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April 2013


Master Gardener Gardener’s Day

April 13, 2013 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$10.00

Join us for a Master Gardener Gardener's Day at Allerton Park Visitor's Center April 13th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Learn from the Master Gardeners! For more information please call 217-762-2191.

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June 2013


Allerton’s Nature Camps

June 24, 2013 @ 9:00 AM - June 28, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park Visitor Center Auditorium,

515 Old Timber Rd

Monticello,

61856

$50

Parents and Families: Like many of you, Allerton Staff fondly remember the days before video games; when playing for hours in the great outdoors was the norm. We want to provide your children with a bit of time-travel this summer: a chance to spend quality time outside, explore in nature, and create those same great memories from your childhood. Research tells us that play in nature is crucial to child development, so for 3 hours a day for one whole…

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July 2013


Allerton House Tours

July 7, 2013 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We're opening up the Allerton mansion for tours on Sunday, July 7th! Tours will start on the hour from 12-5pm. Admission is $5/person. Come view the mansion and hear all the history behind Allerton Park!

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September 2013


Allerton Herb Garden Tour

September 7, 2013 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join Kay Carnes on a walking tour of the Allerton herb garden Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m. You will learn about the past and future plans for the garden as well as how to grow and use the herbs that are growing there now. See, taste and smell some of the more common herbs that grow in our central Illinois climate. Kay is an Allerton Park volunteer, the current president of the Illinois Herb Association, a Master Gardener and…

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Nature Tour with Bruce Hannon

September 28, 2013 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

FREE!!!

Join Bruce Hannon on Saturday, September 28th for a nature tour on the south side of Allerton. This tour will focus on an important, but little known aspect of the history of Allerton Park - how a small group of concerned citizens successfully fought to stop construction of a dam that would have flooded the park's lowlands, and how, in the process, Allerton was named a National Natural Landmark. Lost Garden Parking lot is represented by the Red Star!

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March 2014


Gardener’s Day 2014

March 29, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$10

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April 2014


Prescribed Fire Training Field Day

April 2, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

Free

This field day will complete online course work to becoming certified by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, allowing you to help use prescribed burning as a management tool for natural area restoration. The prerequisite online courses are available at training.nwcg.gov/courses.html. You must bring a certificate indicating completion of the online training to the field day. The instructor is Tom Wilson of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Forest Protection Program Manager. Registration is limited. You can RSVP by emailing the…

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June 2014


Summer camp – Fort Week (early session)

June 9, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - June 13, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

$65

Back by popular demand, Fort Week is a must-do this summer! We are holding an early session and a late session so there will be twice as many chances to participate. This camp will ignite your child’s creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness as they work through the process of designing a fort, then using natural elements to actually build it outdoors! Last summer, our campers could not have been more proud of their creations – and with good reason! Program scholarships…

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Summer Camp – Allerton Acorns FULL

June 23, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - June 27, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$65

We want kids to develop their love and appreciation of nature early! That’s why this year, we included our youngest visitors in summer camp. Years from now, Allerton Acorns will reach back in their file and realize with great fondness that their life-long relationship with nature started at Allerton Park. The Acorns will venture out every day to explore the park, searching for answers to their questions about nature. Program scholarships - We realize that some children are unable to…

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July 2014


Full day summer camp – Allerton Adventurers

July 7, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - July 11, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello,

IL

61856

United States

$92

The Allerton Adventurers will delve a little deeper into the complex life of the natural world around us! Instead of learning about exotic plants and animals in far-away places, they will be learning about the plants, trees, and wildlife that exist right here in central Illinois. After this camp, kids will want to go home and rediscover their own backyard! Program scholarships - We realize that some children are unable to attend summer camp due to financial hardships, so Allerton…

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Summer camp – Fort Week (late session)

July 21, 2014 @ 9:00 AM - July 25, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

