• Things with Wings Mini-BioBlitz

    The first mini-BioBlitz of the season will be held Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 1:00 PM in Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial.   ‘Bio’ means ‘life’ and ‘Blitz’ means ‘to do something quickly and intensively’. Together they make ‘BioBlitz’, a collaborative search to discover as many species as possible, within a set location. The park offers an outdoor learning space that is perfect for this fun activity and families and all ages can become scientists as they study the biodiversity at the site of Abraham Lincoln’s first home in Illinois. We hope you can join us as we survey all “Things with Wings” and take part in the Illinois State Bird Count…

  • Restoration Work Day–Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park

    We are excited to officially begin our season at the park and there are many jobs that need to be accomplished to make this beautiful area a welcome place to enjoy. We appreciate any amount of help and time you can give. Please wear gloves and bring a mask. Come enjoy the signs of spring, observe the changes in the park that have been made, and meet new friends. .

  • Conservation,  Upper Sangamon

    Charlotte & Dan Brady Nature Preserve

    bluebells in brady woods

    The Land Conservation Foundation has great news to announce! On January 26, the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission gave final approval for the dedication of our Brady Woods property in western Champaign County as a Nature Preserve. Dedicating land as a Nature Preserve is the greatest protection land can be granted in Illinois.  Brady Woods protects a biologically diverse stretch of the Sangamon River and associated forest. The preserve is on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory for outstanding aquatic resources, especially freshwater mussels. It is now the Charlotte and Dan Brady Woods Nature Preserve. Join us in celebrating this exciting accomplishment.  Brady Woods is a showcase for spring wildflowers—bluebells in particular,…

  • Education,  Upper Sangamon

    Celebrate Mudpuppy Day January 30

    Our popular Mudpuppy Festival is on hold this year, but we’re still honoring the Sangamon River’s coolest creature! The city of Monticello has proclaimed Saturday, January 30, as Mudpuppy Day. To celebrate, our new Kids page offers fun family activities, including Scavenger Hunt Bingo for our Bruce Hannon Levee Trail, and a beautiful coloring book, Mandy’s Prairie Home.

  • Native plantings at Lincoln Trail Homestead SP — Help is Needed!!

    Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park

    Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial will be closing its gate on November 1st.  Our greatest wish is that you have enjoyed the park this season and have many happy memories spent there.  The park offered a very nice alternative for handling Covid-19.  Many improvements were made to improve the park however we have one more project that must be completed before the park closes for the winter. Money from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation’s Stewardship Challenge Grant allowed us to purchase 100 native plants to be planted throughout the park.  Unfortunately the nursery just delivered the plants at this late date.  Due to the lateness of the delivered…