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January 2018


2018 Allerton Birding Big Year

January 1 - December 31

Free

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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June 2018


Summer Day Camp: Acorns & Adventurers

June 4 - August 17

We've expanded our Day Camps to give kids even more opportunities to enjoy everything Allerton has to offer! Camps are centered on outdoor exploration and adventure, but we make time for rest, relaxation, and free play as well. Campers will run and hike through the Park...observe and learn about nature...and have good old-fashioned fun with friends! Adventurers (ages 8-12) will also visit the Monticello Family Aquatic Center for two afternoons each week. We'll keep things interesting with a different nature,…

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July 2018


Third Saturday Garden Tour

July 21 @ 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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Community Yoga in the Meadow

July 25 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Allerton provides the perfect setting to relax and unwind, while strengthening your mind, body, and spirit. All levels are welcome for this donation-based class, focusing on waking up the body. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through strength poses that can be done at their own level, and end with cooling postures for the nervous system. 9-10am in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time – 8:45am.) (In case of inclement weather, location will be moved…

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Full Moon Yoga

July 27 @ 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Donation Based Class

Enjoy the serene setting of yoga at Allerton under the full moon! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to strengthen your mind, body, and spirit after dark in the Allerton Meadow. Instructor Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead students through an all-levels class. No mat? No problem! Mats will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Class will be held on the Gate House Lawn if it is cloudy. 9-10pm in the Allerton Meadow (Suggested arrival time –…

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August 2018


Cut Flower Gardening 101

August 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$30

Cut flower gardening can be an easy specialty that not only adds flowers in your garden, but also allows you to decorate your home with beautiful arrangements all summer long. Cut Flower Gardening 101 will cover everything you need to know from the science behind conditioning plants for longevity to Candice Hart’s all-time favorite flowers to grow. Participants will create their own vase of garden flowers to take home. REGISTER $30/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales…

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Irish Fest

August 10 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 – $10

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories. Irish Fest will feature The Shanties and The Tannahill Weavers. $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate) Food + drinks available for purchase: Dragon Fire Pizza Fusilli Tony's Italian Food NitroCup…

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Volunteer Orientation

August 18 @ 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

August 18 @ 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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Cooking with Herbs

August 25 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5

Join Kay Carnes, Master Gardener and Mid-American Gardener panelist, for a morning in Allerton’s Herb Garden. Tour the Garden (certified by the Illinois Herb Association), learn how to grow herbs in our Central Illinois climate, and witness cooking demonstrations using herbs and spices in various recipes. The workshop will mostly be outdoors with a small portion inside. Park in the main lot and meet in the Herb Garden (just north of the Mansion). REGISTER $5/person. Space is limited and pre-registration…

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Aloha Allerton!

August 25 @ 4:00 PM

Celebrate the end of summer with a Luau at Allerton Park! Since we can’t all make it out to Robert’s Hawaiian estate, we’re bringing Lawaii-Kai to Allerton Park & Retreat Center! Enjoy an on-site pig roast and full Hawaiian buffet while experiencing authentic Polynesian dancing and a fire performance. End the night around the bonfire with tropical beverages and entertainment. Luau Menu (buffet-style) Whole Hog, Roasted and Dressed Roasted Asparagus, Squash, and Zucchini Roasted Sweet Potatoes Summer Salad Hawaiian Sweet…

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Full Moon Hike

August 26 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$5

Discover what happens at Allerton Park at night! Hike the north side of the park with the moon shining through the trees. Experience the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! Location: Centaur Parking Lot $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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September 2018


Flower Crown Workshop

September 1 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The abundance of late summer flowers will spark your creativity while making a lovely flower crown in this workshop. We’ll learn how and when to harvest flowers for a crown, and even get to harvest some from Allerton’s gardens! Joan Jach, from Old Town Flowers, will show participants how to create a flower crown step-by-step. Materials and flowers will be provided and each participant will take home a gorgeous flower crown. Park in the Visitor Center Lot and meet in…

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Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic

September 7 - September 8

The Second Annual Prairie Sky Music Festival presented by Lodgic will go beyond great music with food, drinks, vendors & activities, camping, and more! Featuring: MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT THE WAY DOWN WANDERERS EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON SLEEPING OKAMI FOX CROSSING STRING BAND MANK & SASS September 7, 6-9:30pm | September 8, 12:30-9:45pm $37 Festival Pass, in advance ($45 at the gate) $15 Friday only, in advance ($20 at the gate) Kids 12 & under free…

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Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop

September 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

$35

IT'S BACK! Due to popularity, Allerton will be hosting another Cacti & Succulent Container Workshop. Sign up now before it sells out! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– There is almost no lower maintenance container garden than one filled with succulents. Outdoors for the summer and indoors for the winter, these plants are tough. Learn with Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart how to plant your own water-wise, succulent and cacti container perfect for surviving those hot, dry, summer months. The workshop includes all supplies needed to…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 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

September 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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Public Mansion Tours

September 16 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$5

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and how he created his estate? Here’s your chance! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Sunday, September 16th. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. Quick – snatch up those tickets! Tours…

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4th Annual Family Campout & Exploration

September 22 @ 11:30 AM - September 23 @ 11:30 AM

$15 – $20

Spend the weekend exploring Allerton’s Natural Areas with the whole family! Champaign Outdoors presents this hassle-free camping experience, providing families the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Spend the day helping biologists (from the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources) catch, identify, and release various wildlife; try out the newest camping gear and gadgets from Champaign Outdoors (formerly Champaign Surplus), and enjoy a live wildlife show by Natural History…

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Kids’ Concert

September 23

$5 – $10

Grab your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Allerton for the sixth season of the Concert Series, presented by the U of I Community Credit Union! Experience nature, culture, music, and community as they come together in this unique venue to create lasting memories. Kids' Concert will feature Little Miss Ann. Lots of fun activities are being developed and will be posted soon! $5/person or $10/family, suggested donation (at the gate). Food + drinks available for…

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Music Barn Festival

September 27 - September 30

Sept. 27-30 | Music Barn Thursday & Friday, September 27-28: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Lyric Theatre at Illinois Saturday, September 29: "Jazz in Blue" Sunday, September 30: Dr. Andrew Megill, Director of Choral Activities, will lead a (TBD) Bach Cantata featuring the University of Illinois Chamber Singers and a small orchestra Purchase tickets here. $28/person ($50 for two performances; $75 for three performances) Students: $10 Find more information about the 2018 Concert Series.

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October 2018


Volunteer Orientation

October 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. You can 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. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

October 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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Tree Care and Pruning

October 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Park Attendant and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger for a workshop in Tree Care and Pruning. Learn tips and tricks in planting, mulching, site selection and species selection among other need to know basics for trees around your home. Proper pruning techniques will also be discussed as Peter leads you through Allerton’s gardens. Park in the Visitor Center Lot and meet outside the Visitor Center. REGISTER $5/person. Space is limited, pre-registration is required, and all sales are final.

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November 2018


Fall Color Tree Hike

November 1 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Enjoy the fall colors of Allerton Park’s McDonald Family Trails (Lost Garden). Learn how to identify our native trees by their fall color and newly formed winter buds. This hike will cover approximately 2 miles. Meet at the McDonald Family Trails Parking Lot. Preregistration required, all sales are final.

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