Falltober Fest at the “Rock”

Description:  Join park staff, volunteers, and park visitors for a fun filled day at Starved Rock State Park’s Falltober Fest 2023!  The day will kick off with a children’s program.  Starting at 10 visitors can take a fall color guided hike (registration online only starting at 8 a.m. 9/21/23), or stay indoors and enjoy a

Starved Rock Annual Photography Show

Description:  Starved Rock State Park would like to invite you to participate in the Annual Starved Rock Photography Show held every December at the Starved Rock Visitor Center.  Photographers can download the Entry Form below for further information including categories, size limitations, how to drop off entries, and more. Photographs can be submitted with completed entry

Fall Color Guided Hikes

Description:   Another way to partake in Falltober Fest at the park is to enjoy the splendor of fall foliage at Starved Rock State Park while learning all about the history, geology, and ecology such as “why do leaves change color in the fall?” by partaking in one of the guided hikes starting from the Visitor

Starved Rock Saplings Story Time-Going Batty!

Description:  We will be going batty at the park for Falltober Fest on October 21st.  Join us for a fun kids program that morning where we will read a storybook on bats, explore the different species of bats found in Illinois, and play a fun game about bats and their favorite food moths! Date:  Saturday, October

Incredible Bats Presents Animals from Around the World!

Description:  Falltober Fest will showcase several presenters at the Visitor Center including Sharon and Dave Peterson from Incredible Bats, Inc.  You will follow them on a journey through 6 continents with a chance to view mammals, reptiles, birds, and arthropods from each.  There will be opportunities to interact with several of the animals during the

Native American Ghost Stories by Brian “Fox” Ellis

  Description:  As autumn’s chill descends and summer ends, we will gather for a bone-chilling afternoon of monsters and mayhem, ghosts, and spirits from the world beyond.  There will be drumming songs and a chance to sing along!  Join storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis as he entertains and enthralls visitors with Native American ghost stories during Starved

Native American History of Starved Rock

Description: Gerald Savage known as “White Winnebago,” a member of the HoChunk Nation will give a presentation on the Native American history as it applies to the Starved Rock region.  Join us for a one of kind perspective into the areas Indigenous history. Date:  Sunday, October 8, 2023 Time:  1 p.m. Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor

Ghosts of Starved Rock’s Past

Description:  History comes to life at Starved Rock State Park for one night where visitors can listen to the sordid tales of those who have wandered this land before and after it became a state park.  Space is limited and registration opens at 8 a.m. on September 28, on Starved Rock Eventbrite (follow the link

Starved Rock Saplings-Oh Deer!

Description:  Oh Deer, it’s time for another Starved Rock Saplings Story Time at the park!  Join staff for a fun and educational program that will help little ones discover the world of white-tailed deer through a storybook, craft/activity, and a short hike to look for deer tracks and scat. Date:  Saturday, September 9, 2023 Time:  9:30

Art in the Park Workshop-Fall Session

Description:  Learn how to use watercolors in a fun, enjoyable, and relaxing atmosphere with Park Naturalist Lisa Sons.  The fall workshop will cover leaf watercolors in vibrant fall colors.  All supplies are purchased through donations given to the Starved Rock Foundation which is the Park’s not-for-profit friends group.  Donations are welcome from those who participate in