• 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…

  • Tree Plantings at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial

    ‘Parkway” tree planting this Friday, October 9th, starting at 9:00 AM. Planting in the park will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 10th Saturday, October 3, was the beginning of a very busy week at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial.  A dedicated group worked Saturday morning removing more bush honeysuckle throughout the park.  It was the last Restoration Day of a very successful season of eliminating this invasive plant. This coming Thursday, October 8, 68 trees will be delivered to the park. 20 of the trees will be planted in “islands” along the Lincoln Memorial Parkway.  If you recall, two years ago, with the assistance of the…

  • Restoration Work Day – Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park

    We’ll be removing bush honeysuckle and general park maintenance. Please wear gloves and a mask. As always, we appreciate any amount of time you can give. There have been so many improvements made with the removal of bush honeysuckle and this will be our last opportunity this year. To the many volunteers who have given their time to improve this beautiful park as the site of Abraham Lincoln’s family first home in Illinois, we are so grateful.

  • Calling on Volunteers at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park

    bush honeysuckle

    We are so excited that Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial will be opening tomorrow, Friday, May 29, 2020.  We have been anxiously waiting for this good news!!!  We encourage you to come out and visit the park.  It is beautiful and you will be able to see changes from last year with the removal of a lot of honeysuckle.  At this time, all scheduled programs and events have been canceled.  If there are any changes, you will be notified. The bush honeysuckle in the park is growing rapidly.  On June 4, 2020, we will be working in the park to spray, cut, and remove as much of this…