Wilderness Wednesday

8637 FOX RIDGE PAM & CROWD HIGH RES

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wilderness Wednesday take place every Wednesday at 3:00 pm from June 4 –August 27. Join the fun at FOX RIDGE (located directly across from the main steps of Starved Rock Lodge)! This weekly nature education program is suited for all ages. Each week, a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. In the event of inclement weather, Wilderness Wednesday activities will be cancelled. For more information call 815-220-7386.

Upcoming 2014 Wilderness Wednesday Topics:

July 2 – Rockin’ with Geology Joe
So just how did those overlooks on the Illinois River form? How much water did it really take to carve out the canyons of Starved Rock State Park? Join us as we explore the long past and the present learning about the geological history of Illinois and our valuable river valley.  Our resident expert will share rock samples and interesting facts about what is beneath our feet and above our heads.
There will be a ‘make-&-take’ activity following your session.
This program is appropriate for all ages but recommended for ages 8 to adult.
Admission: Voluntary Donation

July 9 – The Inside Story on Insects
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 ages 8 to adult.
Admission: Voluntary Donation

July 16 – What’s the BUZZ about Bees?
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 role these small creatures play in the ecosystem. Get up close with an active hive and learn AT LEAST ten new facts about bees!
Admission: Voluntary Donation

July 23- The Art & Science of Falconry
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

July 30 – The Art & Science of Falconry
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

August 6 – Flit, Flutter & Fly: All About Butterflies
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.
There will be a ‘make-&-take’ activity following your session.  This program is appropriate for all ages but recommended for ages 8 to adult.
Admission: Voluntary Donation

August 13 – The Art & Science of Falconry
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

August 20 – Snakes, Alive!
Join a local herpetologist as he lets you get up close with some snakes found right here in Illinois. Learn about their habitat, eating habits and other survival behaviors. Live Snakes. This program is appropriate for all ages but recommended for ages 8 to adult.
Admission: Voluntary Donation

August 27 – Getting to Know Our Furry Friends
There’s nothing like a chance to snuggle with an animal considered not 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 dog, rabbit, miniature horse and more.
Admission: Voluntary Donation