Starved Rock Natural Resource Coordinator

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Lisa SonsNatural Resource Coordinator     
Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks
2678 N. Route 178
PO Box 509
Utica, Il 61373


Are you interested in planning a field trip for your school, classroom, or youth group? Please view the information provided below and contact the Natural Resource Coordinator, Lisa Sons at lisa.sons@illinois.gov.   

School Resources

Park History Geology and Ecology Information Packet

Field Trip Brochure

First through Third Grade Field Trip Packet

Fourth through Sixth Grade Field Trip Packet

Kids Corner!

Starved Rock Saplings
Starved Rock Saplings is a new seasonal online program that families can utilize at home, in their neighborhood, or at a local state park such as Starved Rock State Park.  Starved Rock Sapling packets will be added each season during the months of October, January, April, and July.  Have fun and happy trails!




Jr. Ranger Program
Hey, kids!  Starved Rock now has a Jr. Ranger program!  Jr. Ranger booklets are available to pick-up at the Starved Rock Visitor Center during regular operational hours or downloaded below and printed at home.  Booklets are designed for kids ages 5 through 13.  Activities within these booklets can be completed using displays and exhibits inside of the visitor center, and by hiking trails within the park.  Completed booklets can be turned in to the front desk at the vistior center before closing, or mailed to Starved Rock State Park, Natural Resource Coordinator, PO Box 509, Utica, IL 61373 with a self-addressed and stamped (postage paid) envelope.   Those who successfully complete the Junior Ranger booklet requirements will receive a Junior Ranger badge and prize!



Calendar of Events and Program Information

Starved Rock State Park hosts many special event weekends throughout the year. During special event weekends, visitors can hike with guides to see icefalls, bald eagles, spring wildflowers, and the beautiful colors of autumn.  All state programs and events through the IDNR are FREE.