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235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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August 2020

Identifying Grasses Made Easy

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, August 15, 10am-Noon Identifying grasses can be tricky! Join Erin Garrett with the U of I Extension to learn tips and techniques to help you identify 30 different grasses in southern Illinois. After the presentation, take a hike with Erin to identify grasses in Giant City. Please register by…

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September 2020

Reptiles and amphibians

September 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, September 5, 1-2pm Here at Giant City, reptiles and amphibians hold a special place in our hearts. Join Jeremy Schumacher, Forester and reptile/amphibian enthusiast, as he discusses these often misunderstood creatures and, shows off several live species. No registration required.

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October 2020

Waterfowl Identification Workshop

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, October 3, 1-2 Waterfowl identification is often difficult for both new and experienced enthusiasts. Fortunately, waterfowl are fairly large birds and with clues such as size, silhouette, flight patterns, vocalizations and plumage identification will be a snap. No reservations required.

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Hike with a Homeless Dog

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, October 10, 10am-Noon Giant City is partnering with Wright Way Animal Rescue to get our four legged and two legged friends out for a hike together! Participants will have the opportunity to walk either the moderate one-mile Giant City Nature Trail, or the easy 1/3 mile Devil’s Standtable Trail.…

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Owls of Giant City

October 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, October 17, 2-3pm Whoooo said Giant City has owls? I do, that’s whooooo! Join Beverly Shofstall from Free Again Wildlife Rehab as she introduces us to some live owls that you may find at the Park. Arrive at 1:30pm to dissect an actual owl pellet before the presentation! This…

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Trek N’ Treat

October 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, October 31, 2-4pm 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 characters who will teach you about some of the wonderful and…

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November 2020

Forest Hike

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, November 7, 1-3pm Join Community Forester, Jennifer Behnken, on the Giant City Nature Trail as she discusses tree identification, Illinois forests, wood products, cultural history, and invasive species. This will be a fun interpretive hike focused on trees and forests. No registration required. Meet at Shelter #3 parking lot.

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Beginning Watercolor Painting with Fall Colors

November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Sunday, November 8, 1-3pm An introduction to using landscape and nature themes in watercolor by local artist, Marie Samuel, will cover several ways to simulate texture in a two hour guided step-by-step lesson suitable for all levels of experience. Dry brush, wet into wet, use of salt and rubbing alcohol…

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Story Time in the Park: Terrific Turkey

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, November 14, 1-2pm What better place to hear a story than Giant City State Park! Join park volunteer Lorie Allen as she reads a fun and interactive nature story about Turkeys. After the story, stick around to make an easy nature themed craft. This program is open to all…

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December 2020

Illinois Botanizer’s Best of Illinois Nature 2020

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Sunday, December 6, 2-3pm Botanist Chris Benda aka “Illinois Botanizer” travels throughout Illinois every year, visiting nature preserves, leading nature tours for the public, and encountering all kinds of neat plants and animals. Join him as he presents photographs highlighting his best nature encounters of 2019. No registration required. Meet…

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Story Time in the Park: Wonders of Winter

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Giant City Visitor center, 235 Giant City Road
Makanda, IL 62958
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Saturday, December 12, 1-2pm What better place to hear a story than Giant City State Park! Join park volunteer Lorie Allen as she reads a fun and interactive nature story about Winter. After the story, stick around to make an easy nature themed craft. This program is open to all…

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