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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 listed below as well as the Field Trip Brochure and Calendar of Events Brochure.  Tours outside of the normally scheduled park guided tours, Sunday programs, and seasonal special events can be arranged through the Natural Resource Coordinator, Lisa Sons.  Tour times and dates that fall on holidays and weekends are not always feasible due to staffing and elevated park attendance in the months of April through October.  Youth groups such as school field trips and scout outings can be accommodated on Wednesdays or Thursdays, between the times of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with a duration of 1-2 hours. Group requirements of 10 minimum to 30 maximum please.  


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 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!

Events, Programs, and Ranger Led Tours
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.  

Pre-Registration needed for some hikes, programs, and events.  
Registration posts exactly 1 month prior to the date of the hike, program, and event.