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May 2016


Native Tree Identification Workshop

May 23, 2016 @ 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Visitor Center Auditorium

$15

Spend the day polishing your native tree identification skills with Allerton Natural Areas Manager, Nate Beccue. This all-day workshop will focus on trees native to East Central Illinois. The day will begin in the classroom with a lesson on basic plant vocabulary, but the majority of the day will be spent in the Allerton Natural Areas learning to identify trees in the woods. Participants will learn the identification of 50 different trees and shrubs native to local forests. Lunch will…

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Practical Tree Identification: An essay on skills needed for embracing Plan B!

May 23, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Allerton Mansion,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

IL

United States


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$5

Sometimes an enjoyable day spent in the woods can be briefly interrupted by the need to answer natures call; precisely why an experienced outdoorsman always carries an adequate supply of tissue paper (Plan A). John Edgington (UofI Dept. of NRES Dendrologist – Retired) will present the practical tree identification skills you will need to embrace Plan B: A Leaf-Based Clean-Up! Join us at the Allerton Mansion for this life-saving knowledge as well as a presentation by Jay Hayek (University of…

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June 2016


Irish Fest

June 3, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union Enjoy an evening of live music under the stars! Pack a picnic, grab a chair or blanket, and catch a variety of Celtic-themed music with your friends and family at Central Illinois’ best kept secret... 6–7pm The Shanties | 7pm Amasong | 7:30-9pm The Chicago Rovers | Gate House Lawn $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Food + drinks for purchase (Corned beef sliders with cheese and sauerkraut, served…

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Community Yoga

June 4, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 on the Bowling Green (Just east of the…

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Community Yoga

June 11, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 Meadow* (Park at the Visitor Center.…

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Third Saturday Garden Tour

June 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

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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July 2016


Reds, Whites, & the Blues

July 1, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union Enjoy a selection of Von Jakob Vineyard'saward-winning reds and whites (plus wine slushies!), while listening to the blues! 6–7pm Tara Terra | 7-9pm The Laurie Morvan Band | Gate House Lawn $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Additional drinks will also be available for purchase, along with: The Caribbean Grill Food Truck, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, and veggie burgers. About the bands: Made up of a diverse group of…

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Insects in the Dark 1

July 6, 2016 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Allerton Visitor Center

$5

Join Entomology graduate student Xander Hazel on a night hike focused on insects that only come out at night. The group will use special lights to attract insects from all over Allerton. Meet at the Allerton Visitor Center at 8:30pm. $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult. Cant make it on July 6th? Check out Insects in the Dark…

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Mansion Public Tours – SOLD OUT

July 10, 2016 @ 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, July 10. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes. Each tour time is sold out. Check back on our website for the next…

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Volunteer Orientation

July 16, 2016 @ 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

July 16, 2016 @ 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

July 23, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 at the Sun Singer (Suggested arrival time -…

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August 2016


Insects in the Dark 2

August 2, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5

Join Entomology graduate student Xander Hazel on a night hike focused on insects that only come out at night. The group will use special lights to attract insects from all over Allerton. Meet at the Lost Garden Parking Lot at 8:00pm. $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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Bluegrass on the Prairie

August 5, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $10

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union Pack a picnic, grab a chair or blanket, and enjoy live bluegrass music with your friends and family in Allerton's 14-acre Meadow! 6–7:30pm Henhouse Prowlers | 7:30-9pm Ben Miller Band| Allerton Meadow $5/person or $10 per family, at the gate Food + drinks for purchase Overnight accommodations are available on Friday, August 5. Call 217-333-3287 for reservations. About the bands: Back for their third year performing at Allerton, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers…

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Fruit Tree Espalier Pruning Workshop

August 6, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$5

Come and learn how to do one of Robert Allerton's favorite gardening techniques: espalier! Participants will hear a brief history of the use of espalier pruning and gain a basic understanding of how to prune fruit trees in the art of espalier. Get hands-on experience working outside in the Brick Wall Garden with Allerton's Park Supervisor. Please bring your own hand pruners if you have them (bypass pruners only). Park in the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Meet in the Brick…

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Full Moon River Walk

August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sunsinger Statue,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$5

Heron and Beaver Take a summer night hike under the full moon with Allerton's Natural Areas Manager. We will walk along the Sangamon River and listen for calling insects, owls, coyotes, working beavers, fishing herons, and more. Meet at the Sun Singer Statue at 8pm. $5/person. Will be limited to 25 hikers, and pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Kids are welcome! Ages 15 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

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Volunteer Orientation

August 20, 2016 @ 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

August 20, 2016 @ 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 Workshop

August 27, 2016 @ 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. Workshop participants will receive a tour of the Garden, which is 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 Retreat Center Parking Lot. Meet in the Herb Garden (just north…

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September 2016


Canceled – Allerton Park Freshwater Mussel Survey

September 3, 2016 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Centaur Statue Parking,

Allerton Park

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

Due to high water levels this event has been canceled. Freshwater mussels are considered one of the most imperiled groups of animals on Earth! The Sangamon River running through Allerton Park has a high diversity of mussel species; 17 species have been documented alive in the park since 2007. Bring an old pair of tennis shoes and a change of clothes and help Allerton staff and local biologists survey the Sangamon for mussel diversity. Surveys are conducted by hand in…

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Allerton Starwatch

September 3, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$5 - $13

Come see the stars! Join members of the CU Astronomical Society in the Allerton Meadow to view some of the darkest skies in the state. Meet in the Visitor Center at 7:30pm to enjoy a preview of what you will see (and maybe a cold craft beer!), plus a short discussion of a few current sky events. Then we’ll head out to the Meadow with telescopes to see nebulae, star clusters, double stars, and the Milky Way. $5/person | $13/person…

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Community Yoga

September 10, 2016 @ 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, listening to the sounds of the Park, and staying present. 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 (Park near the Visitor…

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Allerton Festival featuring Rusted Root

September 16, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

$15

presented by the U of I Community Credit Union 6–7pm Lupe Carroll | 7-7:30pm I-Pan | 7:30-9pm Rusted Root | Allerton Meadow $15/person in advance (Available here until 3pm on September 16); $18/person at the gate (cash or check) Ages 12 and under FREE Food + drinks for purchase Click here for important event information (parking, food, weather, etc.) Limited overnight accommodations are available! Call 217-333-3287 for reservations. Please note: Concerts can be canceled if weather is severe, unsafe, or…

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Volunteer Orientation

September 17, 2016 @ 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

September 17, 2016 @ 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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