Park Programs & Activities

The staff of the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center have put together some great educational programs for all ages!  Bring the kids and learn all about the exciting history and geology of this park.

Starved Rock State Park

      Sponsored by the Starved Rock Foundation

For more information call the Starved Rock Visitor Center at (815) 667-4726

2017 Calendar of Events

April 8
Birds of Prey Live, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Save Our American Raptors will bring live hawks, falcons and hawks.

April 22
Earth Day Hike, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hike with a naturalist to the top of Starved Rock and to the bottom of French Canyon.

April 23
Amazing Animals. Wildlife Prairie Park presents live animals such as skunks, turtles and owls. 1:30pm state time.

April 29-30
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage hikes at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day, guides will lead hikes to overlooks and canyons to enjoy spring wildflowers and waterfalls.

May 6
Spring Migratory Bird Hike, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Expert Tom Williams will help you find the colorful migrants of May. Bring binoculars and field guide, if you wish.

May 21
Live reptiles and amphibians from Wildlife Prairie Park. 1:30pm state time. 

June 3
National Trails Day, 10-11:30 a.m., join a park naturalist for a hike to the top of Starved Rock and the bottom of French Canyon.

June 24
Kayaking 101, 9-11:30 a.m. Learn to kayak with Kayak Morris, instruction followed by kayaking along the bluffs at Starved Rock. Meet at Lone Point Shelter at the east end of Starved Rock State Park, $39 rental fee each. Registration required starting May 1 at http://www.kayakmorris.com/starved-rock-kayak-tour.

September 2
Birds of Prey Live, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Save Our American Raptors will bring live hawks, falcons and hawks.

September 16
Autumn Migratory Bird Hike, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Expert Tom Williams will help you find the fall migrants of Starved Rock. Bring binoculars and field guide if you wish.

October 21-22
Fall Colors Weekend, guided hikes leave at 9 a.m. to visit overlooks and canyons to view October colors.

October 28
Creatures of the Night, 11-noon, 1-2 p.m. Save Our American Raptors will bring several live owls.

October 28
Haunted Halloween Night Hikes and Storytelling. Hike with a naturalist to the top of Starved Rock. Hear haunted tales and meet the Pink Lady. Hikes leave at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kids crafts will be 5-7 p.m. Storytelling with Bill Myers will be 7-8 p.m.

December 30
Holiday storytelling with Bill Myers, 1:30-2:30 p.m., holiday tales inside the visitor center.