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2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Last Modified 10/26/15
 
Major Events 2016

January

April

July October

February
 
May August November

March
 
June September December

 

January

5 (Mon)


 
First day to reserve shelters/buildings for 2016 year; Call 217-442-1691 for Kennekuk and Lake Vermilion reservations, 217-662-2142 for Forest Glen reservations;   General Information.  
20 (Wed)
 
 
VCCD Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park; 4:30 pm; Public invited

February

5 (Fri) VCCF Board Meeting, Kennekuk, 9 am
17 (Wed)

 
VCCD Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park; 4:30 pm; Public invited

 March

5 (Sat)

 

Vermilion County Conservation Foundation Sportman's Banquet; 5:00 pm; Riggle Banquet Center, Westville; Call 217-442-1691 for ticket information
16 (Wed) VCCD Board Meeting at Gannett Center, Forest Glen; 4:30 pm; Public Invited
20(Sun)







 
Maple Syrup Open House and Pancake/Sausage Dinner; Sugar Bush and Gannett Center, Forest Glen Preserve; Maple Syrup making demonstration; pioneer cabin; maple syrup sales and a pancake & sausage dinner with Forest Glen Maple Syrup is served in Gannett Outdoor Education Center (11-4 p.m.); Dinner prices are $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under; call 217-662-2142 for information.
19 (Sat)



 
Turkey Hunting Draw, 9 am, Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park, Lottery drawing for 2016 Spring Turkey Season at Kennekuk County Park.  Call 217-442-1691 for more information.
April
8 (Fri) VCCF Board Meeting, Kennekuk, 9 am
10 (Sun) VCCD Volunteer Opportunity Fair, 1-4 PM; Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk
  Civil War Drills; Forest Glen Homestead Area; 10 am - 4 pm
20 (Wed)

 
VCCD Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk County Park, 4:30 p.m., public invited
23 (Sat)
 
VCCD Earth Day Event, 1-4 pm; Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk
30 (Sat)
 
World War II Remembrance Days at Kennekuk County Park; Bunker Hill Historic Area; FREE

May

1 (Sun)
 
World War II Remembrance Days at Kennekuk County Park; Bunker Hill Historic Area; FREE
6-7 (Fri-Sat) Hob Nob Market, Laury Barn @ Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk County Park
13(Fri)



 
Conservation Olympics; Edgewood Center, Forest Glen Preserve; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 6th graders from area schools compete in athletic events while testing their environmental knowledge; free; call 217-662-2142 for additional information.
18 (Wed)

 
VCCD. Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk Visitor Center, 4:30 p.m.; public invited
29 (Sun)

 
Historic Buildings at Kennekuk County Park & Cabin and Nature Center at Forest Glen open Sundays through Labor Day; 1-4 p.m.
(Sat-Sun)
 
Spring Anglo-Viking Gathering at Forest Glen, Pioneer Cabin Area; Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 10 am-3 pm; FREE

June

4 (Sat)
 
Public Hayride at Forest Glen Preserve; 7 pm; Meet at Staff Office Parking Lot; $1.00/person
4 (Sat)
 
Illini Bass Club and D.A.R.E. Kid's Fishing Derby; Horseshoe Pond, Kennekuk; 9:00 am; FREE
7 (Tue)

 
Kennekuk Camp for Preschool;  3-5 years; 10 am or 2 pm;  Pre-registration and fee required; Call 217-442-1691 to register.
9 (Thu)

 
Kennekuk Camp for Preschool; 3-5 years; 10 am or 2 pm;  Pre-registration and fee required; Call 217-442-1691 to register.
10 (Fri) VCCF Board Meeting; 9 am; Kennekuk County Park
11 (Sat)
 
VCCD 50th Anniversary Celebration; David S. Palmer Arena
12 (Sun)
 
VCCD 50th Anniversary Celebration at Forest Glen, Kennekuk, Lake Vermilion and Heron County Parks
14 (Tue)

 
Kennekuk Camp for Preschool:  3-5 years; 10 am or 2 pm;  Pre-registration and fee required; Call 217-442-1691 to register.
14 (Tue)


 
Wild About Wildlife Program for families of all ages; 9-11 am; Gannett Center at Forest Glen; No registration or fee required; Call 217-662-2142 for information
15 (Wed)
 
VCCD Board Meeting at Gannett Center,  Forest Glen; 6:00 pm
16 (Thu)

 
Kennekuk Camp for Preschool;  3-5 years; 10 am or 2 pm;  Pre-registration and fee required; Call 217-442-1691 to register.

* Summer programs for kids require fees & pre-registration on forms available at V.C.C.D. offices or through your local library. 

