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As you travel through the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear. From fishing clinics to safety courses to unique outdoor events, there is always something special going on here. Check out our calendar of outdoor events and start planning your visit to the great outdoors!

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Eagle Trolley Tour
Now - Feb. 24, 2019 , 10:30AM
Discover the Eagles Trolley Tours January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday b...More Info
Cost: $32 adult | $27 children Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Eagle Trolley Tour
Now - Feb. 25, 2019 , 9:00AM & 11:00AM
Discover the Eagles Trolley Tours January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday b...More Info
Cost: $25 adults | $20 children Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Eagle Trolley Tour
Now - Feb. 27, 2019 , Wednesdays 11:00AM
Discover the Eagles Trolley Tours January-February Monday & Wednesday at 11am Saturday at 9am & 11am Sunday at 10:30am Ticket price: Mon, Wed & Sat: $25/adults, $20/children Sun: $32/adult, $27/children 10 & under 9am Tours: Begin with trolley and followed by lunch at 11:30am 10:30am Tours: Begin with Sunday b...More Info
Cost: $25 adults | $20 children Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Owl Night Walks
Mar. 1, 2019 - Mar. 3, 2019
Part of Owl Prowl Weekend! FRIDAY (March 1) AND SATURDAY (March 2) – Owl Night Walks: Steve Bailey, an ornithologist, will be here for Owl Programs and Owl Walks. Programs are at 6pm with an Owl Walk to follow on both days, finishing back at the lodge around 8pm. Everyone should plan on bringing a flashligh...More Info
Cost: $10 Adults | $7 children (10 & under) Event Type: Nature
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Hoo Haven Program
Mar. 2, 2019 - Mar. 3, 2019
SATURDAY (March 2) AND SUNDAY (March 3) – Hoo Haven Program $5/adults, $3/children 10 & under "Hoo" Haven Wildlife and Education Center from Durand, IL will be here with their owls for a presentation. These programs will have live birds. Programs are at 10am, 12pm and 2pm in the LaSalle Room of the Lodge. $5/ad...More Info
Cost: $5 adults | $3 children (10 & under) Event Type: Nature
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Little Explorers
Mar. 6, 2019 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Children ages 3-5 and their parent or guardian are invited to come out and play! A new nature theme is chosen every program with hands-on activities that may include a story, games, dancing, art, a hike, other outdoor activities and more! A variety of group and free play activities are planned. We encourage experiencin...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Outdoor Art Apprentice: Girl Scouts Cadette Badge
Mar. 9, 2019 , 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Get ready to break your cabin fever and dig into colors and patterns from landscapes and wildlife. Your keen observations will spark unusual photographs, clay creations and a rap song! This program fulfills all of the requirements for the Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice Badge. Our program activities split time between i...More Info
Cost: $10/person; Group rates apply: $25 non profit/$50 for-profit Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
Woodland and River Bird Hike
Mar. 9, 2019 , 8-10 a.m.
The best way to learn about birds is to see and hear them! Learn from an interpretive naturalist and other like-minded birders as you take a bird hike through oak-hickory forest near the Des Plaines River. The program begins with a short presentation about one particular bird or bird topic. Please meet at the upper lot...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove
