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  • Civil War for Homeschoolers
    10/29/2019 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Civil War for Homeschoolers

    Tuesday, October 29
    CIVIL WAR FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-2:30 pm
    Although no major Civil War battles were fought in Illinois, the war had a huge impact on our region. Learn about the effect war had on people living in Illinois and how their lives changed forever. Students will also learn what it was like to be a soldier preparing for battle, including how to march and drum like a real soldier! Ages 9-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per child. Register by Oct 22 at ccfpd.org. Space is limited. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or ksnyder@ccfpd.org.
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  • Nature Play Pre-K: The Nature of Winter
    11/1/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nature Play Pre-K: The Nature of Winter

    Friday, November 1
    NATURE PLAY PRE-K: THE NATURE OF WINTER
    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.
    This program is for preschoolers ages 3-6 to learn as we play in nature! Take a break from being indoors and gain appreciation for this surprisingly active time of year. 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 may go outdoors if weather permits. FREE. Space is limited; register by Oct 31 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.
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  • Explore Archaeology Open House
    11/2/2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Explore Archaeology Open House

    Saturday, November 2
    EXPLORE ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-4 p.m.
    Join museum staff, members of the East Central Illinois Archaeological Society, and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey in exploring the wondrous field of archaeology. Enjoy special displays, dioramas, films, activities and artifacts of interest to both adults and children. Both historical and prehistoric archaeology will be covered. Holly Labisky of ECIAS will also provide a brief presentation discussing local cemeteries and what can be learned from them. Join us to learn more about the archaeological discoveries and work taking place in Champaign County and across the state! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.
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  • Volunteer Lunch & Learn Series: Wondrous Winter Trees
    11/7/2019 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Volunteer Lunch & Learn Series: Wondrous Winter Trees

    Thursday, November 7
    VOLUNTEER LUNCH & LEARN SERIES: WONDROUS WINTER TREES
    Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Both current and new volunteers are welcome to join us for our Volunteer Lunch & Learn series! Bring lunch and a friend to learn more about volunteer opportunities and what CCFPD has to offer. Ryan Pankau, Horticultural Educator with the University of Illinois Extension Office, will join us to discuss trees and winter. Learn all about trees that thrive during the coldest season and the relationship trees and winter share. Light refreshments and beverages will be available. Please RSVP by Nov 1: (217) 586-3360 or volunteer@ccfpd.org.
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  • Night at the Museum: Blues and Brews
    11/8/2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Night at the Museum: Blues and Brews

    Friday, November 8
    NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BLUES & BREWS
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Ever wanted to be in our museum at night? Explore the museum after hours during this wonderful program while also enjoying one of the many great bands Champaign County has to offer - Kilborn Alley Blues Band. Past nominees for "Best New Artist Debut" and "Best Contemporary Blues Album" at past Blues Music Awards, their music has impressed fans and critics not just in this area, but worldwide! Also, a local brewery will be on-hand serving craft beers and a selection of wines at a cash bar! $3 per person Space is limited; register by Nov 7th. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

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  • Full Moon Hike
    11/13/2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Full Moon Hike

    Wednesday, November 13
    FULL MOON HIKE
    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 5:30-7 p.m.
    The full moon of November is historically named after beavers who are busy preparing for winter at this time of year. Tonight we will have a full moon; join us as we explore the moonlit wilderness and take in the sights and sounds of nature at night. Recommended for ages 10 and up as visibility will be low and talking will be at a minimum. $3 per person. Space is limited; register by November 12 at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.
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  • Third Saturday Hike
    11/16/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Third Saturday Hike

    Saturday, November 16
    THIRD SATURDAY HIKES
    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Fall and winter are some of the best times of the year for hiking. Join us on the third Saturday of the month this fall at Homer Lake and observe the changing of the seasons. Warm beverages will be available at the Interpretive Center after the hike. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org.
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  • Historic Houses of Lincoln's Illinois: 12th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series
    11/17/2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Historic Houses of Lincoln's Illinois: 12th Annual Lincoln Lecture Series

    Sunday, November 17
    HISTORIC HOUSES OF LINCOLN'S ILLINOIS
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 p.m.
    Erika Holst, curator of decorative arts and history at the Illinois State Museum will speak about the connections Abraham Lincoln has to several historic buildings within the 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, all of which are open to the public! Each site links today’s visitors with a place Lincoln lived, a home of a Lincoln friend or colleague, or a spot that illuminates Lincoln’s era and legacy in central Illinois. Based on Erika Holst's book of the same name, recently released by SIU Press, the author will sign books after the talk. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or bgarvey@ccfpd.org
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  • To Grandmother's House We Go!
    12/7/2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    To Grandmother's House We Go!

    Saturday, December 7
    TO GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE WE GO!
    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-5 p.m.
    Join us for a favorite annual program and see the museum decorated for the holidays! Visitors can make, wrap, and take home presents and decorations for their families and friends, including popcorn garland, chromolithograph ornaments, and more! We will also feature period-authentic carolers performing songs from the nineteenth century! FREE. All ages. Register at ccfpd.org. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.
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