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.


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!


Patsy Cline Evening Show

Mary Pfeifer has a voice that will take you back to the days of Patsy Cline.  From Patsy’s first recordings in 1955 to her last in 1963, she covers her famous hits such as Crazy and Walking After Midnight.  Evening Show included: wine tasting, dinner buffet and show.  We will begin check in and wine tasting at 5:00pm in the Great Hall of the Lodge.  Overnight packages available. $37.00 per person. Call 815-220-7386 for reservations! 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 Lights Trolley Tour

December 12-23 6-8pm $15/person 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 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!

Maple Syruping at Starved Rock Visitors Center

How many gallons of tree sap does it take to make just one gallon of syrup? You’ll learn the answer to that question and much more! Join former summer interpreter Lisa Sons as she discusses the history behind how Native Americans turned tree sap into syrup! This event is at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!