Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:30am-2:45pm Have you ever wanted to go through the locks on the Illinois River but have never had the chance or the boat to do it? Well, now you have both. Join us on the Spirit of Peoria, an authentic paddle wheeler, for this river adventure. Meet the Spirit of Peoria at the Starved Rock State Park Boat Ramp for boarding at 11:30am. While aboard you will enjoy a two entree Read More
Explore days gone by with pioneer crafts, a frontier skills workshop, an authentic medicine show, a petting zoo and stagecoach rides along with storytelling on Friday & Saturday nights. All of this part of the Lodge’s Pioneer Days Festival. Each activity is appropriate for all ages and will be on a pay as you go basis. Storytelling on Friday and Saturday nights is a free event. End the day on Sunday with a Chuck Wagon Read More
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “The Inside Story on Insects” August 28 3pm Not all insects are ‘icky’ but they sure are interesting. Join us for an introduction to the many native insects you’ll see while visiting Starved Rock State Park. Some of these friends may even be spotted in your own backyard or neighborhood. There will be a ‘make-&-take’ activity following your session. This program is appropriate for all ages but recommended for Read More
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “Flit, Flutter & Fly…All About Butterflies” August 7 3pm They are the friends in our garden and a delight to observe as they flit from flower to flower doing a very important job. Butterflies are a vital member of the nature cycle. Join us as we introduce you to the native butterflies of Illinois, their habitats and life cycles. You’ll learn how to attract butterflies to your own backyard. Read More
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “Hoo’s That I Hear…All About Owls” July 31 3pm Spend some time outdoors learning about a mysterious night time creature. Explore stories , legends and superstitions attributed to these fascinating nocturnal birds. Learn about their living habits, hear their calls, and try calling an owl yourself! Admission: Voluntary Donation
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “What’s the BUZZ About Bees?” July 17 3pm Many people question whether bees are friend or foe. Dr. Ed Bell will do his best to put our fears to rest and enlighten us about just how valuable bees are in our lives. You’ll be amazed at what a large roll these small creatures play in the ecosystem. Get up close with an active hive and learn AT LEAST ten Read More
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “Wild About Wildflowers” June 3 3pm Explore the vibrant colors and varied species of Wildflowers found at Starved Rock State Park. Starved Rock State Park is ‘in bloom’ all summer long. This introductory session will familiarize you with the wildflowers found during the summer season and learn about their growing patterns. There will be a ‘make-&-take’ activity following your session. This program is appropriate for all ages but recommended Read More
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “Wild Weather” June 19 3pm “If you don’t like the weather here in Illinois, just wait 15 minutes and it will change!” Meteorologist Spiros Koliopolous will help us learn more about weather patterns and some of the reasons behind Illinois’ wild weather. He’ll also share some strategies for severe weather preparedness. Each participant will have a chance make their own rain gauge! Admission: Voluntary Donation For information call 815-220-7386.
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – Falconry 3pm Certified Falconer, Rich Escutia will open 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 For information call 815-220-7386.
Wilderness Wednesday at Fox Ridge – “Zentangles” 3pm Learn to turn a “doodle” into a piece of art. Use doodling as a time for meditation, focus & creativity. Join Zentangle artist, Ellen Baranowski for an afternoon learning about the techniques and patterns to turn doodling into a rewarding process. No artistic experience or background is necessary and all ages are welcome. Admission: Voluntary Donation For information call 815-220-7386.