27110 S. McKinley Woods Rd.
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Woodland and River Bird Hike
Mar. 9, 2019
Hike to see birds at McKinley Woods - Fredericks Grove in Channahon during the Forest Preserve District of Will County's "Woodland and River Bird Hike" on Saturday, March 9. Hike 1-2 miles with an interpretive naturalist and like-minded birders through an oak-hickory forest near the Des Plaines River. The program begin...More Info
Event Type: Nature
McKinley Woods - Frederick Grove
25921 Desplaines River Rd
Wilmington, IL 60481
8157229470
Maple Tapping at the Rock
Mar. 10, 2019 , 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Discover Maple Syrups beginnings from Native American and Pioneer use to present day. We will end the program with identifying a maple tree and tapping it for maple sap! By Park Interpreter Lisa Sons ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
Maple Tapping at the Rock
Mar. 10, 2019 , 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Discover Maple Syrups beginnings from Native American and Pioneer use to present day. We will end the program with identifying a maple tree and tapping it for maple sap! By Park Interpreter Lisa Sons ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4726
Frida Kahlo's Garden Exhibition
Now - Mar. 16, 2019 , T, W, F, Sat 10:00AM-4:00PM, Th 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM-4:00PM
Learn how nature and Mexican culture nurtured one of the most significant artists of the 20th century when "Frida Kahlo's Garden" opens Tuesday, January 29, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The free, all-ages exhibition will run through Saturday, March 16. Exhibit hours will be Tuesdays, Wed...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Access: .10 mile east of Route 53 (Scott Street) on Columbia Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-727-8700
Busy Beavers Craft Club
Mar. 16, 2019 , 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us on the third Saturday of the month for "Busy Beavers Craft Club." Each day we will have a different craft set up in the museum for you to make and take home. In March, create the French fleur-de-lis and Irish shamrocks to make a paper bouquet for the season! This program is offered indoors in an accessible faci...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60448
(815) 886-1467
Nature Folklore and Superstitions
Mar. 16, 2019 , 2-3 p.m.
This program will explore folklore and superstitions in nature. Have you ever heard sayings like, "Ring around the moon? Rain real soon."? Can the colors on a woolly bear caterpillar really predict a harsh or mild winter? Join a naturalist and find out if there is any truth to these sayings and more. Isle a la Cache ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
The History of Starved Rock 1673-1911
Mar. 17, 2019 , 1:30PM-2:30PM
Learn about our fabulous Native American, French and British colonial, and American history when Park Historian Mark Walczynski presents a program based on his new book, "The History of Starved Rock 1673-1911." The program is a must see for history buffs, educators, and others. By Starved Rock Foundation's Park Histo...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Full Moon Night Hike
Mar. 22, 2019 , 5:30PM-7:00PM
*PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY* - Email DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov by March 15th. The trails at Matthiessen and Starved Rock close at dark daily, unless you are attending a guided hike such as this one with the Park Interpreter! Enjoy a 2 mile guided hike with the park interpreter under the glow of the full moon. Meet at ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
LaSalle and Tonti Canyons
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4726
Full Moon Night Hike/LaSalle and Tonti Canyons
Mar. 22, 2019 , 5:30PM-7:00PM
PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY -Email DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov by March 15th The trails at Matthiessen and Starved Rock close at dark daily, unless you are attending a guided hike such as this one with the Park Interpreter! Enjoy a 2 mile guided hike with the park interpreter under the glow of the full moon. Meet at the...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park-LaSalle Canyon parking lot
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Migration Mania!
Mar. 23, 2019 , 1-2:30 p.m.
Certain animals love to travel, and need to travel! Monarch butterflies, sandhill cranes and Canada geese are just a few of these frequent fliers. Test your navigation IQ and discover who uses Illinois as a summer home and how animals travel thousands of miles without a map. And then take a fun mini-migration, to boot!...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
The Illinois Indians: History and Culture in Illinois
Mar. 24, 2019 , 1:30PM-2:30PM
A number of states are named after Native American Tribes, and one of them is the state of Illinois. Journey through the early history of the Illinois Indians with Dr. Dan Hechenberger in this fascinating program. ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Bee a Bee Keeper! Introduction to Successful Beekeeping
Now - Mar. 26, 2019 , Tuesdays 6:00PM-8:00PM
If you've always wanted to learn more about beekeeping, but didn't know where to turn, check out the Forest Preserve District of Will's six-week "Bee a Beekeeper!: Introduction to Successful Beekeeping" program at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township, which runs Tuesdays from Feb.19-March 26. Participants will le...More Info
Cost: $50 Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Crete, IL
(708)946-2216
Woodcock Walk for Adults
Mar. 27, 2019 , 6:30-8 p.m.
