Outdoors Glance: Jan. 17, 2019

January 18, 2019 GMT

Adler Planetarium hosting total lunar eclipse viewing party

The Adler Planetarium will be hosting a viewing party from 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday at its building at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.

This weekend, the moon will take center stage with a total lunar eclipse across the Chicago area. Watch it dance with its home planet and take the lunar experience to the next level with outdoor observing and indoor activities that celebrate Earth’s celestial companion.

Adler’s astronomy team will have telescopes set up for free outdoor observing and portable heaters and hot cocoa (while supplies last).

The partial eclipse begins at 9:34 p.m., the total eclipse at 10:41 p.m., and totality ends at 11:43 p.m.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit adlerplanetarium.org/events/lunapalooza-jan-20. CTA buses end services to Museum Campus at 11:35 p.m., but the Adler will be providing a complimentary trolley service to public transportation at the conclusion of the event.

IDNR accepting applications for rails and trails programs

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced recently that applications will be accepted through March 14 for grants through the Recreational Trails Program, Off-Highway Vehicle and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs.

The Recreational Trails Program is a reimbursement grant program that provides 80 percent of project funding with a required 20 percent local match. This grant program is federally funded and is administered by the IDNR in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.

The primary purpose of the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreational Trails Program is to provide financial aid to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and other eligible groups or individuals to develop, operate, maintain and acquire land for OHV parks, trails and trail side facilities that are open and accessible to the public in Illinois, and to restore areas damaged by unauthorized OHV use.

The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program provides financial assistance to eligible local units of government to assist them with the acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public off-road, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities. Agencies that apply for projects that accommodate additional trail users, such as equestrians, will receive special consideration in the review of grant applications.

Applications must be submitted to the IDNR by 5 p.m. March 14. The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found online at illinois.gov/sites/gata/Pages/default.aspx.

For more information visit dnr.illinois.gov or call the IDNR Grants main line at 217-782-7481.