Starved Rock Foundation

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. "

Margaret Mead

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About the Starved Rock Foundation

The Starved Rock Foundation is based out of the Visitor's Center at Starved Rock State Park. It is a volunteer-run organization. Without it, the Visitor's Center, guided hikes, and programs could not happen. The Foundation filled in some major gaps when park interpreter, Toby Miller, retired at the end of 2008 and was not replaced until the end of 2013 with Natural Resources Coordinator Jolyn Wise.




The Foundation was formed in the early 1990s and was comprised mostly of naturalists and teachers who wanted to ensure the preservation and quality of the park. Its focus was of enhancement to the park. The State of Illinois was unable to provide adequat personnel for the brand new visitor's center and the Foundation came to the rescue. It operates the 100% volunteer run LeRocher Book Store in the Visitor Center which is its main source of income, assists in the staffing at the information desk, and provides programming and equipment for the Park Visitor's Center. It goes to show how a grass-roots organization can really make a difference! To date the Foundation has donated over $200,000 of programs and equipment to the Park.



How to Join the Foundation

We welcome your membership. Membership is open to all groups. You can either pick up an application at the Starved Rock Visitors Center or download an Application Form.



Benefits to being a member:

Many of the benefits of being a member in an organization cannot be listed or described since they are internal and spiritual. Each person makes their own joy out of participating in their own way. Here are some items we can list though.

  • networking with like-interested people
  • opportunities to learn about park interpretation
  • annual recognition
  • annual holiday party