Have you ever seen a timberdoodle do his acrobatic dance in the sky? Have you heard him twitter his wings with love? Don't miss out!! The program will begin with a quick inside introduction to the American Woodcock. Then, we will venture out to look and listen for this elusive bird. Meet inside Four Rivers Environmen...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Educattion Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Woodcock Walk for Adults
Mar. 27, 2019
Watch a woodcock perform its aerial acrobatics in the sky and listen to him twitter his wings with love during the Forest Preserve District of Will County's "Woodcock Walk for Adults" on Wednesday, March 27, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The program will begin with a quick inside introduct...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25921 Desplaines River Rd
Wilmington, IL 60481
8157229470
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Mar. 28, 2019 , 9:00AM Thursdays
Would you like someone to hike with you? Don't know where to hike? Come one, come all! Meet us on Thursdays at 9am in the Lodge lobby for pre-planned group hikes. These hikes take a few hours and usually end around noon. The best part is the hiking schedule changes each week and repeats itself each quarter so you get t...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Four Rivers Scout Adventure
Mar. 30, 2019 , 10 a.m. - noon
Calling all scouts – girls and boys – join us for a "Scout Adventure!" Your group will test its skills while navigating through fun and educational activities that may correlate to badge/patch requirements. Stations include archery, Native American games, campfire, snacks and more. Stations will be both ind...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Envrionmental Education Center
15055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Awesome Ottawa Tours
Now - Mar. 31, 2019 , 1:00 PM
Drive & Hike Longest Hike 1/3 Mile 3 Hours Moderate Exercise Indian Burials, Pioneer Graveyards & Caves 10 Years & Older View Vast Woodland and Sandstone Scenery ...More Info
Cost: $40 (12 & under free w/adult) Event Type: Nature
Dayton Bluffs Preserve
2997 IL-71
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakening Juried Art Competition
Mar. 12, 2019 - Mar. 31, 2019 , Tues-Saturdays 10:00AM-4:00PM, Sundays 12:00PM-4:00PM
Plum Creek Nature Center in partnership with the Nature Foundation of Will County will host a juried art competition featuring local artists. Enjoy this one of a kind art exhibition and also participate in a public vote for the winners. Artists will submit artwork inspired by the theme "Spring Awakens." All approved 2...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road,
Crete, IL
8157229470
Take a Hike & Lunch
Apr. 6, 2019 - Apr. 7, 2019 , 11:00AM Saturdays & Sundays in April | May | June
Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter's Sandstone. If you're part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The ...More Info
Cost: $18 Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Living with Wildlife: A Balance Helping Nature
Apr. 14, 2019 , 1:30PM-2:30PM
Join Nancy Johnson, of the 2nd Hand Ranch and Rescue from Princeton, Illinois as she talks about her life as a wildlife rescuer and helps us understand how to live with wildlife on and off of the trail. By Nancy Johnson, Second Chance Ranch ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Living with Wildlife: A Balance Helping Nature
Apr. 14, 2019 , 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Have you ever wondered what to do with a baby animal, or an injured or orphaned animal? Join Nancy Johnson, of the 2nd Hand Ranch and Rescue from Princeton, Illinois as she talks about her life as a wildlife rescuer and helps us understand how to live with wildlife on and off of the trail. By Nancy Johnson, Second H...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4726
Ecology of Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers
Apr. 27, 2019 , 1:30PM-2:30PM
The onset of spring brings beautiful wildflowers to the woodlands of Illinois, and Starved Rock State Park is home to a rich variety of common and rare spring ephemeral wildflowers. These plants deploy an amazing array of strategies to deal with the challenges of living on the forest floor. This talk will cure your w...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Ecology of Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers
Apr. 27, 2019 , 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The onset of spring brings beautiful wildflowers to the woodlands of Illinois, and Starved Rock State Park is home to a rich variety of common and rare spring ephemeral wildflowers. These plants deploy an amazing array of strategies to deal with the challenges of living on the forest floor. This talk will cure your w...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4726
I&M Canal Clean Up
Apr. 22, 2019 - Apr. 28, 2019
