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February 2018


Hawaiian Adventure, featuring a visit to the Allerton Garden in Kauai

February 22 - March 3

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit Lawai-Kai, the estate that Robert Allerton and John Gregg called “home” after moving from Monticello. Your guided tour of this popular Hollywood film location will lead you through expertly crafted garden rooms that feature exotic plants, sculptures, and water features. Then, enjoy dinner in the house where Robert Allerton and John Gregg lived and view their personal collection of pictures and memorabilia. Join Collette Travel and the Kirby Auxiliary on a ten day…

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Experience the Hops

February 24 @ 1:00 PM - February 25 @ 12:00 PM

Education, kinship -- and beer! This unique weekend experience will include beer sampling, educational seminars, dinner, an overnight at the Allerton estate, breakfast, and a hike on Sunday. New this year – several registration options are available! Come out Saturday afternoon ($5) to enjoy tastings (drink tickets will be available for purchase) and mingle with brewers. Educational seminars are included in your ticket, or just enjoy a leisurely afternoon (1-5pm) with good company! Stick around for a delicious six-course meal…

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March 2018


Full Moon Night Hike

March 1 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Bundle-up, grab a thermos of hot beverage and hike the Allerton Garden under a full moon! Discover the magic of nature at night and listen for our numerous and vocal barred owls and coyotes! We will also listen for the calls of the small Northern Saw-Whet Owl. Meet at the Visitor Center at 7:30pm; dress for the weather! $5/person Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register Photo: Allerton Park Photography Group

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BEAR and The Unreliable Bestiary

March 8 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

“Unlikely stories from our precarious moment in natural history.” This one-man show is part storytelling, part cinematic documentation, part TEDtalk. BEAR is the fourth performance in Deke Weaver’s life-long project, The Unreliable Bestiary. His audaciously ambitious goal of creating 26 full-length pieces – one for every letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered animal or habitat – represents a tiny sliver of our current catastrophic loss of biodiversity. Staged “in the wild,” in sites that reflect the…

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Vine to Wine

March 10 - March 11

Learn something new and enjoy a variety of wines! Educational seminars will explore the 'Queen' of red grapes, Pinor Noir, as well as the history and production style of a selection of Italian wines. Afterwards indulge in a delicious meal with wine pairings. Spend the night and enjoy a light complimentary breakfast and guided Mansion tour or leisurely hike on Sunday. Schedule of Events View Guestrooms Get Tickets Registration Options Event + Dinner - $110/person Event + Dinner and Lodging…

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Summer Job Fair

March 10 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Allerton is hiring for Summer 2018! Robert Allerton employed staff to maintain his estate starting in 1900, and over the decades hundreds of valuable employees have had a hand in making Allerton amazing. How would you like to be among that group?! We're in search of tree-huggers and plant-lovers...event planning enthusiasts..and day camp connoisseurs! Available positions include: Horticulture Intern Programming, Events & Outreach Intern Grounds Worker (summer) Day Camp Director Day Camp Leader Learn more about these opportunities and apply…

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Volunteer Orientation

March 17 @ 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. Contact Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu for more information.

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Allerton Spring Break

March 18 - March 23

Join your fellow students for an unforgettable Spring Break experience! Allerton Spring Break (ASB) participants get to stay at Allerton for the entire week, volunteering their time while experiencing all that this unique setting has to offer. Students will work together on volunteer projects daily, then take time to experience and explore Allerton. Allerton Park offers opportunities to relax, hike, and make lasting memories with new friends. Space is limited for this unique Spring Break experience, so apply early. For…

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SOLD OUT – Once In A (Almost) Blue Moon Hike

March 29 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$5

Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been providing readers with planting and harvesting advice based on the cycles of the moon. When is the best time to plant annual flowers? Which vegetables should be planted during the waning moon? Join Ryan Pankau, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, as he explores the folklore behind “planting by the signs” -- just before the upcoming spring full moon! To celebrate the rare occurrence of a blue moon (two full moons in…

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April 2018


Early Wildflower Hike

April 4 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hike the Sangamon River bluffs to see the first wildflowers of spring! We will see snow trillium, sharp-lobed hepatica and others. Meet at the Allerton Visitors Center at 9am. Register Cost is $5/person

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Allerton Trails Half-Marathon,10K, and 5K

April 6 - April 7

The 6th Annual Allerton Races weekend will be April 6-7, 2018. Try something a little different Friday night with the one-of-a-kind Trail-Glo 5K, and/or spend Saturday morning on the trails with the Half-Marathon or 10K. You are sure to have a blast with this always-lively group - probably getting a little muddy, and conquering Allerton's trails! Register Here

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SOLD OUT – Public Mansion Tours

April 8 @ 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sorry, this event has sold out. If you want to be the first to know about events, workshops, concerts, and hikes make sure you sign up for our enewsletter here. 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, April 8. Tours include the first and second…

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Community Yoga

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

Donation Based Class

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. Location update! Due to forecasted weather conditions this event will be in the Allerton Gallery. (Suggested arrival time –…

