Face painting at LCF's Mudpuppy Festival
Our popular Mudpuppy Festival returns this spring! Bring the whole family to the Monarch Events Center in Monticello between 1 and 4 pm on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
Mudpuppies are active in every season, and you can be, too. Look below for family nature activities, indoors and out!
"Mandy's Prairie Home" Coloring Book
All ages can enjoy coloring the beautiful black-and-white illustrations in this story of a Midwestern prairie threatened — then saved — written and illustrated by Gillian Moore.
Mandy, a Massasauga rattlesnake, lived happily in sunny, open prairie. But strange, invading plants began taking over her home. Her friend, the Wise Old Oak, saw its acorns struggle to survive in the cool shade. Could anything save them? Using fire — nature’s own tool — caring people bring Mandy’s home back into balance.
Freshwater Mussels and Their Fish Hosts
Freshwater mussel larvae hitchhike on the gills or fins of fish while they change into young mussels. To attract the right fish, some mussels even grow their own amazing fishing lures! LCF's large, colorful mussel-host poster shows the host and hitchhiker pairings found in the Upper Sangamon River. Contact us to obtain full-sized copies (26 x 38.5 inches), or print a small PDF.
Slime, Scales & Mudpuppy Tales
Kids can get to know our state's salamanders, frogs, snakes, turtles, and lizards with this booklet from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It includes basic facts, plus simple line drawings to color.
Winter Activity Guide
When the snow falls, it's your chance to learn to identify animal tracks! The Champaign County Forest Preserve District's guide is filled with fun activities focused on the nature of Central Illinois.