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  • Owl Prowl: All Ages
    2/1/2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Owl Prowl: All Ages

    Friday, February 1

    OWL PROWL: ALL AGES

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County during the winter months, and some species breed during this time. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! This program begins indoors with a presentation, and then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under are free. Space is limited; register by Jan 31 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Garden Speaker Series Trees and Insects: From Pollinators to Pests
    2/3/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Garden Speaker Series Trees and Insects: From Pollinators to Pests

    Sunday, February 3

    GARDEN SPEAKER SERIES

    Trees and Insects: From Pollinators to Pests

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

    Anyone who views trees during any season can’t help but notice the creatures flying around the flowers, the leaves showing various states of disrepair, the lumps, bumps, and odd shapes found on branches and leaves, and the many webs, cast skins, and other debris left behind after a busy growing season. Join Dr. Michael Jeffords, an entomologist within the Prairie Research Institute, as he explores some of the unique insect and tree interactions that regularly occur in Illinois forests. Learn what you can plant or do to preserve the important relationship between insects and trees. Be sure to visit our special outdoor exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, to learn more about threatened and endangered trees and action you can take to save them. Exhibit created by The Morton Arboretum and The Global Trees Campaign. Adults. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Brown Bag Volunteer Luncheon Series: Fire and Its Modern Uses
    2/4/2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Brown Bag Volunteer Luncheon Series: Fire and Its Modern Uses

    Monday, February 4
    BROWN BAG VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON SERIES: FIRE & ITS MODERN USES

    Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Both current and new volunteers are welcome to join us as we kick off our new Brown Bag Volunteer Luncheon Series! Bring lunch and a friend to learn more about volunteer opportunities and what CCFPD has to offer. Mike Daab of the CCFPD Natural Resources department will join us to discuss fire and the positive effects it can have on our natural environment. We’ll also celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday with a birthday cake! Afterwards, be sure to visit the Smokey Bear exhibit at the Interpretive Center. Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Please RSVP by January 31: (217) 586-3360 or volunteer@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl: All Ages
    2/8/2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Owl Prowl: All Ages

    Friday, February 8

    OWL PROWL: ALL AGES

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

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County during the winter months, and some species breed during this time. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! This program begins indoors with a presentation, and then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Register early for this popular program. All ages. $5 per person; children 2 & under are free. Space is limited; register by Feb 7 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • 1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Civil Rights In Champaign County
    2/10/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Civil Rights In Champaign County

    Sunday, February 10

    1968 EXHIBIT SPEAKER SERIES: CIVIL RIGHTS IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

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

    1968 was a flashpoint in the fight for Civil Rights in both Champaign County and throughout the United States. With the assassination of many leaders of the movement taking place in the 1960s, including Martin Luther King Jr. in April of 1968, the year was absolutely crucial in the fight for equality at home and around the nation. Join us for an engaging panel discussion on local civil rights-related issues featuring Candy Foster, Izona Burgess, and Stan West, prominent community members present at the time. Come out to the museum early and check out our special exhibit, 1968: A Time for Every Purpose, to learn more about civil rights from that change-making year. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Frog Call Survey Training: Boinks, Peeps & Twangs
    2/16/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Frog Call Survey Training: Boinks, Peeps & Twangs

    Saturday, February 16

    FROG CALL SURVEY TRAINING: BOINKS, PEEPS & TWANGS

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-4 p.m.

    The Forest Preserve District is looking for volunteers for our Frog Call Survey citizen science program! Attend this training session to learn about how frog monitoring works and how to identify frogs by their calls. Participants will receive a complimentary CD of frog calls to take home. There will be a follow-up optional field training session April 11. Dress for the weather, as we may go on a short hike. Ages 18 & up. FREE. Register by Feb 15 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Garden Speakers Series: Ensuring that Illinois Trees Do Not Become Endangered
    2/17/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Garden Speakers Series: Ensuring that Illinois Trees Do Not Become Endangered

    Sunday, February 17

    GARDEN SPEAKER SERIES

    Ensuring that Illinois Trees Do Not Become Endangered

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

    Illinois is proud to be called the “breadbasket of the world”, with more than 75% of the land given over to agriculture. But another 12 to 15% is under urbanization, leaving some of our native trees in as serious a position of potential extinction as threatened trees in other parts of the world. Elizabeth Jeffery, Professor Emerita from UIUC and Master Naturalist, will present an engaging talk about native Illinois tree species in the greatest danger and what you can do to help at home. Be sure to visit our special outdoor exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, to learn more about threatened and endangered trees and action you can take to save them. Exhibit created by The Morton Arboretum and The Global Trees Campaign. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • School's Out: Celebrate George Washington & Abe Lincoln
    2/18/2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    School's Out: Celebrate George Washington & Abe Lincoln

     

    Monday, February 18

    School’s Out:  Celebrate George Washington & Abe Lincoln! 

