daily fitness goal to log 10,000 steps

Registration open for 8K Trail Race (June 3)

After our successful return in 2022, the eighth edition of the Lincoln Memorial Garden (LMG) 8K Trail
Race in Springfield, Illinois is scheduled to be held on Saturday June 3, 2023. Eight kilometers (4.97
miles) of trails – with the course entirely situated within the Garden – will test runners’ stamina over
the scenic trails and pathways of the historic Garden, along the trails next to Lake Springfield, and
throughout the Ostermeier Prairie Center grounds. And, not to be left out, the kids can enjoy a Fun
Run around the pond at the Cawley Meadow.

Registration site: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Springfield/LincolnMemorialGarden

Find full details on the event page


2022 Photo Contest Results

The results are in for Lincoln Memorial Garden’s 6th annual photography contest. Anne Scrivner’s “House Wren’s Breakfast” photograph was selected by Fall Harvest Festival attendees for the People’s Choice award. Nearly 250 photographs were submitted, including 40 photographs by youth 15 years of age and under. Professional photographers Dannyln Dodder, Chris Young and Tom Handy reviewed the images and selected a first-place winner for each age group and category (Celebrating Life at Lincoln Memorial Garden, Creatures, Botanicals and Landscapes). Winning entries are listed below, as well as some images the judges recognized with an honorable mention.



Botanical    George Rother “Trail Mushrooms”

Creatures     Jaxon Holdman “Bridge”

Landscape    Jayla McMurray (lake with pontoon)

LMG            Jaxon Holdman “Nana Birdwatching”


          Botanical       Reinee Hildebrandt (pink dogwood flowers)

Creatures     Anne Scrivner “House Wren’s Breakfast”

Landscape    Cindy Harris “Leafless Tree Mirror Image”

LMG            Traci Raper “Improved Aim”




Botanical    Emma Synder “Mayapples”

Creatures     Shal Shen (spider on web)

Alice Lieberman “Fawn Friend”

Landscape    Shal Shen (bridge)


          Botanical     Reinee Hildebrant (oxeye daisy dew)

Anne Scrivner (insect shadow)

Creatures     Kevin Coakley “Mallard Hen in Tree Cavity”

Kevin Coakley “Great Egret Fishing”

Landscape    Amanda Castleman “LMG After a Spring Rain”

Lindsey Batten “Winter Lake Landscape”

LMG            Abigail Rouse (tea party)

Fall Harvest Festival returns Oct. 8 & 9

We hope you will join in the fun on Saturday and Sunday, October
8 and 9, 2022, from 10AM to 4PM when Lincoln Memorial Garden’s highly
popular Fall Harvest Festival returns to Cawley Meadow. This year’s Festival will
be packed with old favorites as well as these new additions:

A fullyoperational Blacksmith demonstrates his techniques and wares
Willow weaving in the Nature’s Discovery area leads to the new “Bird’s
LMG History Tent displays the evolution of LMG and Mrs. Knudson’s
buckboard wagon
Tater Tots Rock takes the stage for families and younger attendees (10AM
Soybean Play joins the Corn Play and Hay Play discovery areas
Homemade fudge and cinnamon rolls sweeten the weekend
Springfield Art Association’s new Make Truck rolls into the Meadow
The newest Springfield Art Association/LMG troll, Aco, displays his giant

As in the past, admission remains $8 for each day with children 10 and under
FREE throughout the Festival. Your favorite vendors and food trucks will delight
while the family enjoys building fairy houses in the Fairy Woodlands, creating Tree
Trolls for the Troll Trail, or playing in the Nature’s Play area. Numerous education
opportunities and games will also take place throughout the meadow. For a
small fee, there will be stations for painting pumpkins, stuffing scarecrows, and
creating walking sticks. Attendees will have the chance to view the winning
entries of the annual LMG Photo Contest and cast their votes for the 2022
People’s Choice Award. Numerous photo backdrops will provide the perfect
scene to snap photos, and this year’s music lineup includes:

Saturday Oct. 8
Tater Tot Rocks Kids 1011:00
Joel Gragg Mixed 11:0012:30
Cactus Ranch Bluegrass 12:452:15
Kraig Kenning Americana 2:304:00

Sunday Oct. 9
Ben Bedford Folk 11:0012:30
Tom and Owen Irwin Americana 12:452:15
The Deep Hollow Americana 2:304:00

July 30 Family Night – Cancelled

Cancelled- We had a family night scheduled for this Friday, July 30 (listed in the most recent newsletter). This event will not take place. Stay tuned for detail on our August 27th program on white-tailed deer.

