• Settlement on the Prairie

    Join us a Dr. Judy Parrish tells stories of some of the hardships early settlers had to face in Central Illinois as they worked to harness the rich prairie soils to start a new life.

  • Visit Menard County Trails & Greenways Booth at Petersburg Harvest Fest

    Come see us at the Menard County Trails & Greenways booth at the Petersburg Harvest Fest. We’ll there all day answering questions about places to visit in Menard County. We’ll have trail maps available for the trails at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and other cool handouts. While you’re there you can visit the shops on the square, grab a cool beverage at Hand of Fate Brewery, and stay for Captain Geech and Shrimp Shack Shooters in the evening.

  • Sangamon River Cleanup; Riverbend Forest Preserve, Mahomet

    Join us for our Annual Cleanup on the Sangamon River between Hwy 47 and Riverbend Forest Preserve Meet up at Riverbend Forest Preserve, starting at 8:45am. Canoes and kayaks are available to all FREE OF CHARGE! But you MUST REGISTER ONLINE for this event. Please register if you would like to use one of our boats or will be bringing your own. There will be a picnic lunch afterward with food provided by the USRC for all volunteers. Cleanup portion should end between 1 and 2pm. Lunch around 2. Please arrive by 8:45.