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The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange Visits Allerton

April 15 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$15

"I will never have another Grange, but neither will anyone else." -Robert Zuppke, University of Illinois Head Football Coach 1913-1941 Learn about the life and times of famous Illini Football legend Harold “Red” Grange (aka “The Galloping Ghost"). Presenter Charles Finn will give a summary of who Grange was as a person and athlete, covering the early college years, his rise to All-American level, and his NFL career. Enjoy footage from the Champaign Park District’s 2013 performance of “The Galloping…

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Volunteer Orientation

April 21 @ 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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Champaign County Audubon Bird Hike

April 21 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Enjoy the first waves of migrant songbirds with members of the Champaign County Audubon. Meet at the Allerton Visitors at 9am and then carpool to a birding hot spot within the park. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars (some will be available for rent on a first-come basis). This event is free, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Register

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Seed Starting Workshop

April 21 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$12

Learn the best way to start seeds to grow your own veggies and flowers! Seed starting techniques and tips will be discussed and include: equipment needed, tips for germinating specific seeds, how to avoid the dreaded “damping off” and how to get your seedling ready for transplant. We’ll also learn about saving seeds at the end of the gardening season so you can save money and select for the best seeds. Each participant will take home a six-pack of veggies…

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SOLD OUT – Forest-to-Mansion Foraging Hike

April 25 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Spend the evening hiking with through the early spring forest learning what you can and can't eat and enjoying the spring wildflowers. Items collected on the hike will be used in the April 29 Forest-to-Mansion Dinner. REGISTER Cost: $5, all sales are final. Please note, collecting wild materials (including mushrooms) is normally prohibited, and will only be allowed for this special event.

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Arbor Day Tree Planting & Hike

April 28 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn best practices when planting a tree in celebration of Arbor Day! Glean tips and tricks from one of Allerton’s full time Gardeners and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger. Class will take place in conjunction with a tree identification hike with Allerton’s Natural Areas Manager Nate Beccue. Please park at the Visitor Center Parking Lot and meet in Allerton’s Meadow. FREE! Space is limited and pre-registration required. REGISTER

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Forest-to-Mansion Dinner

April 29 @ 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

$95

Photo Credit: Jessica Hammie Five local chefs will prepare a delicious and unique 5-course dinner made with foraged ingredients from the Allerton Park forest. Among the expected wild ingredients are morel mushrooms, wild ginger, American ginseng, stinging nettle and wild wood mint. GET TICKETS $95/person Space is limited; this event typically sells out. Chefs and Menu: 1st Course - Ann Swanson, Farm Manager for Hendrick House, Urbana Smoked Trout over Allerton Mustard Green Kimchee, Grilled and Pickled Allerton Ramps and…

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May 2018


Spring into Summer Plant Sale

May 4 - May 6

Come out to celebrate spring, get your outdoor spaces ready for summer, and support Allerton Park! (A portion of the proceeds support Allerton’s Community Programming and maintaining the 14 Formal Gardens.) We will have annuals, herbs, perennials, arranged hanging baskets, and ALLERTON BLUEBELLS (!!!) for sale. Friday 5-8pm - Plant Sale & Kids' Potting Corner 6-7pm - Creative Containers: A Flower Gardening Workshop 6:15-7:45 Live Music from The Bashful Youngens Saturday 9-5pm - Plant Sale & Kids' Potting Corner 10-11am…

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Creative Containers: A Flower Gardening Workshop

May 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Donation Based Workshop

Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Hart, as she demonstrates how to take your summer garden containers to the next level with unique plant combinations and fun props. Come with your container gardening questions in hand and be set up for garden success this season. Afterwards stick around and enjoy the live music from The Bashful Youngens, food + drink, and a Kids’ Potting Corner during the Spring into Summer Plant Sale Fundraiser. Space is limited and pre-registration…

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Fresh Cut Flowers: A Gardening Workshop

May 5 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Donation Based Workshop

How many times have you admired a flower in your garden but didn’t cut it to bring inside because you didn’t want to spoil the look of your garden outside? That’s why the best possible solution is to create a designated cutting flower bed. Learn with flower farmer Becky Newton, from Wren's Gate Garden and Studio in Decatur, IL how to choose a site, assemble a plant list, and watch as she designs with locally grown flowers fresh from the…

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Community Yoga

May 6 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Donation Based Class

Find your inner zen and grab some beautiful plants to brighten your spirit! Josie from Yoga Off the Square will be offering a donation based yoga class in the meadow during the Spring into Summer Plant Sale Fundraiser. 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. Move through strength poses and end with cooling postures for the nervous…

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Bird & Wildflower Hike

May 9 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$5

Hike the McDonald Family Trails in during one of the most beautiful times of the year! Please bring binoculars if you have them, a few pairs will be available to loan out on a first come basis. Location: McDonald Family Trails Parking Lot (Lost Garden) $5/person, preregistration required, all sales are final. REGISTER

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