Ecology Camp 2021- All Sessions Full!

All 2021 Sessions of Ecology Camp are full. 

We would like to update all of our members and past camp participants on our plans for Ecology Camp 2021. Lincoln Memorial Garden will be hosting our popular summer camp this summer, however it will look a little different than past years.

  • All sessions will be half day only
  • Each sessions will be limited to 12 participants
  • All staff and participants will be required to wear masks

See complete details Here

Registration will open March 15 (members), March 18 (Nonmembers)




1 morning FULL

June 7-11

5, 6

1 Afternoon

June 7-11

5, 6

2 Morning (FULL)

June 14-18

5, 6, 7

2 Afternoon (FULL)

June 14-18

5, 6, 7

3 Morning (FULL)

June 21-25

6, 7, 8

3 Afternoon (FULL)

June 21-25

6, 7, 8

4 Morning (FULL)

June 28-July 2

8, 9, 10

4 Afternoon

June 28-July 2

8, 9, 10

5 Morning

July 12-16

9, 10, 11

5 Afternoon

July 12-16

9, 10, 11

6 Morning FULL

July 18-23

11, 12, 13

6 Afternoon

July 18-23

11, 12, 13

Winter Activity Kits Available

We are offering activity kits this winter season.  These kits make great gifts for the holidays.

  • Pine cone gnome ornaments
  • Wooden Frame Bird Feeder
  • Wood Cookie ornaments
  • Nature Explorer Kit
  • Walking Stick kit
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Bracelet
  • Water Cycle Bracelet

All kits are $10 each

See complete details at our online store

Kits are designed for ages 4-12, younger children will need supervision to complete most activities.  Older children may require some supervision for certain activities.  These kits do contain small parts

Vote for People’s Choice by Nov. 10

Vote for People’s Choice Winner by Nov. 10


More than 400 entries were received for the 2020 Images of Lincoln Memorial Garden Photo Contest. Thank you to all who participated! A panel of professional photographers judged the entries in the Youth (age 15 and younger) and Adult (16+) in four categories: Celebrating Life in the Garden, Landscape, Wildflowers, and Living Creatures.


Please vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice prize from the eight winning entries below.


Get your vote in by Nov. 10!

Winning entries will be announced on Facebook starting Nov. 12.

Follow us: https://www.facebook.com/lincolnmemorialgarden

Why I’m a Member

“A big reason for families to join is the programming and education. It is just outstanding. The camps, the junior naturalist programs, Audra [staff environmental educator]. I wouldn’t be surprised if our daughter Lucy will be a naturalist for her career! We all love the Garden.”


  • Megan DeFrain with husband Chad, daughters Lucy and Pheobe

We’re asking members of Lincoln Memorial Garden (LMG) why they value their membership, whether as an individual ($40), family ($75), senior ($30) or other level. We’d love to share your story to encourage more to join. Send a message via Facebook or write to joel@LincolnMemorialGarden.org.

In addition to exclusive member benefits—including discounts and reciprocal privileges to 330+ botanical gardens across the country—membership truly makes the Garden what it is today. The Garden receives no taxpayer funding to maintain its 100 acres, the mulched trails, bridges and buildings. Memberships and donations sustain the grounds, environmental programming and special events.

Already a member? THANK YOU!

Please consider giving a very unique gift to your friends and family this year—the yearlong gift of a Lincoln Memorial Garden membership. Learn more:  https://lincolnmemorialgarden.org/membership/