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Get your Culture here: Five things to do outdoors in July 2023

A garden full of flowers and other tall green plants takes over most of the image. In the foreground is a stick painted yellow and green. In the background is a teal colored house with only the very top and roof line visible behind the plants.
Urbana Ambler Facebook

It’s July, which means my kids’ bedtimes keep getting later, I only know what day it is because of the farmers market, and there is nothing better than spending as much time as possible outside. Yes, sometimes the humidity and mosquitos make for less than ideal conditions, but in a few months when the sun is setting at 5 p.m. I know I’ll miss it. So for this edition of GYCH, we’re embracing all things outside. 

A grassy meadow on a sunny day features a group of woman in yoga pants and bright tops standing on Yoga mats.
Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Take an outdoor class

Once the temperature goes above 80 degrees I feel like I sweat enough walking from my car into the grocery store. But, some gentle yoga on the green grounds of the Allerton meadow, sounds like a lovely way to start my day. Summer yoga will be July 18th 9 to 10 a.m. Josie Heck from Yoga Off the Square will lead a class for all levels. The class is free but donations are encouraged. 

a field of leafy greens in rows with two people harvesting them. There are clear blue skies in the background.
Sola Gratia Farms Facebook

Amble around Urbana

On July 22nd and 23rd, Urbana Amble and Sola Gratia Farm are hosting a farm tour and garden walk to fundraise for the farm’s expansion. This will be a two-day event. The first day will include a tour of Sola Gratia’s new farm acreage at 4 p.m. and the chance to purchase a specialty mocktail by Katie Carillo. Day two will be mostly for visiting the art and gardens at various places throughout Urbana. You can get a map, wristbands, and more information at Sola Gratia’s booth at Urbana Market at the Square on Saturday morning. 

A flower arranging workshop outdoors. In the foreground, a white metal pitcher with red, pink, and white flowers in it sits on a table with a yellow lacy tablecloth. In the background are tables with people working to arrange flowers. There is a red barn in the background.
Delight Flower Farm on Facebook

Buy yourself flowers

Fresh flowers are one of the most wonderful things about summer. And this July, Delight Flower Farm is giving you two very fun ways to spend time with them and their flowers. Petals and Portraits will be July 22nd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will teach the basics of photography followed by a scavenger hunt through the farm to take your own beautiful flower portraits. Tickets are $40. Summer Soiree on July 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. will be a celebration with local art and food and drink vendors. You can also purchase tickets ($25) for a private sunset garden tour.

A man stands next to a dead tree with a chainsaw carving a face into the trunk.
Anita Purves Nature Center Facebook

Visit a wood spirit 

With the help of an Urbana Arts Grant, the Anita Purves Nature Center turned a dead tree into art. Tree-newal: Art within the Cycle of Life highlights the important part of the forest life cycle.

a field of large sunflowers under a blue sky with white wispy clouds.
Clearview Farms Facebook

Get some sun

Towards the end of the month, the first sunflowers should be popping up at Clearview Farms. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information. This enormous field is such a fun place to visit. There are multiple paths and a lot of great spots to take photos. Clearview also just announced that they will be planting over 20 native species and over 900 plants in the native pollinator garden that will be shaped like the state of Illinois, so it looks like next year we’ll have multiple reasons to visit.

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