Life as a 18th Century Fur Trader

Description:  Living history actor and storyteller Kevin Stonerock takes his audience on a journey through a year in the fur trade in the mid-1700s. Date:  Sunday, March 5, 2023 Time:  1 p.m. Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center Registration required:  No

Owl Prowl

Description:  Owl Prowl will be presented by Tara Beveroth, ornithologist for the Illinois State Natural History Survey.  The evening will begin with an indoor program on owl species in Illinois and end with a night hike led by park naturalist Lisa Sons and owl calling by Tara.  Registration is required.  Registration will open on the

Starved Rock Saplings Story Time-Fossil Frenzy

Description: Head back in time with park naturalists and explore fossils!  Where do fossils come from?  How are fossils made?  Are there fossils here in Illinois?  Story time, fossil education, and hands-on fossil activities included.  Suitable for children ages 3-10 with adult chaperones. Date:  Saturday, February 11, 2023 Time:  9:30 a.m. Location:  Starved Rock State

Sled Dog Demonstration with Free Spirit Siberian Rescue

Description:  Sled Dog Demonstration with Free Spirit Siberian Rescue Date:  Sunday, February 5, 2023 Time:  Shows at 12, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Location:  Back portion of the main parking lot along the Illinois River in front of the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Registration required:  No

Annual Starved Rock Art Show

Description:   Calling all artists, entries can now be submitted from January 9th through 31st, to the Annual Starved Rock Art Show at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center!  There will be two separate sections of the show this year: the Junior Art Show for those 10 to 17 years of age, and an Adult

Guided Eagle Watch Hikes

Description: Take a short hike to the highest point of the park – Starved Rock- or out to the sea wall along the Illinois River with a knowledgeable park naturalist to view the amazing bald eagle!  Discover fun facts about these amazing birds while utilizing binoculars (free and on loan to those with a driver’s license)

Live Birds of Prey Show with Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab Education

  Description:  Join the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education group and their educational ambassador team of hawks, falcons, owls, and “Independence” the bald eagle for a family fun indoor program at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2023 Time:  11 a.m. Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center Registration required: No, but

Starved Rock Saplings Story Time – Bald Eagles

Description:  A 1-hour program for children ages 3 to 10 years old and their chaperones. The program will help young minds discover fun facts about the bald eagle while they explore a story told by the park naturalist, view pictures, an eagle’s egg, talon, and skull, and partake in a fun craft and activity. Date: 

Starved Rock Saplings Storytime- Winter Animals

Description:  Join park naturalists and volunteers for a fun-filled hour discovering the world of winter animals! Who hibernates, who migrates, and who parties all winter long in the snow?! The program is suitable for children 3 to 10 years of age with a chaperone. The program includes a craft, game/hike/activity, educational component, and storybook time.

Eagles at the “Rock”

  Description: Have an amazing winter day at Starved Rock State Park while celebrating our nation’s symbol the bald eagle!  Binoculars will be available for use with a drivers license. Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2023 Time:  9:15 a.m. Bald Eagle, Children’s Program-Starved Rock Saplings Storytime. 10 a.m. Guided Eagle Watching Hikes led by Park Naturalists/birders/Master Naturalists. 11