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  • Summer Garden Concert: New Souls
    6/12/2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Summer Garden Concert: New Souls

    Sunday, June 12

    CCFPD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

    SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT: NEW SOULS

    Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.

    Help us kickoff this year’s Summer Concert series by welcoming New Souls! Some of the area’s most talented musicians make up this amazing trio. Mixing sounds of R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop & so much more, New Souls is certain to put on a great show! Enjoy the garden and celebrate summer with a concert you won’t want to miss! FREE. Programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org

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  • Museum Mondays: Toy Stories
    6/13/2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Museum Mondays: Toy Stories

    Monday, June 13

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: TOY STORIES

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Are the toys of yesterday that much different from the toys of today? Find out for yourself as we explore many toys and games from the museum’s collections. You will even be able to make and take a toy home! $5 per child Space is limited. Registration is required by June 10 at ccfpd.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

    Registration Link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1564

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  • Starwatch
    6/18/2022 9:00 PM - 6/19/2022 12:00 AM

    Starwatch

    Saturday, June 18

    STARWATCH

    North Waterfowl Management Area, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 9 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’ll meet at the North Waterfowl Management Area located just outside of the main Middle Fork River Forest Preserve. CUAS volunteers will have telescopes set up for participants to look through 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. All ages. Register by June 17 at ccfpd.org to receive updates. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 896-2455, ccfpd.org, or jwick@ccfpd.org.

    *In the event of inclement weather/overcast skies, the event may be cancelled. Cancellation notices will be made on the 351-2567 number answering machine and on our Facebook pages AT LEAST two hours prior to the program start time, and registered participants will be notified via email.

    Registration link:http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1559

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  • Starwatch
    6/18/2022 9:00 PM - 6/19/2022 12:00 AM

    Starwatch

    Saturday, June 18

    STARWATCH

    North Waterfowl Management Area, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 9 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’ll meet at the North Waterfowl Management Area located just outside of the main Middle Fork River Forest Preserve. CUAS volunteers will have telescopes set up for participants to look through 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. All ages. Register by June 17 at ccfpd.org to receive updates. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 896-2455, ccfpd.org, or jwick@ccfpd.org.

    *In the event of inclement weather/overcast skies, the event may be cancelled. Cancellation notices will be made on the 351-2567 number answering machine and on our Facebook pages AT LEAST two hours prior to the program start time, and registered participants will be notified via email.

    Registration link:http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1559

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  • Museum Mondays: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!
    6/20/2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Museum Mondays: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go!

    Monday, June 20

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: CARS AND TRUCKS AND THINGS THAT GO!

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    For thousands of years, humans have used wheels to transport themselves and items much faster than the speed of our own two legs. In the past 100 years, all sorts of vehicles have revolutionized our daily lives in more ways than we realize. Speed into the museum for a morning full of historical items and activities centered on motorcycles, cars, busses, trucks, trains, and many more vehicles with more than two wheels. Also, participate in “Touch-A-Truck” where we will have unique vehicles you can learn about and talk to their drivers! $5 per child. Space is limited. Registration required by June 17 at ccfpd.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

    Registration Link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1565

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  • Walk with a Naturalist
    6/24/2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Walk with a Naturalist

    Friday, June 24

    WALK WITH A NATURALIST

    Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11:30 a.m.

    Join us for a guided walk along one of the trails at Homer Lake Forest Preserve. We’ll point out interesting plant species, birds, insects, and more! If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in discussing, let us know! Meet at the Homer Lake Interpretive Center. All ages. FREE. Space is limited; registration required by June 23 at ccfpd.org. All attendees (adults and children) must register in advance. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org. 

    Registration link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1560

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  • Canoeing for Beginners
    6/25/2022 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Canoeing for Beginners

    Saturday, June 25

    CANOEING FOR BEGINNERS

    Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Never been in a canoe before? This program is the place to start! After learning the basics of canoeing and water safety, we will explore the animals and plants of Homer Lake while practicing paddling skills. All equipment will be provided; please bring water to drink and wear close-toed shoes. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per participant, or $4 if you bring your own canoe. Space is limited. Registration required by June 23 via phone or email: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org

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  • Music on the Lake: Aces N' Rhythms
    6/26/2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Music on the Lake: Aces N' Rhythms

    Sunday, June 26

    CCFPD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

    MUSIC ON THE LAKE: ACES ‘N RHYTHMS

    Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.

