Events at Starved Rock

 Events 2022

 All state park events can be found on the IDNR homepage under Upcoming Events.  


Starved Rock State Park events, programs, and hikes listed on this website are operated through the state park staff (IDNR) on-site and begin at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.  

All IDNR programs are FREE.



Programs

  • Sunday afternoon programs are made possible by funding through the park's not-for-profit friends group the Starved Rock Foundation and through donations from visitors and the local community.  Sunday programs are free but donations are welcome to help the Foundation pay for program presenters.  Programs are first-come, first-seated and our auditorium can handle up to 80 visitors at a time.  


  • The Women's Wilderness Workshop set for November 12, 2022, has been canceled.  
  • The December Winter Solstice Hike has been canceled. 

Children's Programs

  • Second Saturday of the month children's programs called Starved Rock Saplings Story Time are also made possible by funding through the park's not-for-profit friends group the Starved Rock Foundation.   
    • Please register by emailing lisa.sons@illinois.gov.  
      • Fall Leaves and Trees, Saturday, 10/08/22 at 9:15 a.m. 
      • Foxes of Starved Rock State Park, 11/12/22 at 9:15 a.m. 
      • Where Did All of the Animals Go?  Hibernation and Migration, 12/10/22 at 9:15 a.m. 

Art/Photo Shows and Workshops
  • Art in the Park Workshop
    • Second Sunday of January, April, July, and October at 1 p.m. 

  • Starved Rock Art Show
    • Starved Rock Visitor Center Auditorium
    • First weekend of February through the second weekend of March.
    • Open to the public for viewing.
    • Entries due to the Starved Rock Visitor Center by the last weekend of January (closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
    • Entry Form must be read carefully and completed for each art piece before submitting pieces for the show. 
    • Pieces cannot be mailed in or returned to the artist by mail.
    • Those pieces that do not follow the guidelines set forth in the entry form will not be shown.
      • Entry form will be posted soon.  

  • Annual Starved Rock Photography Show (ENTRY FORM REQUIRED)
    • Starved Rock Visitor Center Auditorium
    • First weekend of December through the second weekend of January.  
    • Open to the public for viewing.
    • Entries due to the Starved Rock Visitor Center by the Sunday before Thanksgiving (closed on Election Day and Veterans Day)
    • Entry Form must be read carefully and completed for each photograph before submitting photos for the show. 
    • Pieces cannot be mailed in or returned to the photographer by mail. 
    • Photographs that do not follow the guidelines set forth in the entry form will not be shown.  

Special Events
  • Fall Colors Weekend, October 15 and 16, 2022.  Guided hikes at 10 and 1 p.m. both days. 

  • Ghosts of Starved Rock's Past, October 29, 2022.  Guided hikes every 15 minutes from 6:30-7:30 p.m

Hikes and Tours

Please note that each event or program requiring registration online does not open online until exactly 1 month before that program or event's date!! 

Register Here