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Cross Country Ski Weekend

Cross-Country Ski Weekend February 6-7, 2016 9am & 1pm Meet at the Matthiessen State Park Dells Area for basic cross-country ski instruction at 9am and 1pm each day. Ski rentals available. No snow? Join us for guided hikes through Matthiessen State Park. Please call (815) 667-4726 for questions.

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Starved Rock Photography Club

4th Saturday of each month 9am-Starved Rock Lodge Parking Lot Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality Read More

MEGAHIKERS SPRING 2013

Spring MegaHike

April 23 & 24, 2016 8:30am-4:30pm 9am-5pm 9:30am-5:30pm $37/person Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9:00 & 9:30am both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00, 1:30 & 2:00m. Finish times are approximately 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30pm. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end Read More

SLIDER WINTER FUN

Winter MegaHike

Join us for this first ever, Winter MegaHike. To participate in this event, you MUST have some sort of additional traction for your footwear, such as Yak-trax or Katoohlas. The terrain is expected to be extremely icy. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Hike will leave the Lodge at 8:30am both days. You will hike Read More

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Earth Day Hike

Celebrate Mother Nature at Starved Rock! Join the park naturalist for a hike to the top of Starved Rock and into French Canyon. Learn about the history and geology of Starved Rock State Park. Meet at the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m.  Hike lasts 1.5 hours.

OWL PROWL WEEKEND 2014

Owl Prowl 2016 (3/13)

Owl Prowl Weekend March 11, 12 & 13 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Steve Bailey, an ornithologist, will be here for Owl Programs and Owl Walks. Programs are at 6:00 pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8:00 pm. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 & under. Everyone should plan Read More

OWL PROWL WEEKEND 2014

Owl Prowl 2016 (3/12)

Owl Prowl Weekend March 11, 12 & 13 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Steve Bailey, an ornithologist, will be here for Owl Programs and Owl Walks. Programs are at 6:00 pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8:00 pm. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 & under. Everyone should plan Read More

OWL PROWL WEEKEND 2014

Owl Prowl 2016 (3/11)

Owl Prowl Weekend March 11, 12 & 13 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 $10/adults $7/children 10 & under Steve Bailey, an ornithologist, will be here for Owl Programs and Owl Walks. Programs are at 6:00 pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8:00 pm. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 & under. Everyone should plan Read More

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Yoga & Hiking Day

$20/person Session A – 9am – 12:30pm Session B – 11am – 2:30pm Session C – 1pm – 4:30pm Join Matt Hancock for a 75 minute power yoga class in the Great Hall. Matt is the owner of Hammer’s Energy Fitness and teacher of yoga and Fitness in LaSalle. Take a half hour break before beginning a 3 mile round trip hike to picturesque St. Louis Canyon. For the Yoga/Fitness session, bring your own yoga mat, towel and Read More

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Autumn Migratory Bird Hike

Join the park naturalist and local bird expert, Tom Williams, as we hike to seek out resident birds and greet our fall migrators. Bring your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Hike will leave from the Starved Rock Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. Hike lasts two hours.