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Conundrum of Common Names

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

Learn about the trouble with using common names for plants instead of their Latin name. Join Erin Garrett with U of I Extension and explore some commonly used names that refer to multiple species and dive into the use of the word “weed.” Registration is required.

Johnson County Went to War 1861-1865

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

Mr. Ed Annable’s presentation will include selected information and quotes from his most recent book, Some Came Marching Home Again—Johnson County Illinois Went to War 1861-1862. In recent years Ed and Diane Annable have published several award-winning books on the history of Southern Illinois. Please join us for an educational Read more…

Reptiles in the Neighborhood

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

Join reptile enthusiast Tony Gerard for an up-close look at snakes, skinks, lizards, and turtles, highlighting characteristics of reptiles found in southern Illinois. The indoor presentation will be at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program concludes with an optional hike on Todd Fink- Read more…

Cache River Days – Ullin

The 27th Annual Cache River Days are planned Sept. 8th-11th at the Ullin Ballpark, 550 Ullin Avenue, Ullin, Illinois. The theme for this year’s festival is “Wings Over the Cache.” Cache River Days will feature a pageant, baby contest, 5K, flea market, food vendors, parade, children’s train rides, bounce houses, Read more…

Spayghetti and a Show – Cobden

The Old Feed Store 111 N Appleknocker Dr, Cobden, IL, United States

The event will feature live music by local favorites, Banjo Joe & Danielle and Hugh DeNeal. Tickets are $10/adult and $6/kid at the door, and include dinner and the show. Children 3 and under are free. The event will feature a silent auction and raffle. Dinner starts at 6pm, music Read more…

Monarch Phenomenon

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

TThe magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Monarch Watch Association has been tagging and monitoring migrating monarchs since 1992. Join us at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, for a program at 10:00 a.m. to learn natural history of Read more…

Which Grass is Which?

Giant City Visitor center 235 Giant City Road, Makanda, IL

While identifying grasses can be tricky, it doesn’t always have to be. Learn the basics of grass identification and how to identify common grasses on your next hike, without learning complex terminology or needing a hand lens. Registration is required.

Fall Mums & Pumpkins at Ryder Family Farm

Come on out to our place for our Fall Open House to get everything you need for fall decorating! We will have pumpkins, mums, eggs, goat milk soap and possibly some produce for sale. We will also have farm animals out for visiting with. We're excited to share our farm Read more…

Glass Hill Hike, Cypress, IL

Cache River Wetland Center 8885 State Route 37 S, Cypress, Illinois

Take a guided nature/history tour of Glass Hill in the Cache River State Natural Area with natural heritage biologist Mark Guetersloh. Glass Hill (also known as Cypress Citadel and Round Bluff) is a sandstone knob covered by upland wood and home to Woodland Indians for many years. Meet at IDNR Read more…

Flyway Fungi Festival

Camp Manitowa 1327 CAMP CEDAR POINT LN, Makanda, IL

Camp Manitowa - Cedar Point in Makanda, IL boasts a gorgeous backdrop for guided mushroom hikes, plant ID hikes, camping, mushroom foraging, educational workshops, mushroom and wellness workshops. Local mushroom and woodland-themed vendors will sell their goods on-site, and live music will play throughout Saturday. Day passes and weekend camping Read more…

Blown Glass Pumpkin Patch

Join us for our annual blown glass pumpkin patch and pick your favorites from over 500 one of a kind glass pumpkins!  Open two weekends in October (8&9 - 15&16) from 10am-3pm every day. Each glass pumpkin is handmade with love right here in Southern IL (the outskirts of Murphysboro Read more…