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    THERE IS NO LIGHTNING BUG WALK TONIGHT AT FPNC…IT WAS LISTED IN OUR JOURNAL STAR PARKTICIPATE AD ON 6/21 IN ERROR. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. WE HOPE YOU WILL ATTEND OUR NEXT LIGHTNING BUG WALK ON FRIDAY, JULY 25, 9-10 PM AT THE NATURE CENTER. THANK YOU!

    Drop-In Walks & Programs at Forest Park Nature Center

    Unless otherwise indicated, donations are requested for all walks and programs. CORE members often receive a discount for programs with a fee. Thank you for your support!

    Yoga with Jean Sloan
    Every Monday • 5:30-6:45 pm • Ages 8+
    Fee: 4 classes for $36, 8 classes for $64 or $10 drop in

    Experience the benefits of yoga in the tranquil setting of Forest Park Nature Center. This class will combine gentle postures, breathing practices and relaxation with an emphasis on self-acceptance and exploration. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or large towel, and refrain from eating a large meal prior to class. No prior experience necessary and all levels welcome. Some mats are available for use at the Nature Center.

    Old Time Folk and Country Jam
    2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
    3:30-5:00 pm • All ages

    Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy.

    Forest Park Garlic Mustard Melee
    Sa: 5/3 • 10 am-1 pm • Sa: 5/17 • 1-4 pm

    Garlic Mustard, an exotic invasive plant species, is threatening native understory plants and is gaining ground rapidly. Please spend some time and help us control this rapidly spreading plant! A short presentation on Garlic Mustard identification and control will precede the control efforts.

    River Spirit Flute Circle
    Saturdays, 5/24, 7/12, 8/16 • 1-2 pm

    Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing this beautiful wooden instrument. All levels are welcome and the circle is open to the public. No previous musical experience is necessary. Randy Starnes, a local flute maker, is the leader of the group and will have flutes for you to borrow or purchase. Bring your own flute if you have one. Beginners classes will take place on 5/3, 7/5 and 8/2. Contact Bonnie Cox at ilmidwife@comcast.net for more information.

    Summer Story Time
    Th: 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24 and 8/14 • 10:30-11:15 am • Best for 4-7 year olds

    There’s nothing like a good story to remind us that the simple things are often the best! Well, there’s that and more in the Nature Center on a few Wednesdays this summer. Drop by with the young ones and enjoy a rhyme or two. They’re sure to be delighted! Please call ahead if you will be bringing a group of 10 or more.

    Lightning Bugs
    F: 6/20 and 7/25 • 9-10 pm • $1/person ($5 max/family, CORE members free)

    Kids, ask your parents to let you stay up late for this one night! Children and their parents will experience the magic of seeing thousands of luminescent messengers blinking over the prairie. They will look at fireflies up-close, learn some interesting lightning bug facts and even do some “sparking” themselves. Who knows, we may even see or hear some other nighttime animals like bats or owls.

    Picnic in the Prairie
    Sa: 6/28 • 11:30 am-1:30 pm

    Bring a sack lunch and enjoy your meal in the beautiful setting of our prairie. There will be entertainment and a chance to socialize with other nature lovers. Perfect for the whole family!

    Introduction to Backyard Bird Watching
    Sa: 7/12 • 10 am • Ages teen-adult

    Bird watching is a wonderful way to relax and learn about the natural world. This class will start you on the path to becoming a backyard birder. We’ll go over the basics for learning how to bird watch, covering everything from bird feeder and feed selection, binocular basics, backyard habitats, and a bit of natural history on common backyard birds. Please bring binoculars if you own them.

    Prairie Wildflower Walks
    Sa: 7/26, 8/9 • W: 8/6, 8/13 • 9:30 am

    Explore the tallgrass prairie through the season as species sprout, bloom and go to seed. Discover this colorful habitat that once covered two-thirds of Illinois. Ages 10+.

    Forest Park After Dark
    F: 7/11 • 9-10 pm

    Join us for a night hike out in the woods! The naturalist will point out nocturnal creatures and maybe even a constellation or two!

    Tree ID Walks
    Su: 8/17, 8/31, 9/14 • 1:30-2:30 pm

    Need help identifying trees? This walk is for anyone who would like to learn tree identification. Although leaf collecting cannot be done on this walk, good collecting sites in the Peoria area will be suggested. Don’t let the trees “leaf” you “stumped” this fall!

    Hummingbird Festival with Vernon Kleen
    Sa: 8/23 • 9 am-12 pm

    Vernon Kleen from Springfield (one of the few licensed hummingbird banders in the U.S.) will be on hand to demonstrate hummingbird banding and discuss the fascinating world of hummingbirds. You will have a chance to feel the heartbeat of a hummingbird and “adopt” one of these beautiful flyers. This free event is a come-as-you-please activity. So, drop by anytime between 9 am and 12 pm and find out more! Jointly sponsored by Forest Park Nature Center and the Lincoln Land
    Association of Bird Banders.

    Illinois River Sweep
    Sa: 9/20 • Registration: 8-9 am • Sweep Hours: 9 am-12 pm

    Meet at Forest Park Nature Center for this annual Illinois River clean up day, which has grown since its inception in 1999 to attract hundreds of volunteers all along the shores of the river, from Chicago to Grafton. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Call JD Russell at 686-3360 to register.

    Monarch Butterfly and Other Pollinators Day
    Co-sponsored by Peoria RiverFront Museum and HOI Sierra Club
    Saturday, May 24 • 11 am-4 pm
    Peoria RiverFront Museum
    Admission is free

    Families will have a chance to get up close and personal with many of the pollinators that are important to central Illinois. Monarchs and other butterflies, insects, moths, hummingbirds, honeybees and native bees will all be featured. Learn what you can do to help this important but threatened piece of the natural world in your own backyard. Stop by the Forest Park Nature Center Science Class at this event!

     

    Upcoming Events at Forest Park Nature Center


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