The Canal Corridor Association is coordinating a canal-wide cleanup on Monday, April 22nd to Sunday April 28th. All interested volunteers should contact Mara Moore, the Programs Coordinator at the Canal Corridor Association at 815-220-1848 ext. 1838 or by email at programs@iandmcanal.org. The Illinois and Michigan Can...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
I&M Canal State Trail
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-220-1848
I&M Canal Clean Up
Apr. 22, 2019 - Apr. 28, 2019
The Canal Corridor Association is coordinating a canal-wide cleanup on Monday, April 22nd to Sunday April 28th. All interested volunteers should contact Mara Moore, the Programs Coordinator at the Canal Corridor Association at 815-220-1848 ext. 1838 or by email at programs@iandmcanal.org. The Illinois and Michigan Can...More Info
Event Type: Nature
I&M Canal State Trail
LaSalle, Il 61301
8152201848 ext. 1838
Spring MegaHike
Apr. 27, 2019 - Apr. 28, 2019
Join us for the 2019 Spring Mega Hike! Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30 and 9am both days. Expected time for lunch is 1pm and 1:30pm. We expect to return to the Lodge at approximately 4:30 and 5pm. Board the Starved Rock Trolley with a pair of guides where the trolley will take you to the east end of the park to begin you...More Info
Cost: $37 Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
May. 4, 2019 - May. 5, 2019 , 9:30AM, 11:00AM & 1:00PM both days
The onset of spring brings beautiful wildflowers to the woodlands of Illinois, and Starved Rock State Park is home to a rich variety of common and rare spring ephemeral wildflowers. These plants deploy an amazing array of strategies to deal with the challenges of living on the forest floor. This talk will cure your w...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
May. 4, 2019 - May. 5, 2019 , 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., both days
Hikes leave the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., both days. Hike to choose from: Starved Rock and French Canyon (3/4 mile), Eagle Cliff and Lovers Leap Overlooks (1.4 miles roundtrip), and Wildcat Canyon with overlooks (2 miles roundtrip). Spring is such a beautiful time of year at the Rock! Wate...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4726
Mother's Day on the I&M Canal Boat
May. 12, 2019
The I&M Canal Boat offers a unique experience. Travel back in time to 1848 on the replica-packet boat "The Volunteer" at Lock 14 in LaSalle. Treat Mom to a special day and enjoy your adventure on the historic I&M Canal. The period-clothed Captain and Crew tell the story of the Canal. All Mothers will receive a FREE Loc...More Info
Event Type: Nature Holiday - Spring/Summer
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
8152201848
Live Hawk Show
May. 11, 2019 - May. 19, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
May 11, 12, 18 & 19 Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By Falconer Rich Es...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Amazing Animals of Illinois
May. 19, 2019 , 1:30PM-2:30PM
Fur, feathers, scales, and tails with the animals from Wildlife Prairie Park. Dive into the world of wild animals found in Illinois as Wildlife Prairie Park introduces the mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. LIVE ANIMALS By Wildlife Prairie Park ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Waterfall & Canyon Tours
Apr. 1, 2019 - May. 25, 2019 , Monday 11:00AM | Saturday 9:00AM & 11:00AM
Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa (three 45 minute guided hikes). Tour includes lunch from a special menu in our rustic Main Dining Room and a relaxing trolley ride. This is a walking tour and is not recommend...More Info
Cost: $32 adult | $27 children (10 and under) Event Type: Nature
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Memorial Day Guided Hike
May. 27, 2019 , 9:30AM-11:00AM
Hikes will take visitors to Starved Rock and French Canyon (3/4 mile round trip)...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
National Trails Day Celebration
Jun. 1, 2019 , 9:30AM & 1:00PM
Sadie the Starved Rock Eagle and her friend Smokey the Bear will be on hand at the Starved Rock Visitor Center for meet and greets while celebrating National Trails Day. Enjoy a guided hike with the park's interpreter while learning all about our fabulous trails at the park that lead you through our 18 canyons and 7 o...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Visit a Canyon with a Boat Ride
Jun. 1, 2019 - Jun. 2, 2019 , 11:00AM | 12:30PM Saturdays and Sundays in June
Enjoy a trolley ride for a scenic, guided walk to one of our majestic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes. The trolley will then take you to the Eagle I for a 1.5 hour boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Canyon...More Info
Cost: $33 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Jammin' at the Clock Kick-Off
Jun. 7, 2019 , 6:00PM-8:00PM
Live music Fridays from June 1 to Aug. 31....More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Ongoing
Heritage Park
Main & Monroe St.
