Concerts, Star Gazing, and a Sunset Paddle with Champaign County Forest Preserve


Lots of great activities to check out with the Champaign County Forest Preserve!

Vanishing Act: Trees Under Threat
This exhibit gives a compelling look at threatened and endangered trees and the importance of taking action to save them. Human driven processes such as over exploitation, habitat loss and climate change are accelerating the rates of extinction for many species, including trees. Currently, 10% of all tree species are threatened with extinction.
Beyond their aesthetic beauty, trees are often integral parts of their ecosystems, as well as providing humans with food, lumber and medicine. Tree conservationists and scientists are bringing light to the issue of tree extinctions, showing the incredible diversity of threatened trees, and informing the public on how they can help to save them.

Thursday, August 9
Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7-8:30 p.m.
Learn who comes out when the sun goes down as we explore aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Previous canoe experience is required. All equipment will be provided; please bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe. Space is limited. Register by August 8 at For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. 
Join the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society for an evening with the stars. Tonight, we will have the chance to observe the Perseid meteor shower! We’ll meet at the Interpretive Center at 8:30 p.m. for a short presentation by Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake, then drive to the Walnut Hill Shelter area to view the stars, planets, and more! Weather-permitting, the program will go until midnight, but you may leave when you wish. No cloud date. Call (217) 351-2567 for weather updates. FREE. All ages. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Sunday, August 12
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 5-7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of music and treats all with a view of our stunning Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens! Congolese musicians Jean Rene Balekita and Bomoyi will join us and sing in multiple languages. Sounds of jazz and gospel will be intertwined with an African rhythm for a truly unique performance. Having toured in Africa, Europe and the United States, their talents have been appreciated across the globe. Don’t let the summer sun get you down, as we will be making and sampling ice cream! FREE. Other refreshments will be available for purchase. All ages. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or

Construction Projects: 
Waterfall/Pond area of the Botanical Garden
Lake of the Woods Golf Course

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