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Bamboo-Our Museum Mascot! 

Meet Bamboo, the Exploration Station's cuddly panda mascot.  This cuddly panda bear is a favorite of area children.  Not only does Bamboo visit the children's museum, but he also attends all kinds of events in the area.  He is famous for showing up at schools, parties, parades, festivals, concerts, and fairs.

Bamboo is cuddly and fun to hug, and he is the Exploration Station's mascot thanks to area children.  In October 1989, the Exploration Station...a children's museum let area school children choose a mascot from several photographs of animals.  The panda won, and a friend was born. 

Archit Shah, 11, of Bourbonnais, submitted the winning name of Bamboo.  Then a seventh-grader at Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center, Archit received a panda T-shirt as a prize. Over 20 years later, Bamboo is still the children's favorite cuddly pal.  Wherever he goes, it is certain that little children will flock to him for hugs.  Bamboo loves to play, dance, and start games of follow-the-leader and "Bamboo Says". 

Although he is mischievous, Bamboo also cares for his young friends.  It is no surprise that the children love him so much. Exploration Station...a children's museum is proud to be the home of this zany panda bear!

Take a look at Bamboo's own personal photo album below. Click on the picture to print a larger version you can color! Then, you can draw in your own backgrounds and other objects, too!

(If you just want to view the larger picture, tap the Esc key or click Cancel to cancel the pop-up print window. The left and right arrows on the pop-up page let you scroll to the next and previous large images if you want to without returning here.)

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Fishing piers at the Willowhaven Park are closed until further notice.

Looking for a Field Trip Location this fall? Check out the Willowhaven Park Nature Center's new Field Trip Guide!

Hamilton tickets are currently sold out !  Participants interested on getting on the waitlist can contact the district office at (815) 933-9905 ext 2 and get signed up at no charge to be on the waitlist. If tickets would become available, park district staff would contact participants from the waitlist to stop in and pay for tickets and to complete the registration process as spots open up.

Update: We will be hosting our Euchre Party 55+ program every Thursday at the Bourbonnais Municipal Center from 12-2:45 pm. Program is $2 / residents receive a $1 discount and pre-registration is not required.

Here isthe Herald news article about our OSLAD grant for Willowhaven Park and Nature Center.