Streator, Il 61364
8156722055
POCO-A-POCO Summer Music Camp
Jun. 9, 2019 - Jun. 15, 2019
Over 25 hours of instruction/choral technique, concerts and more. For more information, visit pocoapoco.org....More Info
Event Type: Education/History Performing Arts Ongoing
Park Presbyterian Church
Main & Monroe St.
Streator, Il 61364
8156722055
Live Hawk Show
Jun. 1, 2019 - Jun. 16, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
June 1, 2, 15 & 16 Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By Falconer Rich Esc...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Father's Day on the I&M Canal Boat
Jun. 16, 2019
The I&M Canal Boat offers a unique experience. Travel back in time to 1848 on the replica-packet boat "The Volunteer" at Lock 14 in LaSalle. Treat Dad to a special day and enjoy your adventure on the historic I&M Canal. The period-clothed Captain and Crew tell the story of the Canal. All Fathers will receive a FREE L...More Info
Event Type: Nature Holiday - Spring/Summer
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
8152201848
Summer Solstice Sunrise Trek at Matthiessen Dells Area
Jun. 21, 2019 , 6:30AM-8:00AM
PRE-REGISTRATION BY JUNE 14TH. EMAIL DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov Park trails and parking lots don't open until 6:30AM unless you are hiking with the park interpreter to enjoy a peaceful summer solstice morning before the crowds set in for waterfall viewing and trail trekking. Meet at the Matthiessen Dells Area Fort...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Matthiessen State Park Dells -Fort Shelter
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Streator's Fourth of July Celebration
Jun. 27, 2019 - Jul. 4, 2019
Streator's Fourth of July Celebration: Thursday, June 27 through Thursday, July 4, Northpoint Plaza and more. Features carnival, vendors, beer tent, live music, food vendors and more. For more information, visit streators4th.org. Carnival, food, vendors, music at Northpoint June 27 to June 30. Parade on June 30th. Fire...More Info
Event Type: Festivals Ongoing Holiday - Spring/Summer
Northpoint Plaza
Main & Monroe St.
Streator, Il 61364
8156722055
July 4th Guided Hike
Jul. 4, 2019 , 9:30AM
Hike will take visitors to Starved Rock and French Canyon (3/4 mile round trip)....More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Live Hawk Show
Jul. 6, 2019 - Jul. 21, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
July 6, 7, 20 & 21 Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live hawk show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By falconer Ric...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Ag in the Park
Jul. 27, 2019 , 9:00AM-3:00PM
Celebrate agriculture in Streator's history. Farm displays, products and antique equipment on hand. Includes farmer's market, flea market, log carvers, children rides, barnyard animals, blacksmith, music and refreshments....More Info
Event Type: Festivals Nature
Streator City Park
N. Park St.
Streator, Il 61364
8156722055
Mazon Creek Fossil Tour
Aug. 17, 2019 , 1PM-7PM
Join us on Saturday August 17th OR Sunday August 18th 2019 for our annual Mazon Creek Fossil Tour in Morris, IL! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds....More Info
Cost: $150 Per Person (Reservation Required) Event Type: Education/History Nature
Morris, Il 60450
8152201848
Mazon Creek Fossil Tour
Aug. 17, 2019 - Aug. 18, 2019 , 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us on Saturday August 17th OR Sunday August 18th 2019 for our annual Mazon Creek Fossil Tour in Morris, IL! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds....More Info
Cost: $150.00 Event Type: Nature
Morris, IL
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-220-1848
Mazon Creek Fossil Tour
Aug. 18, 2019 , 1PM-7PM
Join us on Saturday August 17th OR Sunday August 18th 2019 for our annual Mazon Creek Fossil Tour in Morris, IL! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn about the environment, ecosystems, and climate of Northern Illinois as it was 300 million years ago by collecting fossil specimens at the Mazon Fossil Beds....More Info
Cost: $150 Per Person (Reservation Required) Event Type: Education/History Nature
Morris, Il 60450
8152201848
Live Hawk Show
Aug. 10, 2019 - Aug. 25, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
August 10, 11, 24 & 25 Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live hawk show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By falconer...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Concerts on the Hill
Jun. 6, 2019 - Aug. 29, 2019 , 6:30PM
Outdoor music every Thursday at the Bandshell....More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Ongoing
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Bandshell
201 W. Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
6309321555
Labor Day Celebration
Aug. 30, 2019 - Sep. 1, 2019
Friday Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1, City Park and downtown locations. Cruise Night and Car Show, one of the state's largest car events featuring over 500 cars. Includes annual cruise night and car show, carnival, music, food, parade and family fun....More Info
