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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!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also provides a list of monthly events.

     
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Christmas Lights Trolley Tours
Now - Dec. 23, 2018 , 6-8PM
Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas. We do the driving so you can enjoy the light displays in our fully enclosed trolley! Trolleys are heated but we suggest bringing along an extra blanket. Christmas carols are played to help get yo...More Info
Cost: $15/adults $10/kids Event Type: Ongoing Holiday - Fall/Winter
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
(815) 667-4211
Guided Winter Hike
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , 11:00am-2:00pm
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and ...More Info
Cost: $12.00 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
The First Course Tour
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Wednesdays at 6:00p.m.
Ever wonder how Starved Rock got its name, or who built the Lodge? You can learn the answers to these questions and many more while strolling around the Lodge with our knowledgeable guide. Your tour begins in the Back Door Lounge with check in and your own appetizer sampler plate with a beverage of your choice (specia...More Info
Cost: $20 per person? Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
History Trolley Tours
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , November & December?Saturday & Sundays: 12pm & 1:30pm
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386. ...More Info
Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10 (60 and over), Children 10 and under: $8 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes va...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Christmas Trolley Lights Tours
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , 6:00pm-8:00pm
Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas.  Let our staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy light displays in our fully enclosed trolley.  Our trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket...More Info
Cost: Adults: $15 Children 10 & under: $10 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Guided Winter Hike
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , 11:00am-2:00 pm
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. The tour concludes at the Lodge about 2:00 pm. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear proper footwear. In the event of ice and ...More Info
Cost: $12.00 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
History Trolley Tours
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , November & December?Saturday & Sunday: 12pm & 130pm
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386. ...More Info
Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10 (60 and over), Children 10 and under: $8 Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Now - Dec. 31, 2018 , Every Thursday (year round)
Weekly guided hike through Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, I & M Canal and the occasional walk into a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round. The group meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes v...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2668 East 875th Road
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-667-4211
Eagle Watch on the River
Jan. 4, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2019 , 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Take a walk on the paved paths along the Des Plaines River while watching for American bald eagles and other birds wintering around the preserve. Then stop in at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center for a complimentary hot beverage to warm up. Take time to view informative displays about eagles and check out the ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
815.722.9470
Bobcats: The Reclusive Native Cat of Illinois
Jan. 6, 2019 , 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Jennifer Kuroda will cover the history, biology, predator perception, management, and current studies on the bobcat population in Illinois. Pelts, tracks, scat, and mounts will be shown. by Jennifer Kudora of the Illinois Bobcat Foundation ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 N. State Rte 178
Oglesby, IL 61373
815-667-4726
Little Explorers
Jan. 9, 2019 , 10-11:30 p.m.
Children 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 experiencing all typ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Winter Wonder Walk
Jan. 12, 2019 , 1:30-3 p.m.
Explore the wonders of winter on this guided nature hike. We will bundle up and head out on an adventure exploring the island and shores of the Des Plaines River. Then we'll warm back up fireside in the Traders Cabin with some hot cocoa. Please dress for the weather. The program includes hiking less than 1 mile on pres...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Winter Wilderness Weekend
Jan. 12, 2019 - Jan. 13, 2019 , 9:30am, 11:00am & 1:00pm both days
Enjoy the solitude of the winter trails and icefalls at the park with a guided hike by those who know the park best! Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th. Hikes leave the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., both days. ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 North State Route 178
Utica, IL 61348
815-667-4726
Listen for Owls Hike for Adults!
Jan. 19, 2019 , 5-7 p.m.
This outdoor program will have us searching for this magical bird – the owl! We will be quietly listening for the owl serenade. Maybe we will have the chance to hear other creatures of the night as well! Please park at the upper lot. This outdoor activity will take place on natural surfaces across uneven terrain....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove
27110 S. McKinley Woods Rd.
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
Hoot Hike
Jan. 25, 2019 , 6-7 p.m.
Isle a la Cache after dark is not a scary place to be. Discover wHOO is a regular nighttime visitor here. We'll give you some wisdom about owls, share what to look and listen for, and then go out to hike in search of our feathered friends. A naturalist will help the group explore owl habitat and to keep all ears attune...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th Street
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 886-1467
Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock
Jan. 26, 2019 - Jan. 27, 2019 , 9:30am, 11:am, 1:00pm both days
Spotting scopes will be set up at the top of Starved Rock for public viewing of eagles on Plum and Leopold Islands in the river. Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th. 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...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 North State Route 178
Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
Sandstone Tales: Geology of Starved Rock's Past
Feb. 10, 2019 , 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Have you ever wondered how the awesome canyons that produce those beautiful waterfalls were formed? Answers to Illinois geological past as they apply to Starved Rock State Park will be revealed-join us! By Geology Instructor Michael Phillips from Illinois Valley Community College. ...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center
2678 North State Route 178
Utica, IL 61373
815-667-4726
The Scoop on Succulents
Feb. 16, 2019 , 11- a.m. - noon
Join Kevin Eberhard, chief horticulturalist from the Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory, to get the scoop on succulent plants! Eberhard will discuss a variety of succulents and general care. Live plants will be present and a demonstration will be given on how to propagate them. This program will be held indoors in ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
(815) 722-9470
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
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/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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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

 


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