Check out what's been happening on our strategically-placed trail cams.... Our Natural Areas Managers (who double as detectives) found a den in the side of the bluff and decided to investigate. A chubby-cheeked critter (let's call him Alvin) and a few other surprise vistors made an appearance! https://youtu.be/xEVJBRU3hPs … [Read more...] about Alvin Cam!
Bloodroot, snow trillium, spring beauties, and hepatica are currently blooming.... ...with dutchman's britches on the way! … [Read more...] about Wildflower Watch: March 26, 2021
When one of your Natural Areas Managers is also a skilled videographer, you get amazing footage like this! The application of fire to an area for management purposes is called “prescribed fire” and is an important land management technique. Most of our native plants are adapted to fire or depend on it for seed germination, nutrient recycling, reduction of competition, or maintenance of open tree canopies. Returning the natural process of periodic fire helps to restore and maintain hundreds … [Read more...] about Prescribed Burns Video
By Mindy Brand, Assistant Director of Annual Fund and Programs While going through the University of Illinois Recreation, Sport, and Tourism Master’s program last year, I found that people are very curious about what it means to study recreation. It turns out that the word “recreation” actually means a lot. And not just abstractly - it means a lot to your life. The verb form of the word may shed some light: to “recreate” is something we all do regularly, whether we realize it or not. We … [Read more...] about Recreation for All
Hepatica, snow trillium, and bluebells are making an appearance this week! There's nothing like the thrill of discovering the first Spring wildflowers on a hike - and this weekend will be the perfect time to get out and explore. … [Read more...] about Wildflower Watch: March 16, 2021
My husband and I had a wonderful wedding weekend at Allerton, with our actual wedding day on April 27, 2019. Allerton will always be so special for us! We look forward to visiting for the rest of our lives, no matter where we then call home. Visit the Since 1946 homepage here. Share your story here. … [Read more...] about Joseph Baldwin: Since 2018
I am the retired Director of the Career Center at the University of Illinois. In the middle 70's we invited colleagues on other Big Ten and U of Chicago campuses to join us for a conference at Allerton. Actually, we planned a revolution in our field. Previously, "Placement" offices only dealt with seniors and alumni. This gathering was to compare notes on the efforts of several offices, including and especially Illinois, who were working with undergrads to start career planning and preparation … [Read more...] about Dave B: Since 1963
I grew up coming to Allerton year round. I have memories of being a child and walking to the "ends of the earth" where there was a giant sunken garden. As time went by my family frequented and in middle school we would come and be set free to explore the woods and play the most excellent games of hide and seek. In high school and college I would come for hikes and trail running by myself or with friends. When I met my best friend and decided to ask if she would marry me, the Gazeboo … [Read more...] about Nick H