Event Type: Festivals Ongoing Holiday - Spring/Summer
Streator City Park
N. Park St.
Streator, Il 61364
8156722055
Labor Day Guided Hike
Sep. 2, 2019 , 9:30AM-11:00AM
Hikes will take visitors to Starved Rock and French Canyon (3/4 mile round trip) by Park Interpreters...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2668 East 873 Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4726
Monarch Mania Program
Sep. 8, 2019 , 1:30PM
Every fall thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate south to Central Mexico! Come out and learn all about these fascinating creatures and get the chance to see the process of tagging and releasing Monarchs for research. By Doug Taron of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and Illinois Nature Museum in Chicago....More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
1-815-667-5351
Bike-a-Rita
Sep. 21, 2019 , 10:30AM
Bike along the I & M Canal starting at Heritage Harbor with stopping for Margaritas along the way....More Info
Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
2 Great Loop West
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-5000
Live Hawk Show
Sep. 7, 2019 - Sep. 22, 2019
September 7, 8, 21 & 22 Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live hawk show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By falcone...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Land & Water Cruise
Jun. 2, 2019 - Sep. 27, 2019 , 11:00AM
Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays June-September! Tour begins with lunch in the historic dining room at the Lodge, followed by a narrated trolley tour with history and legends of the area. The trolley will then take you to the new river boat, "The Eagle I" where you will see the east end of the Starved Rock State ...More Info
Cost: $41 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386
Dayton Bluffs Preserve Trail 5k/10k Run Walk
Sep. 28, 2019 , 9:00AM
Come run or walk at the 2nd Annual Dayton Bluffs Preserve Trail 5k/10k Run /Walk. This beautiful property is one to be enjoyed by all. This will be a timed Race! The 253-acre property is owned by The Conservation Foundation and has been designated as a Land & Water Reserve with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission...More Info
Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Dayton Bluffs Preserve
2997 IL-71
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
71st Annual Grundy County Corn Festival
Sep. 25, 2019 - Sep. 29, 2019
For more information visit www.cornfestival.org ...More Info
Event Type: Festivals Ongoing
Downtown Morris
Morris, Il 60450
815-941-0245
Awesome Ottawa Tours
Mar. 1, 2019 - Sep. 30, 2019 , TBD
Biking March-September 7 Mile Bike/2 Hours Easy Trail/Road Biking Broad History of Ottawa Lincoln/Radium Girls 13 & Over (use your discretion) Our Bikes or Yours ...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Oktoberfest
Oct. 2, 2019
Welcome to "Henry Haus"! Enjoy an authentic German-style luncheon and show featuring "The Johnny Wagner Band", specializing in traditional Bavarian, Austrian, and Slovenian styles of Polka Music, including Yodeling, performances on the Swiss Alphorn (a 15 foot long horn from the mountains of Switzerland) and the Austri...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Festa Italiana
Oct. 8, 2019
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate presents "The Tenors3", a trio of classically trained tenor vocalists! Their diverse musical program, infused with a touch of comedy, encompasses Opera, Broadway, Operetta, Standards, Ethnic Favorites, Holiday Melodies, and much more!...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Awesome Ottawa Tours
Oct. 12, 2019
Haunted Ottawa Tour 1.5 Miles/2 Hours Easy Exercise Ottawa's History of Suicide, Murder & Mayhem 21+ (13+ w/ Parent) $30...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature Holiday - Fall/Winter
Canal Toll House
1221 Columbus Street
