Face painting at LCF's Mudpuppy Festival

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


Mudpuppies are active all winter long, and you can be, too. Look below for family nature activities, indoors and out!

Print and Color at Home

"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.

Snake illustration by Noah Clements
Scavenger Hunt Bingo Card

Winter Hiking Fun

Scavenger Hunt Bingo

There's plenty to discover on a winter hike! Take along our bingo card when you visit our Bruce Hannon Levee Trail. It's a fun way to encourage kids to look closely and appreciate nature in every season.

IDNR "Slime, Scales & Mudpuppy Tales" cover

Illinois' Amphibians & Reptiles

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.

CCFPD "Winter Activity Guide" cover

Whose Pawprints Are Those?

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.

The Land Conservation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to preserve and restore natural communities in East Central Illinois, to create interconnected corridors, to provide wildlife habitat, and connect people and nature for future generations.


Deanna Glosser, PhD, Executive Director

3413 Waterville Ct.   Champaign, IL 61822

217/607-8155 (office)   217/725-5886 (cell)

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