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January 2017

Free


2017 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 1 - December 31

A Birding Big Year is an informal competition among birders to see who can tally the most species within a specific geographical area and within a calendar year. Big years are conducted at all levels from global tallies to backyard tallies, and this year the hottest competition will be the first ever Allerton Birding Big Year! Although the real prize is observing the diversity of birds in their natural habitat, we will be offering some material and experiential prizes! Each…

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April 2017

$5


Forest-to-Mansion Foraging Hike

April 26 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Spend the evening hiking through the early spring forest learning what you can and can't eat, and enjoying the spring wildflowers. Some of the Forest-to-Mansion Dinner chefs will be along on the hike to learn more about their ingredients and discuss the May 7th dinner. $5/person. The hike will be limited to 20 people ,and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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Arbor Day Tree Planting & Hike

April 28 @ 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Spend the morning at Allerton celebrating National Arbor Day and the importance of trees! All ages are welcome to help us plant a beautiful tree, and learn the proper way to plant a tree in your own yard. Then, join us on a walk and learn how to identify some of the most common trees in Central Illinois. Free; pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Register here. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30am. We will take a short hike…

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May 2017


Fourth Annual Plant Sale

May 6 @ 9:00 AM - May 7 @ 5:00 PM

Plan a trip out to Allerton and stop by our Fourth Annual Plant Sale! We will have annuals, herbs, perennials, arranged hanging baskets, and ALLERTON BLUEBELLS (!!!) for sale. The sale is open from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday (May 6-7) and will be located next to the Visitor Center. Come out to enjoy a spring day at the Park and support Allerton!

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$95


Forest-to-Mansion Dinner

May 7 @ 3:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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Join us for the 3rd Annual Forest-to-Mansion Dinner! This year 5 great chefs will prepare a 5 course dinner highlighting wild ingredients collected from the forest and fields of Allerton Park. See how the best chefs in our area prepare wild morel mushrooms, wild ginger, American ginseng, stinging nettle, wild wood mint and more. Make your dinner reservation here! Overnight accommodations in the Mansion are available for $90 - please call (217) 333-3287 to reserve your room. 3:00pm – Cash…

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Community Volunteer Garden Planting

May 8 @ 9:00 AM - May 9 @ 4:00 PM

We have 1,500 perennial plants to put in the ground - and need your help! No gardening experience is necessary, just a desire to help and spend some time with fellow community members in the garden! Bring a water bottle, and work gloves and a trowel/shovel (if you have them, if not - come anyway!). We will have some refreshments. BYOlunch if you plan on volunteering for the full day. Please sign-up in advance here. If you have not volunteered…

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$5 - $8


Kids’ Concert

May 13 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

11am (Gate opens at 10am) | Gate House Lawn | Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players $5/kid + $8/adult or $25/family, at the gate Get there before the concert in time to enjoy some of the Kids' Concert activities! - Bounce House - Face painting - Joyful Bubbles - Touch-a-truck About the band: Just like a typical concert, fans at a Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players’ concert are jumping, dancing, and bouncing off…

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Volunteer Orientation

May 20 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. Get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

May 20 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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$80


A Garden Party

May 21 @ 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

We’re revamping and expanding this year’s Garden Party Fundraiser! Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through Allerton’s Gardens - with live music, drinks, and food along the way. Mingle with friends, start-up a game of croquet or bocce ball, and watch the plein air artists create their masterpieces. Unique auction items will be up for bid, including one-of-a-kind arrangements from area florists, exclusive Allerton events and merchandise, and more. As the afternoon winds down, take a seat in the Meadow to…

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$65


Becoming Sherlock

May 30 - June 2

Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $65 ‘Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot!' Campers will stretch their powers of observation and deduction all week to find solutions and solve mysteries, including the Mystery of the Lost Garden. Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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June 2017

$5 - $10


Summer Kick Off Concert

June 2 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Bashful Youngens | 7:30pm Birds of Chicago About the bands: "Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell and JT Nero, reassert the simple notion - radical in these times - that beautiful words and music can still tap deep veins of emotion. Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new,…

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$76


Allerton Acorns Morning Session – FULL

June 5 - June 9

Allerton Acorns Morning Session is now FULL. There are still spots available in Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock. Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, working together to build outdoor forts, scavenger hunts, and…

