parents/grandparents to engage with your child as they experience the natural world with an hour of hands-on activities. Dress for the weather and a short hike; we may go outdoors if weather permits. FREE. Space is limited; register by Nov 1 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Explore Archaeology Open House
    11/3/2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Explore Archaeology Open House

    Saturday, November 3

    EXPLORE ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE

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

    Join museum staff, members of the East Central Illinois Archaeological Society, and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey in exploring the wondrous field of archaeology. Enjoy special displays, dioramas, films, activities and artifacts of interest to both adults and children. Both historical and prehistoric archaeology will be covered. Eve Hargrave of ISAS will also provide a brief presentation encouraging private collectors to share data about their collections (types, sites, etc.) with professional archaeologists. Your children may inherit your arrowhead collection, but we’d like to learn from it! Join us to learn more about the archaeological discoveries and work taking place in Champaign County and across the state! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • 1968 Speaker Series: A War for the Soul of America
    11/4/2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    1968 Speaker Series: A War for the Soul of America

    Sunday, November 4
    1968 EXHIBIT SPEAKER SERIES

    A WAR FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA

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

    1968 saw a large amount of heightened political & social tension as well as a cultural transformation. Dr. Andrew Hartman, author & professor from Illinois State University’s Department of History, will present this fascinating program discussing this turbulent year in our nation’s history. Dr. Hartman’s book, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars, discusses the roots of the culture wars in the tumultuous 1960s & their significance in U.S. history. Copies will be available for purchase & a book signing will follow the presentation. Be sure to check out our newest exhibit, 1968: A Time For Every Purpose, where many of the same themes are present. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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