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.
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
Discover different species of the invasive Asian Carp and their distinguishing characteristics. Brennan Caputo, Natural Resources Coordinator for I.D.N.R., will discuss why they are such a problem and what the Department of Natural Resources is doing to control the movement and population of Asian Carp. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!
Join local author and Starved Rock Historian, Mark Walczynski, as he examines life at Starved Rock in 1712, an important year in Illinois Native American history. This program also examines the important role that the local Illinois Indians played in the Franco –Native American relations leading up to the infamous Fox Wars, one of the more turbulent periods in Illinois History. This event will take place at the Starved Rock Visitors Center!