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Alpaca Valentine’s

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

This is a ticket entry event, purchase tickets here One Ticket Per Person  Saturday, February 11th 9am-2pm Join us on our ranch for a fun, intimate Alpaca Valentine's event! Purchase tickets online on our website What is included: *Adult Ticket: A Gift bag loaded with gifts! Brand new, excusive design […]

Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos – Harrisburg

Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL, United States

Southeastern Illinois College and Ferrell Hospital are teaming up again for the fourth annual Concert for a Cause with Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Feb. 11. Concert for a Cause will be held in SIC’s Deaton Gymnasium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a pasta buffet by Chef Michael […]

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. This year the focus is on Raptors or Birds of Prey. These are hypercarnivorous bird species that actively hunt and feed on other vertebrates Read more…

Hiking 101 at Giant City

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

Southern Illinois has a wide range of hiking possibilities and there are always new trails to discover! Join Hiking with Shawn, Local Shawnee Forest fanatic, as he discusses what to wear, gear, apps to use, tips for the trail and hiking trails you might be unfamiliar with! Registration is required.

Plants of Concern: A Rare Plant Monitoring Program in Illinois

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

The unglaciated terrain of extreme southern Illinois is home to a variety of plant species not found in the rest of the state, making many of them rare in Illinois. Yet the resources available to monitor and protect them are more limited. To alleviate this, the Plants of Concern (POC) […]

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…

Spring book sale Carbondale Public Library

Most books are $1 - eight rooms full of books Brush Building in the CPL parking lot, enter the parking lot on Monroe Street (between Poplar and 51 South)

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 […]

What Frog is that?

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

Spring is almost officially here and the frog calls have started! Join Biologist John Palis as we get a jumpstart on warmer weather by learning how to identify our local frogs by sight and sound. Registration required. Please call 618-457-4836.

Shawnee Polar Plunge

It’s about freezin’ for a reason.  Pounds Hollow Recreation Area will be the chilly site for the Shawnee Polar Plunge into Pounds Hollow Lake to support the Friends of the Shawnee National Forest and the Equality Fire Department. Registration can be made online at Onsite check-in will begin at […]

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.

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. Registration is required for all programs. Please call the Giant City Visitors Center at Read more…