$65

Back by popular demand, Fort Week is a must-do this summer! We are holding an early session and a late session so there will be twice as many chances to participate. This camp will ignite your child’s creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness as they work through the process of designing a fort, then using natural elements to actually build it outdoors! Last summer, our campers could not have been more proud of their creations – and with good reason! Program scholarships…

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October 2014


Autumn Artists at Allerton

October 9, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Allerton Mansion

$25

Instructors from the Monticello Area Arts Council will lead this pumpkin decorating workshop, as well as provide a variety of materials & techniques to showcase your personal style. Pumpkins grown from Allerton’s sustainable farm will be transformed, without carving, and be displayed throughout the Allerton Mansion from October 13-31.Come enjoy this fall evening of art & autumn refreshments which include: Salted caramel Apple Martinis & spiced cider. Adults only please.

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An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

October 31, 2014 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Evening with Poe,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

$20

Listen to the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards take a candlelight tour of the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. Reservations are encouraged, please call 217-333-3287 to purchase tickets and make reservations.

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May 2015


Container Plant Workshop

May 9, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Allerton Visitor Center

$20

Another Great Mother’s Day activity! During our annual plant sale the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will be facilitating a Container Plant Workshop. The workshop includes a clay pot, planting media and your choice from a selection of our plant sale plants. Master gardeners will be on site to give advice on style, arrangement and care of plants. Workshop will take place at the plant sale next to the visitor center. Cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP @…

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June 2015


Allerton Day Camp – Allerton Acorns FULL

June 8, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - June 12, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

This camp is currently full. To be added to the wait list, please contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu No one sees nature quite like our youngest visitors! 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, learning camping skills, working together to build outdoor forts,…

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Allerton Day Camp – Allerton Artists

June 15, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - June 18, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

Art is the heart of Allerton Park. Robert Allerton used his artistic flare to create the formal 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. We will have a last day Art Exhibit where campers can display their art for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles… anyone who loves art! This camp meets Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. CAMP DETAILS DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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Native Trees of Allerton Park

June 20, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lost Garden Parking Lot

$5.00

More than 60 species of trees and shrubs are native to the Natural Areas of Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Can you tell the difference between an oak and a hickory? How about the difference between a shagbark hickory and a shellbark hickory? Do you know which native tree species is used to make popsicle sticks or golf club heads? Join Allerton natural areas manager Nate Beccue for a guided hike focused on native tree identification and their natural and…

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Allerton Day Camp – A Day in the Life…

June 22, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

The Allerton mansion was completed in 1900, a time we now only know from books and photographs. Campers will have the chance to imagine themselves at the turn of the 20th century by taking part in activities of that time. We will make history fun by taking part in games, activities, and crafts that let us imagine a day in the life… of Robert Allerton. This camp meets Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. CAMP DETAILS DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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Allerton Day Camp – Allerton Adventurers

June 29, 2015 @ 9:00 AM - July 2, 2015 @ 3:00 PM

Allerton Park & Retreat Center,

515 Old Timber Road

Monticello ,

IL

61856

United States

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 including camping skills and animal tracking. We will also climb aboard Spaceship Earth to see our planet’s resources in a new light that will give our campers the confidence and knowledge to use them wisely! This camp meets Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. CAMP DETAILS DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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October 2015


An Evening with Poe

October 30, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Evening with Poe,

515 Old Timber Rd.

Monticello,

$20

Listen to haunting stories and poems from Edgar Allan Poe while surrounded by the grandeur and mystery of the Allerton Mansion. Afterwards take a candlelight tour of the Mansion and learn the history of the house and the man behind it all. A cash bar will be available. New this year – continue the experience by staying overnight in the Mansion! Overnight reservations are limited, and can be made by calling 217-333-3287. Event tickets can be purchased by calling 217-333-3287…

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September 2017


Mansion Public Tours

September 10, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

SOLD OUT

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the historic Allerton Mansion? Or hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and the creation of his estate? Here's your chance! The Allerton Mansion will be open for tours on Sunday, September 10. Tours include the first and second floors, and will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Each tour is 45-60 minutes and is limited to 20 people. $5/person. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets…

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