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  • Museum Mondays: Veggie (Garden) Tales
    7/31/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Veggie (Garden) Tales

    Monday, July 31

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: VEGGIE (GARDEN) TALES

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

    At the Discovery Garden, kids will learn all about gardening for food! From planting to harvesting to the difference between “annuals” and “perennials”, we will learn about vegetable gardening by getting our hands dirty! FREE. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Nature's Engineers
    8/1/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Nature's Engineers

    Tuesday, August 1

    GROWING UP WILD: NATURE’S ENGINEERS  

    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! Beavers can alter the landscape by building dams and lodges, so their reputation as engineers is well deserved. We’ll hold beaver skulls, pelts, and you’ll get to build your own dam. 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 July 29: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Nature's Engineers
    8/4/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Nature's Engineers

    Friday, August 4

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: NATURE’S ENGINEERS

    Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Beavers can alter the landscape by building dams and lodges, so their reputation as engineers is well deserved. We’ll hold beaver skulls, pelts, and you’ll get to build your own dam. 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: August 1: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    8/5/2017 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
    8/6/2017 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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  • Museum Mondays: Go Green
    8/7/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: Go Green

    Monday, August 7 

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: GO GREEN!

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

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose—sound familiar? Today we will learn about how we can help our planet, with help from the past. Before everything was mass-produced and disposable, people would make the most out of everything. Find out how you can use your imagination to repurpose something as simple as a toilet paper roll—and more! FREE. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Sunset Paddle
    8/10/2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Sunset Paddle

     

    Thursday, August 10

    SUNSET PADDLE

    Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Learn who comes out when the sun goes down as we explore aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Previous canoe experience is required. All equipment will be provided; please bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe. Space is limited. Register by July 31: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    8/12/2017 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
    8/13/2017 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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  • Summer Garden Concert Series: Killer Bee Honey
    8/13/2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Summer Garden Concert Series: Killer Bee Honey

    Sunday, August 13

    SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT SERIES: KILLER BEE HONEY

    Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.
    Join us for an evening of music with a view in our stunning Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden! Killer Bee Honey will play a mix of original music and crowd favorites while you relax and enjoy refreshments from local vendors. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612.

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  • Museum Mondays: I Scream, You Scream
    8/14/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Museum Mondays: I Scream, You Scream

    Monday, August 14

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM…
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    We all scream for ICE CREAM! It's always been delicious, but it wasn't always such a common treat. We'll show you how ice cream has been made for many years, and also show you fun ways to make it at home. For those with allergies, we will be using dairy products, so please come prepared! FREE. Drop-in program. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Volunteer Lunch and Workshop
    8/18/2017 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Volunteer Lunch and Workshop

    Friday, August 18
    VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON AND WORKSHOP

    Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Join us as we show our sincere appreciation for our present and future volunteers. After a light lunch enjoy a presentation by our education staff, and if the weather is cooperating, go for a short hike. Even if you are a new, come enjoy this luncheon in honor of you! Please register by August 15: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or sclementz@ccfpd.org.

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  • Introduction to Geocaching
    8/18/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Introduction to Geocaching

    Friday, August 18

    INTRODUCTION TO GEOCACHING

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

    Geocaching uses GPS units to search for hidden treasure in an exciting outdoor quest for the whole family! Join us for an introduction to the spirit and hobby of geocaching, followed by a hike to find a multi-cache hidden in the preserve. A limited number of GPS units will be provided for participants to share; you may bring your own handheld GPS if you have one. $2 per person; children 2 and under FREE. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    8/19/2017 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
    8/20/2017 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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  • Bats at the Bridge
    8/25/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Bats at the Bridge

    Friday, August 25

    BATS AT THE BRIDGE

    Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6:30-8 p.m.

    A single Illinois bat can eat up to 3,000 insects each night! Join us to learn more about these ecologically important mammals and how white-nose syndrome is affecting their populations. After a short presentation indoors, we will head over to the Covered Bridge to look for the bats that roost there. $3 per person; children 2 and under are FREE. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    8/26/2017 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
    8/27/2017 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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  • 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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