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Campfire at Giant City Park

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

Join campfire program veteran “Short Face Bear” for interactive fun, music, and stories with an appreciation for nature, the timeless space of campfire, and our wonderful Giant City State Park. Registration is required. Please call Jennifer Randolph, the Natural Resources Coordinator, at 618-457-4836. This program is free and open to Read more…

Alpacas and Wine at StarView Vineyards

StarView Vineyards 5100 Wing Hill Rd, Cobden, IL

 Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch will be bringing their fuzzy friends to the vineyard! Sip on award winning Southern Illinois wine while visiting with cute, fluffy friends! Pop-up Alpaca Boutique stocked with alpaca goodies! There will be a new Alpacas and Wine T-shirt design available for purchase this year! Family friendly Read more…

Praise the Lard Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off

 The Warehouse, 214 N. 17th Street, Murphysboro. This ‘must-attend’ barbecue circuit event draws teams from across the United States to compete for over $25,000 in prize money. Nationally recognized as one of the best places to experience and celebrate the competitive barbecue circuit lifestyle, the Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) and 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 Illinois Ozark Tour

Shawnee Community College 8364 Shawnee College Rd, Ullin, Illinois

Alpaca Farm Days

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

Annual National Alpaca Farm Days! Our ranch will be open to the public for free this weekend! Saturday September 24th 10am to 4pm Sunday, September 25th 10am to 4pm Crown Brew Coffee  will be here! Coloring  pages for kids, meet the alpacas, feel their fleece, see demonstrations, walk the ranch and experience Read more…

Bats of Giant City

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

University of Illinois Wildlife Extension Specialist, Joy O’Keefe, knows bats and what better place to lean about our furry friends than Giant City State Park! We will begin with a short talk and then walk a trail with acoustic bat detectors. Registration is required. 618-457-4836.

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…