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-434-2737
Live Hawk Show
Oct. 5, 2019 - Oct. 20, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
October 5, 6, 19 & 20 Have an up close and personal visit with 3 very special hawks and their handler Rich Escutia. Rich will cover the biology and hunting instincts of each of his two Harris Hawks and his Red Tailed Hawk at his live hawk show located by the Eagles Roost Cabin behind the Visitor Center. By falconer ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Fall Colors Weekend
Oct. 19, 2019 - Oct. 20, 2019 , 9:30AM, 11:00AM & 1:00PM both days
Bursts of orange, yellow, rust, purple, and red will surround the Rock in autumn. Why not join a hike through the park to enjoy the fall colors through the experience and knowledge of a naturalist! Discover why leaves change their colors and more! Beautiful opportunity for photos, views from the overlooks, and the c...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Halloween Tales and Stories
Oct. 26, 2019 , 2:30PM-3:30PM
Halloween tales and stories from Central Illinois finest storyteller Bill Myers. Great program for all ages! By Storyteller Bill Myers ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Haunted Trails and Tales-Ghosts of Starved Rock's Past
Oct. 26, 2019 , 5:30PM, 5:45PM, 6:00PM, 6:15PM & 6:30PM
PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY-Email DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov BY OCTOBER 19TH. Experience the trail through living interpretation as the "ghosts of Starved Rock's past" guide you to the Rock along a luminary lit trail. Tales will be told......what will you believe, see, or hear in the dark, dark, woods?! By Park Staff...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
IncredibleBats and More!
Oct. 26, 2019 , 2:30PM-3:30PM
Bats eat bugs, they don't eat people, bats eat bugs, they don't play in your hair...... Bats are our friends whether they eat insects or fruit. Find out just how important bats are to our Planet. Visit with some live and very friendly Egyptian Fruit Bats as well their non-stinky friend the skunk and friendly tarantu...More Info
Event Type: Nature
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Mules, Mansion, & Mimosa Boat Tour
May. 3, 2019 - Oct. 27, 2019 , Friday - Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Combine a mimosa at Lock 16 Café, a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a 1-hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear their stories of life along the cana...More Info
Cost: $45.00 Event Type: Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-220-1848
Mules, Mansion, & Mimosa Boat Tour
May. 3, 2019 - Oct. 27, 2019
*Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays* Combine a mimosa at Lock 16 Café, a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a 1-hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear thei...More Info
Event Type: Education/History Nature Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
8152201851
Mule Pulled Canal Boat Tour
Apr. 28, 2019 - Oct. 30, 2019
*Thursday thru Sunday* Climb aboard a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as Canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois Prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Joe, and learn how horses and mules pulled passenger...More Info
Event Type: Nature Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
8152201851
Mule-Pulled Canal Boat Tour
Apr. 28, 2019 - Oct. 31, 2019 , 10:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm
Climb aboard a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as Canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois Prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Joe, and learn how horses and mules pulled passengers and cargo between Chic...More Info
Cost: $15.00 Event Type: Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, Il 61301
815-220-1848
SOAR with Live Birda of Prey!
