Rediscover Allerton Category

April 18th, 2013

Spring Wildflowers at Allerton

This is one of my favorite times of year. All the vegetation begins to slowly emerge from the long, cold, unsympathetic winter. But, before trees begin to leaf-out Allerton’s natural areas are provided a welcome splash of color. In spring, the woods of Allerton Park are carpeted with more than three dozen kinds of wildflowers in hues of pink, blue, white, yellow, and lavender. These plants take advantage of the sunlight that reaches the forest floor before the trees completely… Read the rest of this entry »

February 13th, 2013

Volunteer Meeting at Allerton

This March, Allerton Park and Retreat Center will be buzzing with an energy it hasn’t seen in several years. We plan on bringing back a University of Illinois favorite – Allerton Spring Break. Allerton Spring Break is an alternative spring break in which students and the community participate in volunteer activities at Historic Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Most people are aware that Allerton is owned by the University of Illinois. Donated to the University by Robert Allerton in 1946,… Read the rest of this entry »

January 23rd, 2013

What’s Happening at Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Gallery Refinishing – Each November the retreat center undergoes some sort of major project, this year we refinished the floors in the main gallery. By all staff accounts this has not been done in the last 30 years, if ever. Regardless, the floors look great, the next time you are in the mansion make sure to give them a look. Events: February Bed and Brunch, just in time for Valentine’s Day…Allerton is happy to announce the first Bed and Bruch… Read the rest of this entry »

December 14th, 2012

Flock Back to Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Throughout the year here at Allerton Park and Retreat Center, many things change. Flowers in the gardens bloom and dieback, leaves in the natural areas green and then become the wonderful Fall colors we all love, and temperatures rise into summer and drop into Winter. With all these wonderful changes happening all year round at Allerton Park, there may be things that are overlooked. One of these things might be the birds. Allerton Park is considered by many Illinois bird… Read the rest of this entry »

November 16th, 2012

Rediscover Allerton: Volunteering at Allerton Park and Retreat Center

As the leaves are changing and falling to the ground and the temperature outside is dropping, I am entering my third month as Volunteer Coordinator at Allerton. So far my new position has been a whirlwind of new faces and experiences. I meet new people all the time and am constantly being challenged by the tasks and responsibilities that come with my job. I have to say, even at this relatively early junction, I absolutely love it. Prior to August… Read the rest of this entry »