    Join us in welcoming Aces ‘N Rhythms! This cover band performs a wide variety of iconic hits ranging from the timeless 60s to current Billboard hits. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses songs from all genres with a feel good vibe and an upbeat high energy performance. All this comes together to provide a memorable and crowd-pleasing show that will make you want to sing along or dance the night away. Enjoy this band in one of Champaign County’s most beautiful settings! FREE. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org

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  • Museum Mondays: Dog Days of Summer
    6/27/2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Museum Mondays: Dog Days of Summer

    Monday, June 27

    MUSEUM MONDAYS: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

    Are you a dog lover?! Then this program’s for you! Join us as we discuss history associated with our furry friends and other pets as well as check out a few pet-related items from the museum’s collection. Also, relieve some stress with us, as the program will also include a special visit with a few dogs from Champaign-Urbana Canine Connection, a local non-profit that brings service dogs to various public events as well as provides a number of other services. $5 per child. Space is limited. Registration is required by June 24 at ccfpd.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

    Registration Link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1566

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  • History Comes Alive: Abraham Lincoln & a New Birth of Freedom
    7/1/2022 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    History Comes Alive: Abraham Lincoln & a New Birth of Freedom

    Friday, July 1

    HISTORY COMES ALIVE: ABRAHAM LINCOLN & A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Start your Fourth of July weekend with a visit from former president, Abraham Lincoln! Join us for an exciting outdoor speech and see the former president in person! Adults and children alike will enjoy hearing a first-hand account from Abe himself of the history of the United States during his time. Beginning with his childhood on the frontier to the twelve turbulent years from 1854 to 1865, which nearly destroyed our young nation, Lincoln, will describe the events as he saw them that eventually resulted in a “new birth of freedom”. Following the speech, Lincoln (portrayed by actor Kevin Wood) will be available to answer your burning questions and pose for photos. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. This program is supported in part by our friends at the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612

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  • Freedom Fest
    7/1/2022 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Freedom Fest

    Join us July 1st for Freedom Fest at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, Illinois.  Music begins at 4 p.m.; and at 9 p.m., after a tribute to our service men and women, we Light Up The Lake with a spectacular fireworks display set to music. Admission is $2 per person, with children 5 and under free. Military persons with ID get in free. Expenses continue to increase, so additional contributions will be greatly appreciated. https://www.ccfpd.org/Forest-Preserves/Lake-of-the-Woods/Freedom-Fest
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  • Summer in the Schoolhouse: Reading & Writing
    7/8/2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Summer in the Schoolhouse: Reading & Writing

    Friday, July 8

    SUMMER IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE: READING & WRITING

    Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11 a.m.

    Jump back in time to 1890 and see if you can keep up with a 19th century reading and writing lesson!! Class will be taught by our own school marm or master, straight out of the past. Costumes welcome; see you at summer school! $5 per child. Space is limited. Registration is required by July 14 at ccfpd.org. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org.

    Registration Link: http://apm.activecommunities.com/ccfpd/Activity_Search/1573

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  • Take Me Fishing with the American Fisheries Society
    7/9/2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Take Me Fishing with the American Fisheries Society

    Saturday, July 9

    TAKE ME FISHING WITH THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY

    Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 9-11 a.m.

    We are teaming up with the American Fisheries Society from the University of Illinois to host a morning of free fishing fun for the whole family! Students will have stations set up for all ages to learn about the fish species and aquatic life of Homer Lake, complete a craft, play games, and more. Kids will also have the chance to win awards and prizes. Basic fishing instruction will be available for beginners. Cane poles and bait will be available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. All event fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and under is required. FREE. All Ages. Current public health guidelines will be followed; programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or jwick@ccfpd.org. 

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