Homeschool Program: Prairie Adventures
Friday, September 7
HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: PRAIRIE ADVENTURES
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This multi-disciplinary learning experience incorporates settlers’ harvesting, and prairie animals and plants. Investigate Buffalo Trace Prairie, witness a prairie burn demo, and see and touch harvesting tools and bison bones! This program is a somewhat intense and busy day. Most of it will be outdoors, with significant walking; please dress appropriately. Recommended for children 8 years old and up, with parental accompaniment suggested. No toddlers or strollers please. $3 per child. Register at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Play Pre-K: Soak Up The Sun
NATURE PLAY PRE-K: SOAK UP THE SUN
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! Colder months are just around the corner, so we will use today to take advantage of a day spent in the warm sun. 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 Interpretive Center. FREE. Space is limited; register by Sept 6 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or email@example.com.
Saturday, September 8
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 8 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars in one of the darkest locations in the county. We will begin in the Activity Center at 8 p.m. with information on Middle Fork’s achievements with the Dark Sky Initiative and a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake. Then we will drive to the North Waterfowl Management Area to view the stars, planets, and more! Arrivals past 9 p.m. should report straight to the Waterfowl Management Area. Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or email@example.com.
NOTE: If cloudy skies are in the forecast, the starwatch may be cancelled. Be sure to call the Staerkel Planetarium answering machine at (217) 351-2567 for cancellation updates. If in doubt, call. No cloud date.
Grandparent's Day at the Playscape
Sunday, September 9
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. All ages. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Things that Bug You: Mosquitoes and Ticks
Friday, September 14
THINGS THAT BUG YOU: MOSQUITOES AND TICKS
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6-7 p.m.
Curious about mosquitoes and ticks? We will discuss their lifecycles, ecology, and surprising facts! Preserved specimens will be available for you to see, and we’ll give pointers for protecting yourself from these critters. All ages. FREE. Register by Sept 13 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896 2455 or email@example.com.
History along the Rail Trail
Saturday, September 15
HISTORY ALONG THE RAIL TRAIL
Kickapoo Rail Trail, Urbana Walmart Access Point, 8-10 a.m.
Want to learn about the rich cultural history that surrounds the Kickapoo Rail Trail area? Join us for an engaging 6.7-mile bicycle tour of the trail as we stop along the way to discuss local history. The tour will begin at the access point near the northern end of the Urbana Walmart’s parking lot, and end near The Wheelhouse restaurant in St. Joseph. Bring your own bike; participants should make arrangements to return from St. Joseph. Light snacks provided. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Space is limited, so register early! Ages 13 and up. $3 per person. Register by Sept 14 at ccfpd.org; For more info: (217) 586-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1968 Exhibit Speaker Series: Archipelagos on the Prairie: Mid-Century Modernism in Central Illinois
Sunday, September 16
1968 EXHIBIT SPEAKER SERIES
ARCHIPELAGOS ON THE PRAIRIE: MID-CENTURY MODERNISM IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 p.m.
Jack Baker, John G. Replinger, and A. Richard Williams taught at the University of Illinois, and advanced design practices over four decades that were influential in promoting modernism in the Midwest. Many of their architectural projects received statewide and national recognition from the American Institute of Architects. Come learn how their work integrated regional influences, organic materials, and careful considerations of place into modern functional architecture. Collectively, their built work is a legacy of mid-century modernity which began in east central Illinois. Lecture by UI Professor Emeritus Paul Armstrong. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
Make Ice Cream with New Friends
Wednesday, September 19
MAKE ICE CREAM WITH NEW FRIENDS
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 a.m - 12 p.m AND 1-3 p.m.
School is out today in Champaign, but we are open at Museum of the Grand Prairie! This program is part of Welcoming Week for newcomers to our museum and to Champaign County from all over the world. Join us as we make ice cream, and stay to take a self-guided tour of our museum and gardens! Moms and Dads, Aunts and Uncles and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is a collaboration with the University of Illinois YMCA. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature at Night: Welcome in the Wilderness
Friday, September 21
NATURE AT NIGHT: WELCOME IN THE WILDERNESS
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Join us at Homer Lake for a guided hike through the woods as we celebrate the end of Welcoming Week and kick off Take a Child Outside Week. We will begin indoors with an overview of the flora and fauna of Homer Lake, then we will hit the trails! Whether you are an experienced outdoorsman or looking for something new to do, bring your families and friends out to Homer Lake for a night hike and a chance to engage your senses in a new way. FREE. All ages. Space is limited; register by Sept 20 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or email@example.com.
Take a Child Outside Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 22
TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE SCAVENGER HUNT
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.
Fall into this fun activity! We will be doing a Scavenger Hunt through the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden looking for signs of autumn. Participants will also learn about simple and compound leaves, identify various trees and take a guided tour of the area. $3 per child. All ages. Register by Sept 19 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dancing in the Garden
Sunday, September 23
DANCING IN THE GARDEN
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 3-5 p.m.
Join the Central Illinois English Country Dancers for some dancing in our beautiful Botanical Gardens.
English country dancing is joyous, lively movement to elegant music in a friendly, informal setting. All dances will be taught and then prompted. Live music will be provided by The Flatland Consort, a group of local musicians. Everyone is welcome to join in the dancing! No partners, costumes or previous experience are needed. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or email@example.com.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Play Pre-K: Senses and Seasons
Friday, October 5
NATURE PLAY PRE-K: SENSES AND SEASONS
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.