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

    Come celebrate the legacy of two of our nation’s most beloved presidents—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln! Make some presidential crafts while watching videos and singing songs that teach about President’s Day. Make a fun snack to fill out the celebration!  All ages. FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.

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  • Schools Out: Backyard Bird Count
    2/18/2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Schools Out: Backyard Bird Count

    Monday, February 18

    SCHOOL’S OUT: GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1-5 p.m.

    Enjoy making bird-themed crafts and help count the birds at our feeders for this citizen science event. From 2-4 p.m., see birds up close with UI researchers as they demonstrate mist netting at the bird feeders. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • Owl Prowl: Adults
    2/20/2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Owl Prowl: Adults

    Wednesday, February 20

    OWL PROWL: ADULTS

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

    Why prowl for owls in February? More owls can be found in Champaign County amid the winter months, and some species breed during this time. That means we have a good chance of hearing or seeing a live owl in the wild! Participants will get a chance to dissect owl pellets and take them home! This program begins indoors with a slideshow, and then we will hit the trails to call and search for owls! Register early for this popular program. Ages 15 & up, participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person. Space is limited; register by Feb 19 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Maple Sugar Days
    2/23/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Maple Sugar Days

     Saturday, February 23 - Cancelled due to weather

    MAPLE SUGAR DAYS

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 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 for the morning session or the afternoon session. Register by Feb 22 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Registration for Summer Camps Opens
    3/1/2019 12:00 AM

    Registration for Summer Camps Opens

    Friday, March 1

    SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMPS!

    Registration for summer camps at Homer Lake and Lake of the Woods Forest Preserves opens March 1. Sign up today for these popular programs! For ages 3-12 years old. Visit ccfpd.org for more info and to register.

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  • Nature Play Pre-K: Backyard Birders
    3/1/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: Backyard Birders

    Friday, March 1

    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: BACKYARD BIRDERS!

    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! For our first program of 2019, we will learn all about the birds you can find right in your backyard! Dress up like a bird, practice bird calls, and make a bird feeder to take home! This is a chance for parents/guardians to engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we may go for a short hike. Join us on at Homer Lake on the first Friday of each month for a new topic! FREE. Space is limited; register by Feb 28 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.

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  • Maple Sugar Days
    3/2/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Maple Sugar Days

    Saturday, March 2

    MAPLE SUGAR DAYS

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2 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 for the morning session or the afternoon session. Register by Mar 1 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Create Your Own Dinosaur Habitat
    3/2/2019 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

    Create Your Own Dinosaur Habitat

    Saturday, March 2

    CREATE YOUR OWN DINOSAUR HABITAT

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Kids will design a miniature dinosaur habitat for their miniature dinosaur toy friends. Create and build with all the natural and recycled items we can find! $10 per garden. Register by Feb 27 at ccfpd.org, For more info: (217) 586-2612 or mmontez@ccfpd.org.

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  • Exhibit: Audubon Photography Awards
    3/6/2019

    Exhibit: Audubon Photography Awards

    Wednesday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 27

    EXHIBIT: AUDUBON PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, During Regular Open Hours

    Today’s best bird photography is a portal into the natural world, and these images from the Audubon Photography Awards will inspire and inform you. The twelve images on display were chosen from nearly 8,000 images submitted to the National Audubon Society in 2018 in the Amateur, Professional, and Youth categories. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or pleiter@ccfpd.org.

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  • The Next Step in Letterboxing: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
    3/9/2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    The Next Step in Letterboxing: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

    Saturday, March 9

    The Next Step in Letterboxing: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Are you an experienced letterboxer looking to improve your skills? Attend this free program that will include multiple sessions to help improve your stamp-carving, box hiding, logbook making, box preparation, box listing, and much more. Letterboxers are encouraged to bring a covered dish for a potluck style lunch. This training will give you the skills you need to attend our “Homerdoodle in the Woods” event in July! Bring a box to plant in the area for other avid letterboxers! FREE. Register by March 8 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Garden Speaker Series Trees and their Value to All
    3/10/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Garden Speaker Series Trees and their Value to All

    Sunday, March 10

    GARDEN SPEAKER SERIES

    TREES AND THEIR VALUE TO ALL

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

    For thousands of years, trees have possessed many cultural values and symbolic functions to humans. Countless other forms of wildlife depend heavily on the world’s tree species. Without them, humans and animals would be missing a vital piece of their existence. Join Susan McIntyre, an ecologist with the Prairie Research Institute, for an engaging presentation that will discuss the cultural impact trees have had on wildlife and humans, such as Native Americans and early European Americans. Ms. McIntyre will also offer suggestions to reduce your impact on the natural world and protect crucial natural resources, such as trees. Find out what you can plant or do to help keep trees and the natural world safe for generations to come. Be sure to visit our special outdoor exhibit, Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat, to learn more about threatened and endangered trees, and action you can take to save them. Exhibit created by The Morton Arboretum and The Global Trees Campaign. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

     

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