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Upcoming Events

  • National Trails Day Celebration

    Description:  There is nothing better than stretching your hiking muscles and trekking the trails at Starved Rock State Park on National Trails Day!  Bring the family out to enjoy the canyons, overlooks, and canyon waterfalls along the trails and stop in at the Starved Rock Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and Noon to grab a fun “take along” activity on the trails, learn how you can help the park out while enjoying your hike, take a photo with Smoky the Bear and his friend Sadie the Starved Rock Eagle, and try your hand at a few nature themed games in our Eagle’s Roost Cabin.  Several organizations will be on hand with outdoor information, activities, and more including the IDNR, Conservation Police, US Army Corps of Engineers, Sierra Club, Canal Corridor Association, and the Starved Rock Lodge.

    Date: June 4, 2022

    Time:  9 a.m. to Noon, Guided Hikes at 10 a.m. (space is limited to 20 per hike.  First come-first served please).

    Location:  Starved Rock Visitor’s Center and the Eagle’s Roost Cabin

    Registration required:  No

  • Birds of Prey on Display

    Description:  Rich Escutia will be giving birds of prey shows with his hawks and falcons outside of the Eagle Roost Cabin along the trail behind the Starved Rock Visitor Center.  Program presenters like Rich are paid through the Starved Rock Foundation, the park’s non for profit friends group.  The program is FREE but donations are welcome inside of the Starved Rock Visitor at the Foundation’s donation boxes.

    Dates:  May 15th, June 18th, 19th, July 16th, 17th, August 13th, 14th, and September 11th, and 12th, 2022

    Time:  1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location:  Starved Rock Visitor’s Center

    Registration required:  No

  • Flights of Fancy -Bird Photography Show

    Description:  Bird Photography Exhibit Open to the Public May 1st- June 5th.  Silent auction starting Saturday, May 21st and ending on June 5th.  

    Join us for a photographer’s reception and the end of the silent auction on Sunday, June 5th from 11-3 at the Starved Rock Visitor Center.  25% of each sale will go to the Starved Rock Foundation as a donation to aide repairs needed for the currently inoperable movie theater at the Starved Rock Visitor Center.

    Date:  May 1 thru June 5th, 2022

    Location:  Starved Rock Visitor’s Center


2022 Events








  • July 16th & 17th, Falconry with Rick Escutia (live birds of prey) outside program
  • July 30th, Junior Ranger Day


  • August 13th & 14th, Falconry with Rich Escutia (live birds of prey) outside program