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Kids' Events and Calendar - January 2019

Scouting Resources
Scout leaders, the IDNR Division of Education has resources that you can use to help teach about Illinois' animals, plants and other topics. Videos, publications, resources trunks/packs for loan, activities and other information can be found through the links on the new "Scouting Resources" Web page. Visit it today!
Upcoming Programs at Dickson Mounds Museum
The following programs are being sponsored by Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown. Unless otherwise noted, the programs occur at Dickson Mounds Museum, too. For more information, call 309-547-3721.
Family Night: Snow Goose Spotting from the Tower
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, 19031 East CR 2110N, Havana
View the large flocks of migrating snow geese from the 100-foot tall observation tower at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge. Participants may see a few or thousands of snow geese depending on weather conditions. Even if there are no snow geese, participants may enjoy the spectacular view and the sunset from the tower. Fun, hands-on crafts and activities will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Emiquon Partnership.
Meet the Artist: Kevin Wright
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon with Kevin Wright, one of the photographers of the Museum’s latest temporary exhibit, “The Wandering Flatlanders – A Photographic Journey for Illinois Wildlife.” Canton resident and award-winning freelance outdoor writer and wildlife photographer Kevin Wright will present information and share stories on how he captures some of these great images. Kevin’s work has appeared in numerous regional and national magazines and Web sites. In addition, he has a long-running outdoor column in the Canton Daily Ledger. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.
Starved Rock State Park to Host Programs
The following programs are being sponsored by Starved Rock State Park in Utica. Programs are held at the Visitors’ Center. If you have any questions about the programs, please call 815-667-4726 or email
Maple Tapping at the Rock
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Discover maple syrup’s beginnings from use by Native Americans and pioneers to the present day. We will end the program with identifying a maple tree and tapping it for maple sap! Presenter: Lisa Sons, Site Interpreter, Starved Rock State Park
The Illinois Indians: History and Culture in Illinois.
Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Several states are named after Native American tribes, including Illinois. Journey through the early history of the Illinois’ Indians in this fascinating program. Presenter: Dr. Dan Hechenberger
Wild Illinois History Leads Students on a Journey to Learn About History and Wildlife Conservation
The IDNR is offering a "virtual" trip for late-elementary schoolteachers, students and their parents. With a few mouse clicks, students can journey back to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory when voyageurs and Native Americans hunted the prairies, forests and rivers. Wild Illinois History helps students in grades three through five focus on early French exploration, along with river and settlement geography. Students can learn how wildlife helped Native Americans and early settlers survive. They also can see how wildlife is a part of our lives today. A fictional French trapper in the 18th century Illinois Territory leads students on the trip. Brief story-telling slideshows are mixed with fun, interactive activities. For teachers, Wild Illinois History offers lesson plans, activities, photos, posters and correlations to Illinois Learning Standards. Try it out at