Special Events and Programs at Willoughby
Call 618-346-7529 at least five business days before the start of a program to register. Click here for a registration form.
Fees for some programs are listed as “Benefit ID”. Benefit ID is the price that CARD residents pay when they show their Benefit ID card. Need a card? Visit the CARD Activity Center to get your free ID. Not sure if you live in-district? Call 618-346-7529.
Remember that everyone, regardless of residency, is welcome to use CARD facilities and participate in CARD activities.
Click here for the 2013 summer newsletter with information about all of the programs and special events offered through CARD.
Geocaching at Willoughby Farm - it’s very ‘caching!
What is Geocaching? It is part of a worldwide treasure hunt by way of GPS (Global Positioning System). If you have a GPS you can play anytime, anywhere. The game essentially begins by going to www.geocaching.com and entering your location. You will be given a list of caches (treasures) to find within a certain radius of your location. Each location is given by its coordinates, which is how your GPS works.
Fall Farm Day
For all ages
11am - 2pm, Saturday, TBD for 2013
Bring your family and explore the history of Willoughby Farm with tours by Willoughby family members, check out the “poultry palace”, visit with the goats, rabbits and sheep, purchase a pumpkin, snap a picture perfect photo among beautiful fall foliage, jump on the free wagon ride and enjoy live bluegrass music from Rural Rights Revival. You can also purchase homemade jams, jellies and baked goods. Fresh pulled pork sandwiches from the whole hog roasted that day and other refreshments will be available to purchase.
Admission is free!
Family Camp Out
For all ages
4p, Saturday, June 15, 2013 through 9a, Sunday, June 16, 2013
Bring your tent and sleeping bags to the farm for this family camping experience. After setting up, enjoy a guided night hike on the trails. Bring your favorite campfire foods to cook over the bonfire. Cost per site: $15 for the first tent; $7 per additional tent. Two-tent maximum per site. Call 618-346-7529 to register.
Rock the Barn
For all ages
7:30-10:30pm on Saturday, TBD for 2013
Yee-haw! This isn’t your grandparents’ barn dance; we’ll be two-steppin’ to modern country hits performed live by Back in the Saddle. Enjoy the music while you roast free hot dogs and s’mores over a roaring bonfire.
$5 per person (3 and under free); $20 maximum per family.
10-11am, Tuesdays, May 14-June 18, 2013
Bring your youngster to Willoughby Farm, where he or she can learn, explore, and play. Our farm and nature expert will lead activities for you to do as a family. Bring a picnic to enjoy after playtime.
Playtime is free
Heritage Day at Willoughby Farm -- CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER (posted May 2, 2013)
For all ages
11a-2p, Saturday, May 4, 2013
CARD is bringing the early 1900s to life during this event. See live demonstrations of weaving, quilt-making, wood working, leather working, and other heritage crafts. Visit our farm animals, hear live bluegrass music by Rural Rights Revival, and tour the restored farm house. Visitors celebrate the return of spring with free nature tours, scavenger hunts, tractor rides, and garden activities during this family-friendly event. We're roasting a big pig on-site so pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs will be available for purchase. See a live performance by the Thunder & Lightning Cloggers at 12:30pm. Admission is free.
2nd Annual Pack Walk for Dogs
For all ages + dogs welcome
10am - 2pm, Saturday, May 25
Willoughby Heritage Farm
What to expect at the 2nd Annual Pack Walk: Presentation by the Collinsville Police Department K-9 Unit, free training session with John Dahman from Cindy’s Critter Camp, pet photography opportunity from Jill Heupel Photography, grooming opportunity from Cindy’s Critter Camp, and be sure to enter the Doggie Costume Contest. Other vendors include Sunny Spot for Dogs with homemade dog treats, Camp Bow Wow doggie daycare and boarding, Dog Day Afternoon pet products, Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Hartz Animal Rescue Spay and Neuter Clinic, and Partners for Pets will be on-site for adoptions.
Wild Wonders Day Camp
9a-5p, Monday-Friday, June 10-14, 2013. Registration ends June 3.
Hands-on interaction with the out-of-doors is inspiring and encourages a healthy sense of self. This camp serves as a medium for children to connect with their surroundings and peers through activities such as building a fishing pole, fishing, hiking, completing science and art
projects, and playing games. The week will conclude with an afternoon at Splash City. Children will be responsible for bringing their outside voices and a lunch each day.
$175 / $150 with Benefit ID. Call 618-346-7529 to register.
Junior Gardener Training
9-10:30am, Monday and Wednesday, June 3-26, 2013. Registration ends May 28.
Hands-on gardening teaches kids where food comes from and how to grow their own. Students get outside to earn a certificate of achievement from University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.
$41 / $35 with Benefit ID. Call 618-346-7529 to register.
CARD Activity Center/Administrative Office: 8:30am-7pm, Monday-Thursday; 8:30a,-5pm, Friday; 9am-noon, Saturday
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