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Forest Park Nature Center

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5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
(309) 686-3360 https://peoriaparks.org/facility/fpnc/

April 2019

Earth Day Festival

April 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Come join us in celebrating Mother Nature!  This is your chance to Think Globally and Act Locally.  Enjoy fun and informational booths, live music, great local food, kids activities, and much more!

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July 2019

Songs from the Woods Concert Series, featuring Ben Bedford

July 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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$9 – $12

In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his music for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He's also played festivals like The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, The Fox Valley Folk Festival in Illinois, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in…

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September 2019

Illinois River Sweep

September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Meet at Forest Park Nature Center for this annual Illinois River cleanup day. Gloves and trash bags are provided. Call Forest Park at 309-686-3360 to register yourself, your family, or your group.  Registration begins at 8am, cleanup begins at 9am.

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Songs from the Woods featuring Bill Staines

September 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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$10

The woods will ring with music at our concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians anywhere!

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October 2019

Fall Photo Scavenger Hunt

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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$5

Bring your digital camera or phone, and head out onto trails to complete a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Complete as many challenges as you can, as you collect fun memories and maybe even win a prize!  $5/team of 10 or fewer people.

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Creatures of the Night

October 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Summon your courage and prepare to enter the dark forest!  Enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with nature-inspired stories, and more! $4 in advance; $5 at the door

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December 2019

Nature Art Show & Sale

December 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Open Tuesday-Saturday only. This art show features unique artwork created by local artists. Find original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry, and more. Enjoy the wood-burning stove, hot drinks, and the rustic charm of the Nature Center!  This show is the perfect stop for your holiday shopping list!

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Holiday Shop & Stroll

December 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Stroll a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, seasonal treats and wassail; and discover nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale. Shop in the Trailhead Nature Store to support this event.  Holiday Shop & Stroll alsow takes place on 12/14 and 12/20, with a special sale on 12/20!

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Holiday Shop & Stroll

December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Stroll a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, seasonal treats and wassail; and discover nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale. Shop in the Trailhead Nature Store to support this event - special sale on 12/20!

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Holiday Shop & Stroll

December 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Stroll a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy live holiday music, storytelling and caroling, seasonal treats and wassail; and discover nature-related artwork from the Nature Art Show & Sale. Shop in the Trailhead Nature Store to support this event - special sale TODAY!

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January 2020

Nature Photography Contest and Show

January 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Celebrate the beauty of nature with our annual winter photography contest and show! Visit Forest Park or call 309-686-3360 for more information.  Forest Park Nature Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 9AM-5PM.

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February 2020

Songs from the Woods featuring Barry Cloyd

February 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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$8 – $10

The woods will ring with music at our concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians anywhere.

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Reverse Science Fair

February 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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$3 – $5

Keep your kids learning on their day off of school! You bring the kids, and we and our partner organizations will set up the interactive science stations.  Ages: Elementary and junior high students.

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April 2020

CANCELLED: Earth Day Festival

April 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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FREE

Due to the COVID-19 siuation, this event has been cancelled. Earth Day turns 50 this year!  Celebrate Mother Nature at our annual Earth Day Festival.  Enjoy fun and informational booths, music, great local food, kids activities and more!

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September 2020

Maple Syrup and Birdseed Sidewalk Sale

September 5, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Stock up on Camp Wokanda Maple Syrup and birdseed from Forest Park during our sidewalk sale! Get them while supplies last, this stuff is "going like hotcakes"!

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October 2020

Guided Hikes – Tree ID Hikes

October 3, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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FREE

Explore the diversity of life along the Illinois River Bluffs! Our naturalist-guided hikes focus on the wonders of nature during our changing seasons. Themes include Winter Wonder Walk, Tree Identification, Woodland Bird Hikes, Full Moon Strolls, Lightning Bugs!, Woodland and Prairie Wildflower Walks, Signs of Spring, and Fall Foliage Walks.  All Ages Welcome. Must pre-register to assure social distancing.  peoriaparks.org/registration

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A New Way to Learn: Beyond School Forest Park Nature Center

October 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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$50

In October 2020, the Peoria Park District is launching “Beyond School.” These classes are appropriate for homeschool purposes, but can also be used as an educational supplement for students engaged in online school learning. Programs are available for students ages 4-17, in three categories: Fitness, Nature, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Each class is 6 hours spread across 3-4 sessions over the course of a month. Classes are scheduled in October, November, and December; registration will be…

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November 2020

Fall Foliage Hike

November 7, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Take a guided hike with one of the Peoria Park District Naturalists through the beautiful Forest Park.  Registration is required to ensure IDPH group size limits are being followed.

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December 2020

Nature Art Show & Sale

December 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr
Peoria Heights, IL 61616 United States
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Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am -4pm   The most unique artwork created by local artists will be on display and available for purchase at Forest Park Nature Center.  You'll find everything from original nature-related photographs, paintings, woodcarvings, handmade jewelry - you're sure to find the perfect gift.  Enjoy the wood-burning stove, and the rustic charm of the Nature Center while you peruse the exceptional pieces of local art. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Forest Park Nature Center.

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