Short Stories to Tall Tales: a Fur Trade Adventure at Starved Rock Visitors Center

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

Wildlife Prairie Park Presents “Amazing Animals” at Starved Rock Visitors Center

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!

Birds of Prey Live! at the 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!

The Geology of the Illinois Basin – 500 Million Years of Geological History in Starved Rock Country

Join Geologist, Joe Jackupack, as he discusses the rich geologic history of the Starved Rock area. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

Invasion of the Flying Fish at the Starved Rock Visitors Center

Discover different species of the invasive Asian Carp and their distinguishing characteristics. Brennan Caputo, Natural Resources Coordinator for I.D.N.R., will discuss why they are such a problem and what the Department of Natural Resources is doing to control the movement and population of Asian Carp. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

Starved Rock in 1712 at the Starved Rock Visitors Center

Join local author and Starved Rock Historian, Mark Walczynski, as he examines life at Starved Rock in 1712, an important year in Illinois Native American history. This program also examines the important role that the local Illinois Indians played in the Franco –Native American relations leading up to the infamous Fox Wars, one of the more turbulent periods in Illinois History. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

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Winter Drum Circle at the Starved Rock Visitors Center

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 at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!

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Historic Trolley Tours
(M-Fri 3pm Departure)

March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through Read More

oct 15

Fall Colors Weekend 2016

Have you ever wondered how or why leaves change color? Join the Starved Rock guides as they hike to overlooks and canyons throughout Starved Rock State Park to enjoy the amazing colors of fall. Learn basic tree identification, how leaves change color, and all about the history and geology of Starved Rock! Free guided hikes to see the spectacular colors of Fall. Hikes leave the State Park’s Visitor Center at 9:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.

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Art in the Park

Starved Rock Lodge’s Art in the Park Exhibit is the largest collection of chainsaw woodcarvings in the Midwest. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the large Native American Indian head in front of the Lodge – entitled Chief Walks with the Wind. This carving is a tribute to honor Same Sine. Sam (Chief Walks with the Wind) and his family shared Native American stories and cultural programs at the lodge for nearly 50 years. For Read More