Summer 2020 – April 30, 2021
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, During Regular Open Hours
Earth Day has been called the “least understood famous event in modern American history.” It spontaneously emerged on a truly grassroots level in response to “a time when people could see, smell and taste pollution” in their daily lives. On the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, 20 million people participated in thousands of events throughout the U.S.
Local history is rich as well, as leaders in Champaign County emerged – average citizens who passionately worked to make the world a better place. They formed groups like Households Involved in Pollution Solutions, Students for Environmental Concerns, and one family produced and sold their own version of a Flag of Earth. Many women in particular emerged as community leaders for the first time as they found a new voice and new opportunities.
Learn more at the exhibit!
Also be sure to check out our Earth Day video playlist on the CCFPD YouTube channel.
The Grand Prairie region in Illinois spans over 30 counties and was formerly occupied primarily by tallgrass prairie, marshes, potholes, and woodlands along the rivers. This vast plain, shaped by glaciers and maintained by fire, is now one of the most important agricultural areas in the world. Explore the history of this landscape and its peoples when you visit the Center!
Delve deeper into the unique story of the Grand Prairie, the landscape the settlers first encountered, and the Forest Preserve District’s methods for maintaining remnants of this unique habitat on our sites. And encounter the success stories of once-rare species in Illinois, such as bald eagles, river otters, and sandhill cranes.
Enjoy our aquariums with live turtles a catfish, watch birds and wildlife at the feeders from the comfort of an indoor bench, and learn about the wildlife that call Homer Lake home.