Museum and Education Department

From homeschool programs to artisan series to campground naturalist programs, the District's Education Department offers a myriad of ways to learn about the natural and cultural histories of East Central Illinois.


Museum of the Grand Prairie

The Museum of the Grand Prairie at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet offers dynamic exhibits, programs and events rich in local history. During your visit, head outside to enjoy the Discovery Garden, the Mabery Gelvin Botanic Garden and hiking trails in natural areas.

Email: Museum of the Grand Prairie | phone: (217) 586-2612

Homer Lake Interpretive Center

The Homer Lake Interpretive Center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve in Homer features live animals, a wildlife-viewing area and interactive exhibits. Outside, visitors can enjoy a picnic, learn about landscaping with native plants in our outdoor display, visit the prairie observation platform and enjoy trails along Homer Lake.

Email: Homer Lake Interpretive Center | phone: (217) 896-2455


Education Volunteers

Our volunteers are part of a team working to connect people with their natural and cultural legacies. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit just about any skill and interest. See the Education Volunteers page for more information.


We have programs for everyone! Join a hike to hear an owl calling, learn a 19th-century skill, dig into organic gardening and more! See the District's calendar of events for more information.


Through a variety of standards-based programs for school groups, students will learn about history and the natural environment through hands-on activities. See the School page and Homeschool page for more information.

Summer Youth

Whether their passion is history, nature or gardening, children will enjoy hands-on learning experiences at our summer youth programs!

Special Requests

Are you a scout group, local club, a bus tour, library or senior center? We can design a program for you! Learn more here.

Programs are free or minimally priced and are offered throughout Champaign County.