Geminid Meteor Shower

Bring your lawn chair to Friends Creek Conservation Area to view the strongest meteor shower of the year. Free. Register online.

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Mammals of Illinois

What is a mammal? Examine the pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. Register online.

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Snake and Turtle Show

Meet, feel, and learn about our education animals and their ways of life. We have several species to show you! Register online.

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Trip to Illinois’ Largest Tree

Venture to Ogle County in northern Illinois to see the state’s largest tree. We’ll also visit the Jarrett Prairie Center and hike on a dolomite hill prairie. Register online.

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Armchair Birding

Enjoy some peace and calm before the holidays by watching the birds from the comfort of our indoor Window on Wildlife. Free. Register online.

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Discovering Dinosaurs

How many dinosaur fossils have been found in Illinois? Learn all about these reptilian creatures and see how you size up to them. Register online.

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Preschool Peepers: Feed the Birds

Young children are invited to learn about birds that winter here, take a hike, and then make a peanut butter or Crisco pinecone bird feeder to hang outside for the birds. Register online.

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Pajama Party Mini Camp

Children 1-5 will learn what animals do during the cold months. Join the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like an animal’s fur! Register online.

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Pajama Party Mini Camp

Children 1-5 will learn what animals do during the cold months. Join the fun by wearing your favorite pajamas, which keep us warm just like an animal’s fur! Register online.

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Full Moon Viewing

See the full moon 50 times larger through our telescope, then take a short hike to view the forest illuminated by our only natural satellite. Free. Register online.

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Preschool Peepers: Ice Cold

Take a short hike outside to discover a winter wonderland, then go inside to learn about freezing temperatures, do a craft, and paint with ice. Free. Register online.

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Pere Marquette State Park Eagle Trip

Visit this state park and venture through river bluffs and woods to get an up-close look at wintering bald eagles along the Mississippi River and lower Illinois River. Register online.

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Native American Games and Lifestyles

What was life like for the Native Americans who inhabited Illinois over 200 years ago? Learn about their culture, lifestyle, and experience the skill-building games they played. Free. Register online.

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Story Time: Winter Lore

Old Man Winter has made his way back to central Illinois! Join a naturalist as we read Native American stories about winter. Free. Register online.

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Predators of the Prairie

Join a naturalist to learn about the different natural predators found in our prairies, then journey outside to find some! Free. Register online.

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Trip to Cahokia Mounds

Travel back in time as you learn about ancient Native Americans as you tour the Mounds and Interpretive Center exhibits. Register online.

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Maple Syrup Programs

Learn how sap becomes syrup, why spring is the best time of year to harvest sap, and how people used sap throughout history. Held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Register online by February 14.

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Leap Day Nature Walk

Take a hike through a quiet winter woodland as we observe an event that only happens once every four years: Leap Day! Free. Register online.

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