VCCD and VCCF 2018 EVENTS

Click on link for events calendar.  VCCD and VCCF EVENTS 2018

ANNUAL MAPLE SYRUP OPEN HOUSE

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MAPLE SYRUP OPEN HOUSE

 

The Annual Maple Syrup Open House, hosted by the Vermilion County Conservation District, will take place in the Pioneer Homestead Area on Sunday, March 18th, at Forest Glen Preserve, Westville, IL.  The Sugar Bush, the building in which maple syrup is made, as well as the Pioneer Cabin, will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. CST.  Interpreters will be on hand to demonstrate the maple syrup making process.

Last year a record number of visitors enjoyed a delicious pancake and sausage dinner served with Forest Glen’s famous maple syrup in the Gannett Outdoor Education Center.   Adults $5.00, children under 12, $2.50.  Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. CST.

We look forward to seeing you this year.

For more information call Forest Glen Preserve at 662-2142

Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 Bunker Hill Historic Area Buildings
Cabin and Nature Center Open for Visitors

Atwood house resizedWill be open 2018-May 27-Sept 2 (Sundays)-The Historic Buildings at the Bunker Hill Historic Area located in the Kennekuk County Park and the Cabin and Nature Center at Forest Glen Preserve will open Sundays from May 27th through Labor Day Weekend from 1 to 4pm

Conservation Olympics

will be held 2018 – May 11 (Friday)-The Conservation Olympics will be held on Friday, May 11th and included a number of area 6th graders at Forest Glen.

Anglo-Scandinavian Living History

Scan725will be held 2018 – May  (Saturday-Sunday)-Anglo Scandinavian Living History Program is held at the Forest Glen Pioneer Cabin area, 10am-4pm, Free

 

Illini Bass Club/D.A.R.E Kid’s Fishing Derby

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will be held 2018 – June 2 (Saturday)-Fishing Derby sponsored by the Illini Bass Club and D.A.R.E at the Horseshoe Pond, Kennekuk County Park.  For details call Lara at 442-1691.

 

 

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French and Indian War Reenactment

will be held 2018 – July 14 – 15 (Saturday-Sunday) The Vermilion County Conservation District held a French and Indian War Reenactment at Forest Glen Preserve on Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm). The event includes costumed re-enactors portraying life on the frontier during the period from 1740 to 1763. A full battle with muskets and cannons occures at 2pm each day.  The days also included the fife and drum corps, cannon demo, historic fashion show and tomahawk throw.

The event was free to the public and takes place at the Pioneer Homestead in Forest Glen Preserve.

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Saturday Hayrides at Forest Glen

Will be held 2018 – June 2, July 7, Aug 4,  (Saturdays) – Hayrides are offered on Saturday evenings at 7pm at Forest Glen and  2018 – Sept 1, Oct. 6 (Saturdays) Hayrides are offered at 6pm.  Meet at the staff office parking lot; Cost $1 per person.

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Summer Camp Programs
from the Vermilion County Conservation District will be held in 2018

34The Vermilion County Conservation District’s Summer programs offer outdoor fun for kids ages 3 and older. With almost 4,500 acres between Kennekuk County Park and the Forest Glen Preserve, children gain appreciation and knowledge of wildlife and the great outdoors.  Our camp programs give children the opportunity to explore their natural world through hands-on discoveries, hiking excursions and art experiences.

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Some of the programs included:

  • Kennekuk Camp for Preschool (for ages 3-5)
  • Toddling Into Nature (for ages 3-5)
  • Wonder Bugs (for grades K-2nd)
  • Art in Nature (for grades 3-5)
  • Pioneer Kids Camp (for grades 1-3)
  • Wild About Wildlife (all ages and families)
  • Science in Nature (grades 3-5)

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Information about 2017 programs can be obtained by calling (217) 662-2142

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Cheeseburgers and Fun 2018

Will be held on August 11, 2018 (Saturday)-Cheeseburgers and Fun, the largest one day event in Vermilion County has attracted thousands of people from all over the region.  It includes top notch performers, a huge antique car and hot rod show, antique tractor show while the Kennekuk Road Runners’ “Howl at the Moon” 8-hour run/walk will take place.  Though there is no cover charge, donations are gladly accepted for the Kennekuk Environmental Education Center and the Foundation. The Kennekuk County Park’s Bunker Hill historic area offers acres of classic vehicles, a huge tent for enjoying the Cheeseburger cook out hosted by the VCCFoundation.

2018 sponsorships are available for your business!  It’s a great way to bring your name before thousands of people having a great time!  Your sponsorship ensures the event will off set the cost of the event with any profit going for the many projects of the VCCFoundation.  As a sponsor, your name will be prominently displayed on stage as well as the event area, and announced throughout the days activities, listed in the VCCFoundation’s newsletter “The Conservationist” (readership of 2500+) and on this website before the event and after as a “thank you.”

For more information concerning the 2018 event or sponsorships call (217) 662-2142.

Revolutionary War Reenactment and

Pioneer Craft Day

Will be held 2018 – September 22-23 (Saturday-Sunday)-The Revolutionary War Reenactment takes place along with the Pioneer Craft Day.  Visitors discover and learn what our ancestors dealt with in the late 1700s.  It takes place at the Homestead Cabin Area at Forest Glen Preserve, Free.

4th  Annual Sportsman Banquet

Will be held  2018 – October 6- The Vermilion County Conservation Foundation and Sportsman’s Banquet Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support! With your past support, we have been able to finish Phase I of the Environmental Education Center at Kennekuk County Park.  This facility has already been enjoyed by many Vermilion County students and hosted various other activities. Also, with your help we have been able to assist with the purchase of a John Deere tractor.   This tractor has been put to use at all of the VCCD properties for habitat management.

Our 4th Annual Sportsman’s Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Sleepy Creek Vineyard, Oakwood, IL.  As in the past, all proceeds stay local to support the VCCF’s goals. Thank you for partnering with the VCCF and their efforts to educate our children, protect our natural resources and continue to improve Vermilion County.  For ticket information please call 217-442-1691

Haunted Happenings

vccdf 19Will be held 2018 – October 20 (Saturday)-The Vermilion Conservation District offers a scary trip at the Bunker Hill Historic Area at Kennekuk County Park.  This is one of the most sought after tickets in the area as admission is just $10 per person in advance. There are a limited number of tickets available at the Visitor’s Center at Kennekuk.  Remember that tickets are always required!

 

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Thanksgiving at the Cabin

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Will be held 2018 – November 4  (Sunday)-People will enjoy a pioneer Thanksgiving meal  at the Pioneer Cabin located at Forest Glen Preserve.  Free

 

 

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Click the Cheeseburgers and Fun tab on the home page for pictures from the 2017 event:

2018 sponsorships are available for your business!  It’s a great way to bring your name before thousands of people having a great time!  Your sponsorship ensures the event will off set the cost of the event with any profit going for the many projects of the VCCFoundation.  As a sponsor, your name will be prominently displayed on stage as well as the event area, and announced throughout the days activities, listed in the VCCFoundation’s newsletter “The Conservationist” (readership of 2500+) and on this website before the event and after as a “thank you.”

For more information concerning the 2018 event or sponsorships call (217) 662-2142.