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  • Spring Cleanup
    3/31/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Spring Cleanup

    Friday March 31

    SPRING CLEANUP

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1–4 p.m.

    Help get the Interpretive Center spruced up for the season! We will clean out flower beds, spread mulch, and do general cleanup. Bring gloves and be sure to dress for the weather. All ages. Please register: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Exhibit Opening: A Bird's Eye View: 100 Years of a Changing Illinois Landscape
    4/1/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Exhibit Opening: A Bird's Eye View: 100 Years of a Changing Illinois Landscape

    Saturday, April 1

    EXHIBIT OPENING

    A Bird’s Eye View: 100 years of a Changing Illinois Landscape

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

    Our region is a vital link in the Mississippi Flyway, a major migration route for millions of birds, and the decisions we make here have impacts on the continent’s bird populations. This 2017 special exhibit explores how the landscape has changed – from a bird’s perspective – over the past 100 years. Some have benefitted while others have declined! There will be fun bird-related activities offered throughout the day. All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Fantastic Foxes
    4/4/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Fantastic Foxes

    Tuesday, April 4

    GROWING UP WILD: FANTASTIC FOXES

    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! We’ll learn about sly foxes and their adaptations. Activities will include learning how to “fox walk” and making a puppet. 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 April 1: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Fantastic Foxes
    4/7/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Fantastic Foxes

    Friday, April 7

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: FANTASTIC FOXES             

    Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1011 a.m.

    This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll learn about sly foxes and their adaptations. Activities will include learning how to “fox walk” and making a puppet. 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: April 4: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Illinois Riverwatch Full Workshop
    4/8/2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Illinois Riverwatch Full Workshop

    Saturday, April 8

    ILLINOIS RIVERWATCH FULL WORKSHOP

    Izaak Walton Cabin, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9 a.m-4 p.m.

    Want to get involved in the stewardship of the state’s rivers and streams? Grab your rubber boots and join the Illinois RiverWatch Program. During this interactive workshop, we will learn to identify stream macro-invertebrates and practice proper monitoring techniques at a local stream. Equipment will be provided. Please bring knee-high boots or waders, sun block, insect repellent, a water bottle and lunch. After completing the workshop, you may adopt a local stream site and monitor annually. Minors are welcome to attend at no cost as long as they are accompanied by an adult. To register, contact the RiverWatch Office at (618) 468-2784. $50 per person; must be paid in advance. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org, or visit www.ngrrec.org to learn more about RiverWatch.

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  • Springtime Herb Garden for Kids
    4/8/2017 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Springtime Herb Garden for Kids

    Saturday, April 8

    SPRINGTIME HERB GARDEN FOR KIDS

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

    Children will plant a variety of herb seeds in unique containers which they will create. The herbs will grow and produce interesting flavors to add to your cooking. $3 per child. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or planted@ccfpd.org.

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  • Boneyard Arts Festival
    4/9/2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Boneyard Arts Festival

    Sunday, April 9

    BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1–5 p.m.
    Discover emerging and established local artists at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! We will be featuring local emerging and established artists, who will be on hand to talk about their display in the Museum’s Local Gallery. Join us for an afternoon of excitement, where you can chat with our artists, try your hand at art processes, and of course enjoy music by the Young and the Fretless! All ages. FREE! For more info: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature at Night: Magnificent Moths
    4/21/2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Nature at Night: Magnificent Moths

    Friday, April 21

    NATURE AT NIGHT: MAGNIFICENT MOTHS

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

    Did you know there are 1,850 species of moths that live in Illinois? As we hike and search for these winged creatures, we’ll practice some identification techniques that will be very impressive in the spring. This experience is one of a kind, and is great for the whole family. $3 per person. Registration required: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Growing Up Wild: Garden Friends
    5/2/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Growing Up Wild: Garden Friends

    Growing Up Wild: Garden Friends

    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! This month, we’ll explore the sights, sounds, and smells of a garden in spring. We will examine parts of a plant up close, and play with wriggly worms! 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 April 28: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Garden Friends
    5/5/2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Garden Friends

    Friday, May 5                

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: GARDEN FRIENDS 

    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! This month, we’ll explore the sights, sounds, and smells of a garden in spring. We will examine parts of a plant up close, and play with wriggly worms! 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: May 2: ccfpd.org, (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.  

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  • May Day
    5/6/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    May Day

    Saturday, May 6

    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: (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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