JUST ANNOUNCED!! – Summer 2013 MEGA Hike! Saturday, July 13, 2012 Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons at Starved Rock State Park? Well now you can do it in one day. Or Mega Hike leaves the Lodge at 8:30a.m. Expected time for lunch is 1:00. Finish time is approximately 4:30. Hikers will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where 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 – “Getting to Know our Furry Friends”… Education Program & Petting Zoo. Join us on August 21 at 3pm. There’s nothing like a chance to snuggle with an animal considered not to be so snuggly. Deb Moreland, of Furry Friends, will present a program on characteristics and living habits of some familiar and not-so-familiar animal friends. After the program, participants will have a chance to get up close and personal with a skunk, prairie 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.