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$76


Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session – FULL

June 5 - June 9

Allerton Acorns Afternoon Session is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Monday-Friday, 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $76 This week of fun and adventure will take them over the river and through the woods, as we explore Allerton and get our hands dirty! No topic is out of bounds this week, as long as it’s outdoors. Activities will include creating Allerton–inspired artwork, scavenger hunts, and much more! Click here to…

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$129


Allerton Acorns Full Day – FULL

June 5 - June 9

Allerton Acorns Full Day Camp is now FULL. There are still spot available in Alleron Acorns Afternoon Session and Becoming Sherlock Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm | Ages 5-7 | $129 If your Acorn is ready for a full-day camp, they are in luck! You can combine two half-day camps for an entire day of fun and outdoor adventure. (Morning and afternoon activities will be different, so full-day campers will have all new adventures!) Full-day campers should bring their own lunch - supervised…

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Hawaiian Adventure: Informational Travel Presentation

June 5 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn more about the upcoming opportunity to visit Lawai-Kai, the estate that Robert Allerton and John Gregg called “home” after moving from Monticello. This special travel presentation in the Mansion will include details of the complete ten day itinerary (February 22-March 3, 2018) and plenty of time to answer all of your questions. About the Hawaiian Adventure: Join Collette Travel and the Kirby Auxiliary on this ten day Hawaiian adventure, including stops on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.…

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$132


Allerton Artists – FULL

June 12 - June 16

Allerton Arists is now FULL. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 6-11 | $132 Robert Allerton used the landscape to create his own work of art, which became the gardens we enjoy today. Allerton Artists will take this inspiration to create their own great works of art. Some whimsical, some off-beat, some classical… all unique. Like all Allerton Camps, this one includes plenty of fun outdoors!…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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$76


Discovery Camp

June 19 - June 23

Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm | Ages 3-4 | $76 Littlest ones ready for their first camp experience? Discovery Camp will introduce our smallest visitors to Allerton and let them explore at their own pace. We will head outside every morning to discover the joys of art and nature with a group of new friends! Campers must be fully potty-trained. Click here to download a Registration Form. Click here to view the Day Camp cancellation & refund policy.

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$108


Allerton Adventurers – FULL

June 26 - June 30

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm | Ages 8-11 | $108 Allerton Adventurers is now full. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu Once an Adventurer, always an Adventurer! We leave no stone unturned as we explore all Allerton has to offer. Each day begins a new topic about the natural world around us. Adventurers will hike, play games, and enjoy one week of a summer well-spent – outside! Click here to download a Registration Form.…

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$5 - $10


Reds, Whites, and the Blues

June 30 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Blues Deacons | 7:30pm The Cash Box Kings About the bands: "Hailing from the 'Windy City,' Blind Pig recording artists The Cash Box Kings are keeping real deal, old-school Chicago blues alive and thriving. The band is dedicated to carrying on the spirit of the 1940's and 50's post-war Chicago blues sound as well as the Delta blues music of the 20’s and 30’s. But these illustrious torch bearers also add a…

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July 2017


Volunteer Orientation

July 15 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This informational volunteer orientation is open to the public and great for anyone interested in volunteering at Allerton. Get your questions answered, find out about volunteer opportunities, and take the first step to becoming an Allerton volunteer! Meet in the Visitor Center at 9am. No registration required. For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

July 15 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Allerton Park has 14 formal gardens, created by Robert Allerton between 1899 and 1946. Join one of our Third Saturday Garden Tours (April - October) and experience the beauty of each garden while listening to the history behind its creation. Garden tours start at 10am in the Visitor Center. Tours typically last 45-60 minutes, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Donations are appreciated! For more information, contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

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August 2017

$5 - $10


Irish Fest

August 4 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6-9pm | Gate House Lawn | 6pm The Shanties | 7:30pm Skipper's Alley About the bands: "Skipper’s Alley are a 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and featured on such diverse stages as The Late Late Show, La Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and the Irish Embassy in Zambia. Described by The Irish Times as “gloriously three-dimensional”, the group spring from harp-accompanied Sean-Nós songs to feral, unkempt sets of reels, creating a sound…

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Prairie Sky Music Festival

August 18 - August 19

Time TBA | Meadow | Bands TBA About the bands: Info coming soon. For more information on the 2017 Concert Series, click here. Concerts may be cancelled or postponed due to weather. View the cancellation policy here.

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