Nov. 10, 2019 , 1:30PM-2:30PM
Saving Our American Raptors also known as SOAR will lead a presentation with live birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons, and an eagle. Discover the natural habitats, behavior, and adaptations of these fascinating animals. By Saving Our American Raptors ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
Mystery in the Mansion
Jun. 13, 2019 - Nov. 12, 2019
June 13th, October 30th & November 12th. Begin your day of fun and adventure with lunch at The Jacob Henry Mansion, but don't plan on leaving until you have solved the Murder Mystery!...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Full Moon Night Hike
Nov. 15, 2019 , 5:30PM-7:00PM
PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY E-MAIL DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov BY NOVEMBER 8TH. The trails at Starved Rock close at dark daily, unless you are attending a guided hike such as this one with the Park Interpreter! Enjoy the 1.5 mile trail to Lovers Leap and Eagle Cliff Overlooks along the boardwalk under the glow of the fu...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
National Take a Hike Day
Nov. 17, 2019
There are over 60,000 miles of trails in the United States, and Ottawa has some of the best to offer! Come out and celebrate National Take A Hike Day on Sunday November 17th with three free guided hikes around Ottawa, Illinois! Each hike focuses on a theme that makes Ottawa's parks unique: learn about ecology and pre...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-434-2737
National Take a Hike Day
Nov. 17, 2019
There are over 60,000 miles of trails in the United States, and Ottawa has some of the best to offer! Come out and celebrate National Take A Hike Day on Sunday November 17th with three free guided hikes around Ottawa, Illinois! Each hike focuses on a theme that makes Ottawa's parks unique: learn about ecology and pre...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-434-2737
Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike
Nov. 21, 2019 , 7:00AM-8:30AM
PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY EMAIL DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov BY DECEMBER 14th. Park trails and parking lots don't open until 6:30 a.m. unless you are hiking with the park interpreter on the winter solstice. Meet at the parking lots to Kaskaskia and Ottawa Canyons along Route 71. Nothing compares to the solitude of a wi...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park-Meet at Kaskaskia/Ottawa Canyon Parking Lots off of Route 71
2678 N. State Rte 178
Utica, IL 61373
8156674726
"A Victorian Christmas with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln"
Nov. 13, 2019 - Nov. 26, 2019
November 13th, November 19th, November 26th. When most people think of a traditional Christmas, they usually mean a Victorian Christmas. Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln would like to tell you what Christmas was like in America during this time and how some of the customs we observe today came to be, such as the Christmas ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Awesome Ottawa Tours
Mar. 1, 2019 - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Walking March-November 1.5 Miles/1.5 Hours, starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise, Canal/Downtown History, Underground Railroad, All Ages. Great Way to Plan Shopping/Restaurants. $30 (12 & under free w/adult)...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Awesome Ottawa Tours
May. 1, 2019 - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Cocktail/Walking May-November 1.5 Miles/3 Hours, starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise. Visit 3-4 Saloons Local History & Libations (21+). Cocktails the Locals Love; History w/ a Twist of Lime. ...More Info
Cost: $30 (plus drinks & tip) Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Awesome Ottawa Tours
May. 1, 2019 - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Food/Walking May-November 1.5 Miles/3 Hours, Starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise; Visit 3-4 Restaurants Local History & Fare (21+). Dishes the Locals Love! Sink Your Teeth into Ottawa. ...More Info
Cost: $30 (plus food & tip) Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
"The Gathering Room" Victorian Holiday Luncheon
Dec. 4, 2019
Enjoy the ambiance & tradition of the Walnut Room in Joliet's own Gathering Room on The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. Our 26 foot fully decorated Christmas tree, live music, and pipe organ concert in The Old Central Church after lunch is sure to set the perfect atmosphere for your new holiday tradition. ...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
White Christmas
Dec. 11, 2019
Join us for our annual holiday celebration inspired by the classic film White Christmas. This spectacular holiday concert will take you on a musical journey from a World War II performance for the troops, to the glamour of a Florida nightclub and finally the charm and simple beauty of a New England Town. ...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Ongoing
The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate
20 South Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
815-722-1420
Chris Kringle Market
Dec. 6, 2019 - Dec. 15, 2019 , Fridays 4 pm – 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 7 pm, Sundays 11 am – 4 pm ...More Info
Event Type: Shopping Ongoing Holiday - Fall/Winter
Washington Square Park
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-434-2737
Historic Trolley Tours
Mar. 2, 2019 - Dec. 29, 2019 , Varies
Historic Trolley Tour Saturdays & Sundays from March-December. Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-October: Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Saturday & Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30...More Info
Cost: $12 adults | $10 seniors (60 & older)) | $8 (10 & under) Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, Il 61348
8152207386

 


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