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Heartland EDventure Series

Heartland EDventures

Community Education’s EDventure Series offers exciting trips to regional events, shows and attractions to educate and enrich your life. Leave the planning and details to our knowledgeable escorts. Invite a friend or family member to join you for a memorable and carefree day. EDventures are designed for adults ages 18 and up, unless otherwise noted. Seats are limited. Make your reservations today.

ParkLands Foundation Family Day

Join an EDventure at the ParkLands Foundation Merwin Nature Preserve in McLean County. Local experts Don Schmidt and Don Meyer will offer current and historical narratives about land use in the Mackinaw River watershed. Enjoy a guided tour of restored savanna, prairie and forested areas along the river. Discover the beauty and biological diversity of plants and animals native to Central Illinois. Learn how to find art in nature. All ages welcome. Your trip includes transportation to and from the preserve, snacks and refreshments. Call Julie Elzanati at (309) 268-8166 for more details.

Sunday June 7, 2015, 12:30-5PM, McLean County
$10 (per person-no charge for children 14 and under, but they must register and be accompanied by a parent)
Online registration is not available for this program. Please call (309) 268-8160 to register.

Cubs vs. Cards

Experience first-hand one of the oldest rivalries in National League Baseball with a trip to see the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals. For this 7:15PM game we will arrive at Busch Stadium at 2PM and take a tour of the stadium. After the tour we will go across the street to the tour the Cardinal museum. Dinner is on your own so you can check out some of the dining establishments around the park. Your trip includes transportation to and from St. Louis, tour, game tickets and all gratuities. Sorry, no refunds after May 29 or due to weather delays or game cancellation.

Friday, June 26, 2015, 10:30AM-12Midnight, St. Louis
$135 per person
$120 early registration discount fee through 5/29

There's No Place Like Home II

What does The French Legion of Honor, the Pulitzer Prize and opera have in common? The answer is Dimmitt’s Grove. McLean County Museum of History Executive Director, Greg Koos, will take us on a walking tour of this nostalgic neighborhood as he discusses domestic architecture from 1854-1910. He will also talk about what it took to turn this neighborhood around. We will also enjoy a lunch at Anjou Above with a menu especially prepared for us. Your trip includes the tour, lunch and all gratuities. Sorry, no refunds after 6/11.

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11AM-2PM, Bloomington
$72
$65 early registration discount fee through 6/11

Local Food, Local Farms

Central Illinois has a booming local food movement. Experience three area farms through a tour & tasting! The progressive meal begins at Ropp Dairy Farm with a tour and cheese-tasting, next we travel to Epiphany Farms for a tour and our main course. To complete our meal we head to Champaign for gelato and a tour at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. Come hungry and experience the bounty of Central Illinois. Your trip includes all transportation, food, tours and gratuities. Sorry, no refunds after June 17.

Friday, July 17, 10:30AM-6PM, Bloomington
$104
$94 early registration discount fee through 6/17

Grapes, Grains & Stills

Evanston, IL was home of the Women’s Temperance Association that ushered in the era of Prohibition. 100 years later things have changed! Evanston is now home to breweries, wineries and spirits. We will start our day at the Farmhouse with a lunch accompanied with wine tasting. Then we will travel to Sketchbook Brewery for beer tasting and finish at FEW Spirits for a tasting of different spirits. Along the way we will learn what it takes to start and operate a craft beverage business and the different types of fermentation techniques. Your tour includes all transportation, lunch, all tastings and gratuities. Sorry, no refunds after August 18.

Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:30AM-7:30PM, Evanston
$182
$165 early registration discount fee through 8/18

Ghosts, Graveyards & Gangsters

Come with us if you dare! What is more fitting in October than visiting some of Chicago’s haunted sites? Ursula Bielski, host of PBS’ “The Hauntings of Chicago” and a recognized leading authority on the Chicago region’s ghostlore, will take us on a tour of some haunted spots in and around Chicago. Get ready to visit the sites of the 1893 World’s Fair, the Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes and Robinson Woods with its haunted Indian Cemetery. Lunch will be served at The Great Escape where Al Capone was known to be a regular customer. It was also a filming location for the Tom Mix shorts. Your trip includes all transportation, lunch and all gratuities. Sorry, no refunds after 9/23.

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:30AM-7PM, Chicago
$105
$95 early registration discount fee through 9/23

Christmas in Chicago

Chicago is a perfect place to enjoy everything about the holidays – decorations, snow and, of course, shopping. You can take in all three on our day in Chicago. Our first stop will be at the Museum of Science and Industry to see the Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light annual exhibit. Surrounding the 45-foot tree is a forest of more than 50 smaller trees beautifully decorated by Chicago’s ethnic communities. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a little snowfall as you walk around taking in traditional decorations from other cultures. Following the museum you will be dropped off at the German outdoor festival Christkindlmarket for an afternoon of shopping. Lunch will be on your own. Your day includes transportation to and from Chicago, museum entrance fee and gratuities. Sorry, no refunds after November 6.

Friday, December 4, 2015, 8AM-8PM, Chicago
$94
$85 early registration discount fee throug 11/6

Coming in April 2016 - Pacific Northwest & California

Heartland Community College is partnering with Collette Travel to bring you an even greater travel experience. Let Collette and Heartland do all the work. Spend eight days touring Seattle, Portland, Redwood National Park, Eureka, CA, and San Francisco. View the trip itinerary. Call Laurie Mueller at (309) 268-8160 for more details. Book through September 25, 2015 and save $100 per person.

We want to hear from you!

Is there a particular destination you have always wanted to visit? Would you like to receive advance information on destinations in Heartland’s new travel series as it becomes available? Contact the Community Education office at by phone at (309) 268-8160 or by email to add your name to the mailing list or share your suggestions and new ideas today!