Being stuck at home doesn’t mean self-improvement has to stop. Rend Lake College is bringing the classroom to you through the new Warrior Workshops initiative.

These workshops are free programming for the entire community. Volunteers and guest instructors will offer entertaining and educational presentations via Zoom that anyone can attend. RLC plans to run the workshops from now until July 31. RLC will continue to add to its list of programming as more people volunteer to present. Continue to check back for more workshops. Upcoming topics include archery, cask iron cooking, gardening, and many more.

Interested in conducting your own workshop? Community members are invited to share their knowledge, skills and talent with others. These topics could be geared towards kids, teenagers, adults, and families. And there is no set format for how you can present. It could be a demonstration, virtual field trip, interactive activity, lecture, etc. If you would like to contribute, email  and we will help get you set up with everything you need to conduct the workshop.


June 1-5

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Garden Tour with Flower Girls - Callie & Chris Lueking

10-11 a.m. Monday, June 1 via Zoom


Join Callie and Chris Lueking for a virtual tour of their flower garden and learn how to arrange your own beautiful, hand-picked bouquet. Join Callie Lueking and her mom, Chris, as they present a virtual tour of the Flower Girls' High Tunnel Greenhouse that has cut flower production along with vegetables. They'll be demonstrating a simple round arrangement, along with how to make a Fairy garden using succulents and sedum.

Callie became interested in the Lueking family floral business "Flower Girls" when she was a senior participating in the Jefferson County CEO program thru Rend Lake College. She designed wrapped bouquets as her business model and called it the “Callie Line” that she features at a local coffee shop and Farmer’s Market. The 19-year-old majored in Business at Kaskaskia College where she played Basketball and Softball for the Lady Angels. She helps with the marketing and coordinating wedding floral arrangements for the Flower Girls along with her mom and sisters, Kiara & Cassandra Lueking.

June 22-26

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Sodding A Lawn On A Budget

10 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25


Sod is the most expensive way to get the yard how you like it. But what if there's a way to do it in June and on a budget? In this Warrior Workshop, Rend Lake College Grounds Supervisor James Gray will show how to prep, cut and plant sod strips you take from your yard. After James walks you through it, ask questions for mission-critical advice from the pro.    

July 7-9

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Blastoff! Virtual Camp

9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 7-9. Launch date TBD

The deadline to register is June 22. 

Grades 4-7


Turn an ordinary summer into another adventure with this virtual science camp. Participants will build, decorate, and launch their own model rockets that reach heights up to 1000 feet. Live sessions will be held virtually to help participants with each step of the rocket building process. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to stimulate and educate young minds! Adult supervision is required during rocket building.


Estes Big Bertha Rocket - Available at the best price at Belleville Wholesale Hobby (link below)

Other supplies that are needed.

All-Purpose Glue (Elmer's type)

Wood Glue





Scotch Tape


Spray Paint for Decorating.

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