Sunset Drum Circle

Join us at Fox Ridge for a Sunset Drum Circle will be performed by Dave Peterson. The event starts at 6:30pm.


Native American Flute Circle

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!


Wilderness Wednesdays!

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


Guided Winter Hikes

Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the Lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a “Starved Rock” backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon, the hike continues to Eagles Cliff and Lovers Leap for the best view of the majestic Eagles. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather Read More

breakfast with santa

Breakfast with Santa

Join the jolliest man, himself, as well as the Mrs. for a breakfast buffet right here at Starved Rock Lodge. Following breakfast, you’ll be treated to “Magic by Cory”. Also attending will be “Grace” a white tailed deer from the Furry Friends. Children may take turns sitting on Santa’s lap to tell him their Christmas wishes and receive a chocolate treat. Adults $13.50 Children 10 & under $9.95. Call 815-220-7386 for more information.


Christmas Trolley Lights Tour

Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas.  Let our staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy light displays in our fully enclosed trolley.  Our trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket.  Each tour will have a guide to get into the holiday spirit through some Christmas carols and songs. Tours run Read More

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 Lasting Legacy of Explorer Rene-Robert Cavalier Sieur de LaSalle in the Illinois Country

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!