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Sunup Hikes at Giant City

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

It’s summer in southern Illinois and even though it’s hot and humid, that’s no reason to stop hiking! Roll out of bed and join the Park Naturalist as we get some exercise and take in the early morning woods on one of the 8 park trails. Trails will vary from Read more…

Cooking Wild Mushrooms in Summer

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

Be sure to save room for mushrooms! Join Naturalist and wild food enthusiast Alex Holmes for an introduction to edible summer mushrooms and how to prepare them. Registration is required. registration required.  618-457-4836

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Sunup Hikes at Giant City

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

It’s summer in southern Illinois and even though it’s hot and humid, that’s no reason to stop hiking! Roll out of bed and join the Park Naturalist as we get some exercise and take in the early morning woods on one of the 8 park trails. Trails will vary from Read more…

Rare Plants and Common Lookalikes

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

There are over 400 species of rare plants known from Illinois, but many of them look similar to more common species. This presentation will discuss the identifica-tion of rare plants and explain how to differentiate Read more…

Conundrum of Common Names

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

Learn about the trouble with using common names for plants instead of their Latin name. Join Erin Garrett with U of I Extension and explore some commonly used names that refer to multiple species and dive into the use of the word “weed.” Registration is required.

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 Read more…

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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.

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.

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…

Trek N’ Treat

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

Come to Giant City as we kick off Halloween in the park! Hike the Devil’s Standtable trail for an easy, self-guided hike through the beautiful forest. Along the trail your family will meet our creature Read more…

What Snake is That?

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

It’s a Copperhead......or, is it? It may be chilly out but spring will be here before we know it! Join biologist John Palis as we get a jumpstart on warmer weather by learning how to identify our southern Illinois reptile friends. Registration is required.  618-457-4836

Best of Illinois Nature 2022

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

Botanist Chris Benda (aka Illinois Botanizer) travels throughout Illinois every year, visiting nature preserves, leading nature tours for the public, and en-countering all kinds of neat plants and animals. Join him as he presents photographs highlighting his best nature encounters of 2022. Registration is required. Please call Jennifer Randolph, the Read more…

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