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Alpaca Valentine’s

Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch 1335 Hall Church Rd, Makanda, IL

Join us for a fun, laid back Alpaca Valentine's event! We are keeping this event smaller and exclusive to give you and your loved one(s) a more private experience. This event is limited and requires purchase of one of the Event Ticket packages to attend. Event Tickets are available in Read more…


Art in the Park at Giant City State Park

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

What better setting than outdoors at Giant City State Park to get creative and learn how to watercolor paint! Join local artist, Anne Krippenstapel, for a leisurely afternoon of creating art inspired by nature. This is a free program and all sup-plies will be provided. Registration required. Please call 618-457-4836 Read more…

Civil War Weekend

Anna Art Center 125 W Davie St, Anna, IL

(904) 625-1109

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…

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…

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…

St. Patty-Gras

WDBX Community Radio and the Hot Hot Hot Gumbo Pot are hosting the 3rd Annual ‘St. Patty-Gras Fundraiser on Friday March 11 & Saturday March 12, 2022 at The Rt. 51 Brewing Company in Desoto Illinois. Festivities begin at 6pm on the 11th with the Deciders and then Cornet Chop Read more…

Calling All Owls

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

Swoop on in to learn all about the owls of southern Illinois, then head out into the cool dark night to listen for the familiar calls. After the indoor program at 6 p.m. with natural heritage biologist Mark Guetersloh, there is an option to drive to Wildcat Bluff where Mark Read more…

Kinkaid Lake Trail Hike

Hike Kinkaid Lake Trail at Crisenberry Dam. This moderate 5-mile hike offers views of the lake, rock ledges, canyon and cave. From Murphysboro, go west on 149 about 6 miles, turn right on Spillway Road, go 1.5 miles to small parking area. Bring water and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Call the leader, Read more…

“History Under Foot” program

Vienna Public Library 401 Poplar St, Vienna, Illinois

The Johnson County Genealogical and Historical Society Program:  Mark Motsinger will present "History Under Foot."  contact Gary Hacker