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 / Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Special Events

America’s State Parks First Day of the Year Hike on January 1st
Winter Wilderness Weekend
Eagle Watch Weekend
Earth Day Hike
Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend
Spring Migratory Bird Hike
National Trails Day Hike on June 2nd
Fall Migratory Bird Hike
Fall Colors Weekend
Haunted Hike

Junior Ranger Program

Click here for our Junior Ranger Program Packet (ages 5-7)
Click here for our Junior Ranger Program Packet (8 years and up)

To learn more, visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website,
call (815) 667-4726 or stop by the Visitor Center located at
2678 N. State Route 178, Oglesby, IL 61348


Starved Rock Foundation

2018 Calendar of Events

Click here to see a PDF version of events

May – October
Falconry with Rich Escutia
Join local falconer Rich Escutia with his pair of Harris Hawks and female Red Tailed Hawk for an up close and personal educational visit with birds of prey, located by the cabin behind the Starved Rock Visitor Center. 

December 30, 2018
Holiday Storytelling with Bill Myers
Bill Myers, local Illinois Valley storytelling, will be spinning his holiday tales at the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Storytelling is great for all ages. Storytelling will begin at 1:30pm and last one hour.


2019 Calendar of Events

January 19 & 20, 2019
Winter Wilderness Weekend

Guided Hikes: 9:30am, 10am, 11am and 1pm. Free event, no registration required.

January 26 and 27, 2019
Eagle Watch Weekend
Guided Hikes and Eagle Scopes on top of Starved Rock: 9:30am, 10am, 11am and 1pm. Free event, no registration required.
Possible presenters at 11am and 1pm in Kaskaskia Room of Visitor Center
Meet and greet with Sammy the Starved Rock Eagle
For more information, please visit the Illinois Audubon Society’s website

May 4 and 5, 2019
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend
Guided Hikes:  9:30am, 10am, 11am, and 1pm. Free event, no registration required.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
National Trails Day Event

Guided Hikes:  9:30am and 1pm. Free event, no registration required.
Meet and greet with Smokey the Bear and Sammy the Starved Rock Eagle

October 19 and 20, 2019
Fall Colors Weekend

Guided hikes:  9:30am, 10am, 11am, and 1pm. Free event, no registration required.

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Halloween Tales and Trails at Starved Rock

Guided hikes to the ghosts of Starved Rock’s past:  5pm and 6pm (PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY)

Starved Rock Photography Contest and Show
Entries due December 1, 2019
Showcased in Kaskaskia Room and Visitor Center December 3rd-16th
Judging: December 8, 2019


Starved Rock Foundation

The Starved Rock Foundation is a friends group that supports the state park through educational programs, supplies, exhibit updates, leading hikes, trail walkers, front desk support, bookstore, and other labors of love. It is a volunteer-run organization. The Foundation and the staff at the park work hand-in-hand to provide a positive park experience. Without them, the Visitor’s Center, guided hikes, and programs could not happen. You can be part of this team! Learn more by visiting the Starved Rock Foundation’s website or Facebook page.