Junior Ranger Day

Description:  July 31st is World Ranger day set aside to celebrate and honor “rangers” throughout the world who give their time, knowledge, and expertise to the various ecosystems, habitats, plants, trees, animals, and to you the park visitor each and every day of the year.  Celebrate on Saturday, July 30th, by enjoying fun crafts, guided hikes,

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

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

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

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

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

Wildflower Walks with a Naturalist Spring Event

Description:  Take a leisurely stroll through the woodlands at Starved Rock with the park and volunteer naturalists this spring to view the spectacular show of spring wildflowers also known as ephemerals meaning they only last a short while before the canopy of tree leaves shades the forest floor from the summer sun.  Naturalists will share

Live Reptile and Amphibian Show by Dave’s Traveling Reptile Show

Description:  Do you love reptiles and amphibians?  Join us for a live animal show from Dave’s Traveling World of Reptiles on Sunday, March 6th, at 1:30 p.m. for an up close, live, hands-on experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world! Masks are required while attending any indoor program regardless of vaccination status. Date: 

Art at the Park Workshop

Description:  Join park naturalist and artist Lisa Sons for a fun 2 hours of painting!  The spring class will utilize acrylic paints and canvas to create Virginia bluebell paintings in celebration of the canyon blooms in spring.  Bring a non alcoholic beverage and a snack to enjoy while painting. This is a pre-registration workshop only. 

Starved Rock Saplings Storytime (maple syruping)

Description:  Enjoy a story on the fun of maple sugaring in winter and the magic of the maple tree with park naturalist Lisa Sons.  After the story we will learn how to tap our own maple tree outside of the visitor center and taste a piece of real maple sugar too!  The program is suitable for