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Allerton Park & Retreat Center

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Discovering Earth Magic 4/21


with Candy Reeder

Calendar Apr 21, 2024 at 2 pm

Discovering Earth Magic

Led by: Candy Reeder

Sundays: March 24; April 7, 14, 21



Registration Deadline: March 22, 2024 and each subsequent Friday

Skill level: Beginner

Registration fee: $80/series OR $25/class


Course Description:

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and burned out by the hustle and bustle of life, but once you tune in, you’ll realize that Earth magic is surrounding us and ready to rejuvenate and restore feelings of peace. In this class we’ll cover a different topic each time, from the physical and emotional healing properties of herbs and using them with intention, to making cordage and fabric dye from backyard plants, to easy secrets to nourish Earth through your garden, to the power of meditating with the trees, the moon, the wind, or even the soil! Let’s heal our hearts by connecting and collaborating with Earth.

Class 4: Green Living 
This week we’ll talk about how you can help the environment with some very simple actions that can be incorporated into every day living. Collaborating with Momma Earth is more than just eating vegan and driving an electric vehicle, and can be fulfilling, exciting, and even stylish! Participants will craft their own accessory using repurposed invasive honeysuckle “beads”.


About the Instructor:

In 2018 Candy moved from a busy city to Champaign, where she truly met Nature. She began gardening and wild schooling with her 6 kids, learning about native plants and wildlife, how to both give to and receive from Earth, creating natural remedies from “weeds”, and the power of connecting with Nature to balance stress and sadness. Candy’s business is called Joyfully Blooming because she loves helping people find joy in discovering their authentic, natural self, hidden under the facade of social demands.

Earth Day Workshop


with Ryan Pankau

Calendar Apr 22, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Celebrate Earth Day at Allerton Park!

Join Illinois Extension Educator, Ryan Pankau, for a short hike exploring the specular woodland habitat at Allerton Park.  Ryan will show you a beautiful collection of blooming wildflowers and talk about the rare and pristine environment needed to support such thriving populations of sensitive native wildflowers. He will also cover some of the biggest threats to forest habitat in Illinois, such as non-native invasive species, and send you home with practical ways you can help preserve these unique ecosystems.

Continue the Earth Day celebration by making a wildflower seed bomb with 4-H Extension Program Coordinator Anne Reinbold and Allerton’s Visitor Center Coordinator Sarah Putman.  Please wear weather appropriate attire that you don’t mind getting dirty.

$5/person, children 5 and under are free. Space is limited.  All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email Sarah Putman at

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Family Movie Night


with Sarah Putman

Calendar Apr 26, 2024 at 7 pm

Come on out to Allerton for a movie, games, karaoke and snacks at a Family Movie Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the Music Barn.

Wear your favorite PJ’s and BYOBlanket and lawn chair to watch “High School Musical.” Each participant will receive a ticket at entry for popcorn, a movie theater boxed candy, and a soda or water.  A cash concession for additional drinks and snacks will be available.

Icebreaker games will start the night and after the movie, there will be karaoke.

$5/person. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate in the event, please email Sarah Putman at at the time of registration.

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Amazing Allerton Race: All-Ages
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Amazing Allerton Race: All-Ages

Calendar Apr 27, 2024 at 10 am

Allerton Park is hosting its first ever Amazing Allerton Race!  Like in the popular TV show, racers will work together in groups of 2 or 4 to “travel” all over the park, solving clues, completing challenges, and racing other teams to be the top finisher.  You’ll need your Allerton knowledge, some puzzle solving skills, and even quicker feet, because you won’t be allowed to use your personal devices to help you win!

This All-Ages race is open to a group or family of 2 or 4 people of any age.  The race will have a winner and second place for 2-person teams, plus winner and second place for 4-person teams.  The race will begin at 10am on the Gatehouse Lawn.

$10/person, children 9 and under are free.  Registration deadline is April 12th.  Space is limited.  If you think you have what it takes to win the Amazing Allerton Race: All-Ages, sign up today!

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email Sarah Putman at

Cookie Decorating: May 4


with Jennifer Holhubner

Calendar May 4, 2024 at 12 pm

Cookie Decorating

Led by: Jennifer Holhubner

Saturday, May 4, 2024

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Mansion Carriage House

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2024

Skill level: All Levels

Age Group: All ages (Children MUST register with a parent)

Registration fee: $65


Course Description:

In this class, students will learn to decorate provided cookies with royal icing. Instructor will demonstrate and explain wet-on-wet technique, outlining, and flooding. Participants will get to take home cookies that they decorate.

This class is being offered as part of Allerton's Bluebell Festival! Enjoy live music and stop by our plant sale and Farms instructor vendor market!


About the Instructor:

Champaign-Urbana native Jennifer Holhubner taught herself how to decorate cakes when she was 16 years old, and took up cookie decorating in 2019.

“Although they intimidated me, I forged on and got better with each order. I still have room to grow as we all do in whatever task we take on,” she said. “But I love to share the aspects of baking and decorating. I can actually now say, I am cookier!”

Full Course

Wet Felted Peony


with Stephanie Block

Calendar May 5, 2024 at 1 pm

Experience Level: Beginner

Combine felting and appreciation for the celebrated Peony Garden at Wet Felted Peony from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5 in the Greenhouse Auditorium. With the help of instructor Stephanie Block, participants will use locally grown alpaca fiber to create a peony that will resemble those growing at the Park. Each peony can be finished as a single stem or as a peony broach. If time permits, students may craft additional peonies to create a lovely bouquet!

$45/person. Register by April 21. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email Olivia Bunting at

About The Instructor

Stephanie Block is the co-owner of Sundrop Alpacas near Bement, where she focuses on creating unique handmade items from alpaca fiber. Through the alpaca farm she collaborates with other local farms to share knowledge, resources and how to enjoy rural life.

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Public Mansion Tour 5/5


with Tour Guide

Calendar May 5, 2024 at 2 pm

Have you ever wandered around Allerton Park and wondered what the inside of the historic mansion looks like?  Would you like to hear more about the unique history of Robert Allerton and the creation of his estate?  Register for one of our Public Mansion Tours held each month!

Mansion tours start at 2pm and begin in the Gallery of the Mansion.  Tours typically last between 45 and 60 minutes.

$10/person, ages 5 and under are free

Space is limited and tours typically sell out.

(NOTE: If tickets are sold out and you need additional children’s tickets, email Sarah Putman at

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email Sarah Putman at

Full Course

Flower Arranging Workshop


with Maggie Taylor

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 6 pm

Flower Arranging Worshop

Led by: Maggie Taylor, Delight Flower Farm LLC

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Mansion Dining Room

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2024

Skill level: Beginner

Registration fee: $70/person


Course Description

Delight Flower Farm welcomes you to Allerton to learn how to arrange flowers like a pro. Gather with friends & friendly folks to learn about a variety of spring flowers and the bouquet-making elements, including tulips, ranunculus, snap dragons and more. Participants will get to play with fresh cut flowers grown on Delight Flower Farm. Vases are included so participants can design their own bouquet to take home or gift to someone.

About the Instructor

Maggie Taylor, DFF farm owner has been farming flowers and leading workshops since 2011. Trained as an artist, she loves turning natural materials into objects of joy, and empowering others to do it too. Depending on the time of year she may be teaching about fresh flowers or winter evergreen wreaths. Maggie's teaching style is accessible, informative, encouraging and often humorous! Other capable farm crew members assist in teaching large groups.

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