Starved Rock Foundation

Geared towards Families However some programs are more adult orientated*

Sunday Programs 2017

Most Programs start at 1:30 pm and will last approximately 1 hour.

Programs are FREE to the public!

JANUARY 2017

Jan 1st - Sunday - America's State Parks 1st Hike

Meet at the VC at 1pm to take the 1st hike of the year to Starved Rock & French Canyon!!

Jan 21st & 22nd - Winter Wilderness Weekend

Guided hikes leave the VC at 9am & 1pm to view frozen waterfalls and experience the winter woods.

Jan 28th & 29th - Eagle Watch Weekend

Eagle viewing from the sea wall, top of the Rock & Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.Birds of Prey shows at the lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and our Visitor Center.

February 2017

Feb 4th & 5th - Cross Country Ski Weekend

Meet at Matthiessen State Park Dells Area for basic cross-country ski instruction at 9 am or 1pm both days. Ski rentals are available. No Snow? Join us for guided hikes instead through Starved Rock!

Feb 12th - Winter Drum Circle "Roots Of Rhythm"

Come and join percussionist Dave Peterson in an interactive drum circle! Native American flutes will also be featured. Drums are provided for your participation! 1:30pm

Feb 19th- Native Americans of the Starved Rock Area Historic Tribes*

Historian & author Mark Walczynski will examine the history, culture, population and location of village sites of Indian Tribes who lived in the Starved Rock area between 1673 and 1832. 1:30 pm

March 2017

March 12th - Irish Storytelling with Bill Myers - 1:30pm

March 17th - Live Hawks -1:30pm

Rich Escuitia and his hawks have an amazing program about Falconary that will enlight & delight all who come! 1:30pm

April 2017

April 8th - Birds of Prey Live!

Saving our American Raptors "SOAR" will be here with falcons, owls and hawks! Learn about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds of prey. 1:30pm

April 22nd - Earth Day Hike 11am

Celebrate Mother Nature at Starved Rock! Join the park naturalist for a hike to the top of Starved Rock and into French Canyon. Learn about the history and geology of the Park. 11am

April 23rd - Wildlife Prarie Park presents "Amazing Animals"

!Skunks, turtles and owls, Oh My! Get up close and personal with these native critters and many more and see what makes them so amazing. 1:30pm

April 29th & 30th Spring Wildflower Weekend

Volunteer guided hikes will leave the Visitor Center at 9am & 1pm both days in search of our spring treasures. Waterfalls should be flowing!

 

 

 

May 2017

May 6th - Spring Migratory Bird Hike

Join the Park Naturalist and Tom Williams local bird expert, to seek resident birds and greet spring migrators. Bring binoculars and meet at VC at 7:30am; hike will last 2 hours.

May 21st - Wildlife Prarie Park presents "Reptiles & Amphibians"

Join Wildlife Prairie Park staff and a few of their reptilian friends such as turtles, snakes and salamanders for a family fun program. 1:30pm

May 25th/SATURDAY - Live Birds of Prey

SOAR/Saving Our American Raptors will be bringing an owl, eagle & hawk so you may see them up close and learn about their amazing behavors and adaptations at 11am or 1pm.

JUNE 2017

June 3rd - National Trails Day

Celebrate the day with the Park Naturalist! Hike to the top of Starved Rock and into the bottom of French Canyon. Learn about the history and the geology of the Park. Meet at the VC at 10am . Hike lasts about 2 hrs

June 24th - CANCELLED - Kayaking 101

Unfortunately due to the departure of our Natural Resource Coordinator this program has been cancelled.

 

September 2017

September 2nd - Birds of Prey Live!

SOAR: Save Our American Raptors will be on hand with falcons, owls, and hawks! See these remarkable birds up close and learn about their impressive adaptions and behaviors.. Programs start at 11am & 1pm.

September 16th - Autumn Migratory Bird Hike

Join the Park Naturalist and Tom Williams local bird expert, to seek resident birds and greet fall migrators. Bring binoculars and meet at VC at 8am; hike lasts 2 hours.

october 2017

October 21st & 22nd - Fall Colors Weekend

Join the Starved Rock guides as we hike to overlooks and canyons to view spectacular colors and learn about the geology & history of the Park. Hikes leave at 9am.

October 28th - Creatures of the Night

SOAR: Save Our American Raptors will have several species of owls native to Illinois See these remarkable birds up close! Programs start at 11am & 1pm

October 28th - Halloween Fun Festivities

Luminary lit trail hikes to the top of Starved Rock at 5 & 6pm. Crafts for kids in the cabin next to the VC from 5-7pm. Halloween storytelling with bill Myers starts at 7pm.

December 2017

December 30 - Holiday & Winter Tales with Storyteller Bill Myers at 1:30pm