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Maple Syrup Festival

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

Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Touch of Nature. A family-fun event, 9am to 3pm. Learn the process of making maple syrup from the woods to the kitchen. Maple syrup demonstrations, interpretive hikes, blacksmith, hide tanning, silk embroidery, furniture making, and local artisans and vendors. A home-cooked pancake breakfast Read more…

Beekeeping for Beginners

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

Discover the basics of backyard bee keeping! Join local bee enthusiasts Angie and Colin Kuehl as they discuss getting started with bee keeping. The benefits to bee-keeping extend beyond just pollination and honey! Head out to the Visitors Center and find out how you can get started. This program is Read more…

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail – Wine & Food Pairing Weekend

All 11 wineries on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail have paired up to create a wonderful weekend of savory wine and cheese pairings. We invite you to join us for a progressive tasting along the trail and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of our wines paired with delicious samples. www.shawneewinetrail.com

Dirty South Roubaix Bike Race

100k+ as the main event of the day, but will also offer a shorter course for anyone who doesn't want to tackle the full 100k. The short course will be somewhere near half of the 100k. Don't worry, it will still have hills and gravel ;) The racers from the Read more…

Ancient Art of Flint Knapping

Davie School Inn 300 Freeman St, Anna, IL

A fun and rewarding hands-on learning experience with some of the best of expert flintknappers in the Midwest, Larry Kinsella and Don Stormer. In this workshop - which is open to both beginners and advanced knappers - they will share the ancient methods of creating usable flint tools for hunting Read more…

12 Mile Red Cedar Hike

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

For the experienced long distance hiker wishing to take a more challenging guided hike, now is your chance! Join Mary Boehler, park volunteer and Master Naturalist, as she leads participants along this 12 mile backpacking trail. This hike will take a minimum of six hours to complete and will be Read more…

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Nature movie at the Cache River Wetland Center

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

Visit the Cache River Wetland Center and enjoy a free movie on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3, or in the evening from 6 to 7. Feb. 10:  Spiders:  Watch the screening of Webs of Intrigue to enter the world of the spider an expert weaver and a skilled hunter Read more…

Sap Moon Moon Paddle on the Cache River

Join us as we kick off the year with a paddle in the Cache River Wetlands under the full moon. At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworms to become active, inviting the returning summer birds to feed—a true sign of spring. Roots also Read more…

Full Moon Hike

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

Hike the 3/4 mile Indian Creek Trail in the dappled moonlight with interpretive guide Steve Gariepy. Consider the nocturnal activities of forest animals, of native people who once sheltered there, and explore our own senses and relationship to the night. Registration required.

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Birding Hike

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

March is a great time to look for spring migrators in Giant City! Join Vicki Lang-Mendenhall, park volunteer and Southern Illinois Audubon Society member, as she guides participants along the 3/4 mile Indian Creek Nature Trail on March 26th and, the 1/3 mile Post Oak Trail on March 30th. Sign Read more…

Learn how to Evaluate the Natural Quality of the Landscape using FQA

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

Knowing the vegetation present on your property can guide management and land practices. This program will explain the power of using floristic quality analysis (FQA) to interpret the landscape, including a discussion on coefficient of conservatism values and natural quality indicators. Registration required.

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Birding Hike

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

March is a great time to look for spring migrators in Giant City! Join Vicki Lang-Mendenhall, park volunteer and Southern Illinois Audubon Society member, as she guides participants along the 3/4 mile Indian Creek Nature Trail on March 26th and, the 1/3 mile Post Oak Trail on March 30th. Sign Read more…

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