Starved Rock State Park Programs
Listed below are the programs being offered at Starved Rock State Park near Utica for April and the first week of May. Questions about the programs should be directed to Starved Rock State Park staff at DNR.StarvedRock@illinois.gov
Living with Wildlife: A Balance Helping Nature
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what to do with a baby animal or an injured or orphaned animal? Join Nancy Johnson, of the Second-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.
Ecology of Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
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 winter blues by discussing the myriad adaptations used by these interesting plants.
Presenter: Botanist and Southern Illinois University Instructor Chris Benda, the Illinois Botanizer
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage
Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019
Hikes leave the Visitors’ Center at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. on both days.
Hiking Options: Starved Rock and French Canyon (3/4-mile hike); Eagle Cliff and Lovers Leap Overlooks (1.4-mile hike) and Wildcat Canyon with overlooks (2-mile hike).
Spring is such a beautiful time of year at the Starved Rock State Park! Waterfalls, mossy canyons, crisp and clean air on the overlooks and spring wildflowers everywhere you look. Join experienced naturalists for a one-of-a-kind trail experience to find spring ephemerals (wildflowers) and learn about their natural history.