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Upcoming Programs at Dickson Mounds Museum
The following programs are being held at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown in December. For more information, call 309-547-3721.
Tot Time
Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends. A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Registration is not required, and admission is free. Participants will enjoy light refreshments. The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the program portion lasting approximately 30 minutes followed by crafts, snacks and time to explore the Museum. This program series is sponsored by the City of Lewistown, Havana National Bank, G-M Mechanical of Canton and Doug Dennis of Manito. The December 7 topic is, “Hugo's Coming to Tot Time,” presented by Mike Anderson.
Hickory Ridge Concert Series
For more than 20 years, people have gathered at Dickson Mounds on the third Saturday of every month for an evening of musical entertainment. Hosted by Chris Vallillo, an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, the series features roots/folk music and other genres offered by a talented variety of performers. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., and there is an $8 fee for adults and $5 fee for youngsters. 
Wonderful Waterfowl
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us at the Museum to learn about the different ducks, geese and swans at the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge. View live ducks and learn about current research conducted by Forbes Biological Station. Kids ages fifteen and under may participate in a Youth Duck Call Contest. Afterwards, participants may journey with a refuge ranger to view wildlife at the South Globe parking lot. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use. Participants should dress appropriately for this outdoor activity. This program is provided in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex and Forbes Biological Station. Registration is required. Call 309-535-2290 or email to register or for more information. All ages are welcome. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Wild Illinois History Leads Students on a Journey to Learn About History and Wildlife Conservation
The IDNR is offering a "virtual" trip for late-elementary schoolteachers, students and their parents. With a few mouse clicks, students can journey back to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory when voyageurs and Native Americans hunted the prairies, forests and rivers. Wild Illinois History helps students in grades three through five focus on early French exploration, along with river and settlement geography. Students can learn how wildlife helped Native Americans and early settlers survive. They also can see how wildlife is a part of our lives today. A fictional French trapper in the 18th century Illinois Territory leads students on the trip. Brief story-telling slideshows are mixed with fun, interactive activities. For teachers, Wild Illinois History offers lesson plans, activities, photos, posters and correlations to Illinois Learning Standards. Try it out at

Youth Hunting Information

Youth Waterfowl Season Information - Click this link for information about youth waterfowl season dates, times and license requirements.

Fishing Information

I Fish Illinois Web page.

2017 Illinois Fishing Information and Regulations
Effective April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (English) (Spanish)