Category Archives: Current Events

Events and happenings at Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center

Buck Schroth Trail – Hepatica Hill

Hepatica Hill is Stunning ~ At least among close friends and family, the first bluff overlooking the Sangamon River on the Buck Shroth Trail is known as Hepatica Hill. It is a great place to sit against a tree amidst … Continue reading

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Full Moon Hike, February 22, 2016

Today we leap into March, 2016, with the extra day added to our calendar to catch up with lost time. Something like that – condensed into Third Grade  (or lower) understanding of the added day every four years. How nice … Continue reading

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What’s burning at The Park?

WWHHOOOFFF. It’s the unmistakable sound of something explosive about to set afire. Looking backward, it looked like the usual smoke drifting from the wood burning furnace behind the maintenance shed. When another wwwhoooofff  set off gray smoke, it was obviously … Continue reading

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Winter Tree Identification – January 23, 2016

It was an interested and enthusiastic group of nearly 23 who braved the cold for a three hour hike lead by Nate Beccue, Allerton Park’s Director of Natural Areas (anything that isn’t the House or formal gardens). By the end … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Memo

The Peony Garden bloomed at its peak shortly before the Memorial Day weekend. Holiday visitors expressed mild disappointment at the faded flowers, but still found the Allerton experience as magnificent and memorable as ever. Sunday’s crowd held many familiar, but … Continue reading

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Amenia Elevator Destroyed by Fire – April 15th

Amenia Elevator burned to the ground this week. Wednesday morning, April 15th (Tax Day). About 11:00 AM, while walking home from the Park, the first smoke blowing across the fields seemed like a grass fire. The wind speed was quite … Continue reading

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Many Reasons to Visit The Park

Mild weather and lack of snow have created ideal hiking conditions at The Park this winter. Woodpeckers, big and small, zig zag through the tall trees. An experienced birder can identify woodpecker by his drumming. The Pileated Woodpecker is easily … Continue reading

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Conclusions from a Historical Perspective

What then are conclusions that can be drawn from a historical perspective? The University was poorly prepared to run a public Park. Lacking a cohesive plan for Allerton Park and House, the management and reporting structure for the Park and … Continue reading

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Meet and Greet and the Master Plan – October 7, 2014

On October 7, 2014, the University of Illinois, Allerton Park and House and Ratio Architects hosted an open house/ meet and greet for the general public.  The preliminary draft of the Master Plan for the future for Allerton Park and … Continue reading

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The Blog is Back after Six Month Hiatus

  Blog is back after a six month hiatus. Much has been simmering on the back burner during this recess and recent Park events stir more into the mix. When the hiatus began, the following post about Bessie White was … Continue reading

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