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Buffalo Day at Bison Bluff Farm

Bison Bluff 1565 Bethel Church Rd, Cobden, IL

Buffalo Day, an event that happens twice a year, is an extremely important day for both us and the animals. It is a day in which we assess the animals, get their weights, tag this years calves, and give the animals any help they may require before releasing them back Read more…

How to Get Over Your Fear of Snakes

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

For many people, encountering a snake can be a frightening experience. Join Jeremy Schumacher, Forester and reptile enthusiast, as he discusses these often misunderstood creatures. This program will be held in a con-trolled and self-paced environment with a variety of live species. Registration is required. Meet at the Giant City Read more…

Guided Hike

The River-to-River Trail Society will once again offer a schedule of guided hikes in and near the Shawnee National Forest. All hikes are free and open to the public,  and typically average about four hours in length. Although the hikes vary in level of difficulty, all are intended for people Read more…

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…

Harvest Fest at Alto Vineyards

Alto Vineyards 8515 Highway 127 N, Alto Pass, IL

Music: Ivas John 12:00pm - 3:00pm Music: Diamond Dog 4:00pm - 8:00pm Food Truck: Roots Run Deep 12:00pm - 7:00pm FIREWORKS START AT DUSK (8:00) More at

Grassy Lake Get Down Music Festival

Touch of Nature Environmental center 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda, IL

Get Down to Makanda, Illinois, in October for three days of live music, campfire jams, art, environmental and musical education, a barn dance, kids trick-or-treating, and a full service dining hall. The Get Down Music Festival is a family-friendly event where kids 15 and under attend free.  618-453-1121

Shawnee Sasquatch Festival

Enjoy the full forest vibes right Here in Harrisburg as we enjoy a day full of events including a Guided Hikes, vintage market, 5K, Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Family Activities, Local Shopping, and Live Music Entertainment right HERE in Harrisburg!  618-252-1937 

Color the Town – Anna

Anna Art Center 125 W Davie St, Anna, IL

Everyone, kids and adults, is invited to Color the Town. Paint a masterpiece alone or with 100 friends/families. You will receive a 4 foot by 4 foot square on the sidewalks on East Davie Street and all the supplies needed to paint your square.  Play in the Bounce House!  Paint […]

Goat Yoga

The Ryder Family Farm welcomes yogis and animal lovers to their pastures for a Goat Yoga experience. Goat Yoga brings yogis and animal lovers in contact with goats for uplifting the spirit and relaxing the mind and body. Think this is a case of yoga gone too far? The masses […]