July
(Sat)
 
Public Hayride at Forest Glen; 7 p.m.; Meet at Staff Office Parking Lot; $1.00/person
6 (Wed)
 
Wonder Bugs Camp @ Kennekuk; K-2nd Grade; 9-11:30 am; Fee & Pre-Registration Required ​*
9 (Sat)
 
Spinners & Weavers Day; Gannett Center at Forest Glen; 10 am - 4 pm; FREE
12(Tue)


 
Wild About Wildlife Program for families of all ages; 9-11 am; Gannett Center at Forest Glen; No registration or fee required; Call 217-662-2142 for more information
12 (Tue) Art & Nature Camp; Fee & Pre-registration required ​*
13 (Wed)
 
Pioneer Kids Camp @ Forest Glen; K-5th Grade; 9:30 - 11:30 am; Fee & pre-registration required ​*
14 (Thu)
 
Science & Nature Camp; Kennekuk; Fee & pre-registration required ​*
16-17
(Sat-Sun)
French & Indian War Re-enactment; Forest Glen Homestead Cabin; FREE
19 (Tue)


 
Wild About Wildlife Program for families of all ages; 9-11 am; Gannett Center at Forest Glen; No registration or fee required; Call 217-662-2142 for more information
20 (Wed)
 
V.C.C.D. Board Meeting at Environmental Ed Center, 4:30 p.m.; Public invited
20 (Wed)
 
Pioneer Kids Camp @ Forest Glen; K-5th grade; 9:30 -11:30 am; Fee & Pre-registration required *
21 (Thu)
 
Wonder Bugs Camp @ Kennekuk; K-2nd grade; 9:30 - 11:30 am; Fee & pre-registration required ​*
(Sun)

 
Forest Glen Preserve Whitetail Archery Deer Hunt Lottery Draw; for more information contact Gary Wilford 217-260-4637
26 (Tue)


 
Wild About Wildlife Program for families of all ages;  9-11 am; Gannett Center at Forest Glen; No registration or fee required; Call 217-662-2142 for more information
* Summer programs for kids require fees & pre-registration on forms available at V.C.C.D. offices or through your local library. 

August

5 (Fri)

 
Vermilion County Conservation Foundation Board Meeting; 9:00 am; Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk
6 (Sat)
 
Public Hayride at Forest Glen; 7 p.m.; Meet at Staff Office Parking Lot; $1.00/person
7 - 12
​(Sun-Fri)
VCCD Wildlife Display at Georgetown Fair - Come Visit Us!
13(Sat)

 
VCCD Foundation "Cheeseburgers & Fun" at Bunker Hill Historic Area; Music, antique car show & entertainment; Call 217-442-1691 for details
17 (Wed)
 
VCCD. Board Meeting at Environmental Ed Center, Kennekuk, 4:30 p.m.; public invited

September

3 (Sat)
 
Public Hayride at Forest Glen Preserve; 6 p.m.; Meet at Staff Office Parking Lot; $1.00/person
(Sat)
 
Leaf Collecting Hike at Forest Glen Preserve;10 a.m.; Meet at Edgewood Center Parking Lot; Free
10 (Sat)
 
Wool Dyeing Demonstration; Forest Glen Homestead Cabin; 10 am - 3 pm; Free
21(Wed)
 
VCCD. Board Meeting at Gannett Center at Forest Glen; 4:30p.m.; public invited
24 - 25     (Sat-Sun) Revolutionary War Re-enactment, Homestead Cabin area at Forest Glen Preserve; Free
24 (Sat)



 
Haunted Happenings Advance Ticket Sales begin, 12 p.m.; Visitor Center, Kennekuk;  Sales continue while tickets last!  Limited number of tickets available for Haunted Happenings.  Tickets $10.00 each before October 23; $15.00 each on day of event

October

(Sat)
 
Public Hayride at Forest Glen Preserve; 6 p.m.; Meet at Staff Office Parking Lot; $1.00/person
14 (Fri)
 
VCCF Board Meeting; Environmental Education Center, Kennekuk; 9:00 am
19 (Wed)
 
VCCD Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center; Kennekuk; 4:30 pm - Public invited
22 (Sat)

 
Haunted Happenings at Kennekuk; gates open at 6:00 pm; advance tickets required; Tickets $10.00 each until October 23, $15.00 each on day of event

November

6(Sun)
 
Thanksgiving at the Cabin at Forest Glen; 1-4:00 pm; Free; Call 217-662-2142 for more information
16 (Wed)
 
VCCD. Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center at Kennekuk, 4:30 p.m.; public invited

 December

2 (Fri)

 
VCCF Board of Directors Meeting; 9 am; Environmental Education Center; Kennekuk County Park
(Wed)
 
VCCD. Board Meeting at Environmental Education Center; Kennekuk, 4:30 p.m.; public invited
(Sun)
 
Holiday Open House at Bunker Hill Historic Area; Kennekuk County Park; 2 pm-8 pm; Free
Holiday Lights, Bunker Hill Historic Area, Kennekuk; 5 -8 p.m. Weekends; Free

        * Summer Programs for kids require fees & pre-registration on forms provided by V.C.C.D.
 through your child's school, local library or either park office. 

Please phone ahead (217-442-1691 {Kennekuk} or
217-662-2142 {Forest Glen} for
updates and schedule changes or more information on any of our
events and programs!

 
 

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