Art in the Park Workshop-Winter Session

Description:  Spend a couple of hours relaxing while you learn how to paint with Park Naturalist Lisa Sons.  Each participant will learn how to use acrylic paints to make a dimensional winter woodland landscape perfect for framing or small enough to turn into a special holiday card to celebrate the season.  All supplies are furnished through

Starved Rock Saplings Story Time-Animal Adaptations

  Description:  Why does a beaver have a paddle-like tail?  Why do raccoons have a dark mask around their eyes?  Why do owls turn their heads almost all the way around?  Join park naturalists in their search for the answers to animals and their adaptations that help them live the way they do in their

Dave’s Traveling World of Reptiles

  Description:  Pay a visit to some of the most unique reptiles and amphibians from around the world when Dave’s Traveling World of Reptiles visits the Starved Rock Visitor Center.  You won’t just get a chance to meet each of these critters but you will discover fun facts about each animal including where they are

Junior Ranger Day

  Description:  Do you want to grow up to work in the great outdoors?  Maybe you want to be a park ranger, an environmental educator, a game warden, a biologist, or a forester.  Journey to Starved Rock State Park and learn all about different careers in the great outdoors while partaking in fun games, activities, and

Starved Rock Saplings: P is for Prairie

Description:  What is a prairie?  What kinds of plants and animals call the prairie home?  Find out when you join our park naturalists for an educational storybook on the prairie followed by a craft, game, and time visiting our prairie garden!  The program is suitable for 3-10-year-old children and their adult chaperones. Date:  Saturday, July 8,

Starved Rock Saplings: Salamanders

  Description: Discover the world of our lesser-known amphibians the salamanders through a storybook, crafts, activities, and a short hike. The program is suitable for children ages 3-10 and their accompanying adult chaperones. Date:  Saturday, June 10, 2023 Time:  9:30 a.m. Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center Registration required: Please email at least a week before

Goat Yoga in the Great Outdoors

Description:  Goat yoga is the perfect marriage of yoga and animal therapy to create a joyful experience.  Led by a certified yoga instructor, animal therapist, and our playful “kids.” Each session will involve 25 minutes of yoga with the goats and 20 minutes of cuddle and picture time with the “kids.”   Not suitable for young

Starved Rock Saplings: Life Underground

  Description:  Explore life underground through a storybook, crafts, games, and a short hike with a volunteer park naturalist!  What kind of animals live, sleep, or raise a family under our feet? Date:  Saturday, May 13, 2023 Time:  9:30 a.m. Location:  Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center Registration required: Please email at least a week before the

Smartphone Nature Photography Class

  Description:  Join local photographer and videographer Matthew Klein for a basic informational class on how to take the perfect photo in the great outdoors with your smartphone.  Matthew will discuss applications to use for both androids and iPhones, the best time of day to take pictures, the best angle, and other tricks to make

Starved Rock Stewardship Earth Day-Clean Up Day

  Description: Are you looking for a great way to give back to nature, your community, your local state park (hint hint) on Earth Day?  Bring your family, your neighbors, your church group, your scout group, and your closest friends  out to Starved Rock State Park to help give back on Earth Day this year.