Face painting at LCF's Mudpuppy Festival
While our popular Mudpuppy Festival has taken the year off, we're still celebrating! In recognition of the mudpuppy salamander (the Sangamon River's coolest creature!) the city of Monticello declared January 30, 2021, as Mudpuppy Day.
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.