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Starved Rock Natural Resource Coordinator

Lisa SonsNatural Resource Coordinator     
Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks
2678 N. Route 178
PO Box 509
Utica, Il 61373
Ph:  815-667-5356

Are you planning a trip to Starved Rock or Matthiessen State Parks?  Would you like to schedule a guided tour for your group of 10 or more?  Are you interested in planning a field trip for your school, classroom, or youth group?  Please view the information listed below and if interested call or email Lisa Sons who will help you schedule your tour or program!

School Resources

Field Trip Brochure.pdf

First through Third Grade Field Trip Packet.pdf

Fourth through Sixth Grade Field Trip Packet.pdf

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!


Scout Badge in a Backpack Program

The Starved Rock Visitor Center offers several Girl Scout and Cub Scout backpacks.  The program is a self guided toolkit the leader and scouts may complete on their own over the course of a day at the park. 

  • Wolf/Birds
  • Bear/Native American
  • Brownie/Hiker
  • Junior/Animal Habitats

Please email lisa.sons@illinois.gov to reserve one of the backpacks, or stop in at the visitor center's front desk during operational hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

Special Events
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.