How did native peoples survive comfortably and with ease from what they gathered and made in the wild? Well, it’s time to find out and go native! Make rope from local plants. Practice hunting with the oldest technique known to humankind. Craft a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire by friction! See many reproducible tool demonstrations like traps, snares, the hand drill, and native bowls, as well as getting shelter ideas. Read More
Anyone can see tracks in wet soil and snow, but where do they go when they seemingly disappear in to the forest? Get the skills to see tracks and follow trails in the woods others simply cannot see! Learn how to read what an animal is doing – and thinking – from their tracks alone. Discover how and why tracking goes way beyond footprints. Know why people get lost in the woods and how not Read More
Move to the beat with local musician Dave Peterson as he leads an interactive drum circle featuring African Percussion and Native American flutes. It’s an experience for all ages and ability levels. An energetic and fun way to create “in the moment” music with percussion instruments. Drums provided! This event will take place outside at Fox Ridge!
Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, snakes, falconry and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Programs will run from 3-4pm outside at Fox Ridge. Wednesday June 17 – Falconry Wednesday June 24 – Geology Wednesday July 1 – TBD Wednesday July 8 – Petting Zoo Wednesday July 15 Read More
Meet Andre’ St. Pierre, 18th Century French – Indian fur trader. History has never been so much fun! Andre will present an entertaining and educational look at the French fur traders and the native tribes they lived and worked with. Andre’ is a character developed by Andy Talley. He has delighted and educated audiences throughout the Midwest with his portrayal of our fur trade era. This event will be held at the Starved Rock Visitors Read More
Skunks, turtles, and owls, oh my! Get up close and personal with these native critters, and many more. See what makes them so absolutely amazing! Live animals! This event will be held at Starved Rock Visitors Center!
Saving Our American Raptors will be on hand with live birds of prey! See birds of prey such as falcons, owls, and hawks up-close, and learn about the impressive adaptations and behaviors of these remarkable birds. This event will be held at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!
Mark Walczynski, local author and Starved Rock Historian, will examine the role of the French explorer LaSalle and how his vision of a French commercial empire in the 17th century is alive and well today. Learn about our state’s fabulous history and how the aspirations of La Salle set the template that became reality in the 20th century. This event will be held at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!
How many gallons of tree sap does it take to make just one gallon of syrup? You’ll learn the answer to that question and much more! Join former summer interpreter Lisa Sons as she discusses the history behind how Native Americans turned tree sap into syrup! This event is at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!