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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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  • 9th Annual Bird Migration Festival
    5/13/2017 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    9th Annual Bird Migration Festival

    Saturday, May 13

    9th ANNUAL BIRD MIGRATION FESTIVAL

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

    ·      Mist Netting Demonstration: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    ·      Main Event: 1-4 p.m. (Storyteller: 2-3 p.m.)

    Bring your family and friends to Homer Lake to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and experience the sensations of spring! During the mist netting demonstration, we will have the chance to see live birds up close. At the main event, we will learn about the birds that live in our preserves, and where they go in the winter, through games, crafts, stories and more. Local storyteller Kathleen Brinkmann will be performing 2-3 p.m. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Nature at Night: Conservation Success Stories
    5/19/2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Nature at Night: Conservation Success Stories

    Friday, May 19

    NATURE AT NIGHT: CONSERVATION SUCCESS STORIES

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Animals like the bald eagle, river otter, and white-tailed deer have benefitted from conservation efforts, both nationwide and locally. We’ll discuss how populations of some species have grown over time and the policies that have made a positive impact. Then we’ll take a moon-lit hike to our wetlands, and see a real life conservation project! 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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  • Botanical Illustration for Beginners
    5/20/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Botanical Illustration for Beginners

    Saturday, May 20

    BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION FOR BEGINNERS

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

    Plants are our diverse and ever-present companions. We eat them, breathe with them, wear them and admire them. What better way to become familiar with these beautiful and varied heliophiles than to learn to draw and paint them? This intro to botanical illustration will introduce you to a number of techniques for drawing and painting plants in a realistic style. Come prepared to spend some of our time outside for sketching. Some supplies included with registration! For ages 15 and up. $18 per person. Registration required by May 14: ccfpd.org, (217) 586-2612 or kriopelle@ccfpd.org.

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    5/20/2017 8:00 PM - 5/21/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, May 20

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by CUAS Vice President Jeff Kouzmanoff, then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • CUAS Starwatch
    5/20/2017 8:00 PM - 5/21/2017 12:00 AM

    CUAS Starwatch

    Saturday, May 20

    CUAS STARWATCH

    Activity Center, Middle Fork Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. We’ll meet at the Activity Center at 8 p.m. for a short presentation by CUAS Vice President Jeff Kouzmanoff, then drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    5/27/2017 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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  • Take Me Fishing
    5/27/2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Take Me Fishing

    Saturday, May 27

    TAKE ME FISHING

    Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 9-11 a.m.

    Bring your family and friends out to the forest preserves for some free fishing fun! Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, the Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award! Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and under is required. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or cwalsh@ccfpd.org.

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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    5/28/2017 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
    6/3/2017 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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  • Naturalist Programs at Middle Fork
    6/4/2017 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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