National Get Outdoors Day

Join us to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day! We are partnering with the Wildlife Discovery Center to bring wild life, the Waukegan Park District for Arts in the Park, the Waukegan Public Library, and Lake County Nature Network. Other activities include Rally Tennis, Drumming in Nature, Walk the Trails, Fishing, and Casting. We will have a limited number of fishing rods available. If you have one, please bring it with you. 

Fast Eddies will be selling Chicago style hot dogs and other snacks. 

Bevier Park - 2255 W Yorkhouse Rd, Waukegan, IL 60087
For questions contact us at 224-877-1067 


CLE Chronicles: Adventures in Learning - Winter Newletter

We are excited to present the 2nd installment of our CLE Chronicles: Adventures in Learning - Winter Newsletter

CLE President's Day - Great Backyard Bird Count

February 19:  CLE Day/President's Day - Great Backyard Bird Count
Our CLE Day will include an opportunity for students and families to take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.  People of all ages count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count each year.  This year's GBBC will be held from February 16-19, 2018. 
CLE will host a Counting Activity on February 19th and we'll have an opportunity to learn about birds who winter in Illinois.
GBBC was the first online citizen science project and data collected and reported to Cornell University will be used to tell scientists and researchers much about existing bird populations.  Take part in the fun and help share important information about birds in our region!


Fall & Winter Indoor Tennis continues.  
Students are receiving tennis instructions through the CLE program at the Marriott Lincolnshire tennis courts in Lincolnshire, IL. We'relearning a variety of valuable lessons from the sport of tennis and having some great fun.  This is made possible by a partnership with the U.S. Tennis Association Midwest Section, individual donors, and local business. Students receiving tennis instruction from professional coaches for 1.5 hours each Sunday evening through May.
January 15, 2018: Martin Luther King - CLE Day of Service
January 3-5, 2018: CLE Days/Winter Break
Saturday, December 2, 2017:  Our first Parents and Partners Game Night. 

Amidst all of the holiday hustle and bustle, we held our first Game Night. We had a great turnout and fun was had by all.|
October 22:  Fall & Winter Indoor Tennis  Program Launch
October 9:  CLE Columbus Day with Seed Collection & Playdate in Nature at Forest Preserves

CLE Chronicles: Adventures in Learning Fall Newsletter

Hope you all received the 1st installment of our CLE Chronicles:  Adventures in Learning Fall NewsletterWe're currently working on the Winter Newsletter which should be out sometime in March of this year. These editions will share noteworthy information and photos from recent events, and also include a calendar of upcoming events.

* Look for more information on CLE activities and events on our Calendar.


March 26-30:  Spring Break
April 28:  CLE Day - Spring Gathering
Families Registering and Staff/Volunteers Prepping for Cool Summer Experience 2018

Thankful Thoughts...

"Be present in all things and thankful for all things." - Maya Angelou
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." - Native American saying
"But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together.
I think that's what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown." - Marcy from Peanuts
"An attitude of gratitude brings great things." - Yogi Bhajan
"I am grateful for what I am and have.  My thanksgiving is perpetual." - Henry David Thoreau
"Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot." - Hausa Proverb
"For the cricket hiding when he serenades us to sleep, Gracias/Thanks - from the book Gracias Thanks, by Pat Mora
"The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness." - Dalai Lama
"A thankful heart is not only the
greatest virtue but the parent of all other virtues". - Cicero
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." -A.A. Milne


CPMP Mentor/Mentee Reunion October 7, 2017

The first CPMP (Career Pathways My Pathway) reunion lunch was attended by over 50 students, their families and mentors and was a great opportunity to reconnect. The lunch focused on goal setting, an important soft skill, and was used to introduce mentors to mentee families. CPMP continues to evolve with the launch of "Talking the Wauk.", a community-based project spearheaded by students and their mentors.