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Evening Under the Stars – Sky Tour & Astronomy Event

Friday, August 1, 2014 8:30pm-10:00pm Starved Rock State Park Campground *Sponsored by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, Starved Rock State Park & Twin City Astronomers Enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring the night sky with the Twin City Astronomers Club. This family friendly evening will involve taking a laser-guided sky tour and using telescopes to view planets and other celestial wonders. *Weather Permitting* For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 815-667-4906

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Nature Education Program – Falconry

3pm Fox Ridge Join us at Fox Ridge as Rich Escutia opens our eyes to the art and science of falconry.  Rich will be bringing along his hawks to help inform and demonstrate how these magnificent birds survive. This is a great opportunity to get a little closer to a bird of prey and admire its beauty and skill. Admission: Voluntary Donation

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Wilderness Wednesday

Wilderness Wednesday take place every Wednesday at 3:00 pm from June 17 –August 12. Join the fun at FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge)! This weekly nature education program is suited for all ages. Each week, a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world Read More

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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

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Spring Migratory Bird Hike from Starved Rock Visitor Center

Head out to Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30am for an early morning bird hike to the top of Starved Rock and along the Campanula Trail.  We will seek out our resident birds and greet our spring migrators.  Meet in the Starved Rock Visitor Center lobby at 7:30 a.m.  Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide.  No binoculars?  No problem!  We’ll loan you a pair!  Remember, hike will Read More

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Kid’s Corner

Hey kids! Looking for fun and facts to help plan your visit to Starved Rock State Park? You have come to the right place. Explore our fun online resources & get to Starved Rock for endless activities & Educational Programs. The information below is provided thanks to the Illinois Natural History Survey, a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. UPCOMING EVENTS Search for Read More

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Activities

“We’re like the History Channel meets National Geographic,” said a recent hiker! And, we have to agree! Starved Rock State Park & Lodge is the best getaway in Illinois if you enjoy hiking, outdoor adventure, history and architectural landmarks. We have year ’round guided hikes, trolley tours, shopping, special events, educational programs, park activities and a variety of other fun things to do.   Calendar of Events »

Lodge & Park History

In 1835, Daniel Hitt purchased the land that is today occupied by Starved Rock State Park from the United States Government, as compensation for his tenure in the U.S. Army. He sold the land in 1890 to Ferdinand Walther for $15,000. Recognizing the potential for developing the land as a resort, Walther constructed the Starved Rock Hotel and a natural pool near the base of Starved Rock, as well as a concession stand and dance Read More