The Friends of Giant City is a Not-For-Profit Group Organized to Support Giant City State Park
GIANT CITY STATE PARK 2019 EVENTS
JUNE Junior Naturalist Day Camp June 24 - 28, 9AM --Noon Designed for kids ages 6 - 9 years old, this week long program of nature fun will explore creeks, woods, and rocks looking for insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and flowers! Each day will be a different theme and will include a game and take-home craft. Reserve a spot for your child for one day or all five! Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 618-457-4836 for more information.
Amazing Mammal Babies Saturday, July 6, 2 - 3 PM Head out to Giant City to join Bev Shofstall from Free Again Wildlife Rehab as she introduces us to some of her amazing mammal friends! This program is recommended for all ages and will be held outdoors at Shelter #3 by the Giant City Nature Trail. No registration required,
Sunup Hikes Friday, July 12, 19, 26, 6:30 - 8 AM It's summer in southern Illinois and even though it's hot and humid, that's no reason to stop hiking! Roll out of bed and join the Park Natural Resources Coordinator as we get some exercise and take in the early morning woods on one of the 8 park trails. Trails will vary from 1 - 3 miles and will be moderately difficult with some steep stair climbing. Meet at the Giant City Visitors Center. No registration required.
Illinois Orchids Sunday, July 28, 2 - 3 PM Illinois is home to over 50 species of orchids, and many are very rare. This program will discuss the natural history of orchids and present photos of all the species native to Illinois. No registration required.
Reptiles! Saturday, August 17, 1 - 2 PM Here at Giant City, Reptiles and amphibians hold a special place in our hearts. Join Jeremy Schumacher, Forester and reptile and amphibian enthusiast, as he discusses these often misunderstood creatures and shows off several live species.
Hike with a Homeless Dog Saturday, September 7, 10 AM - 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. The first hike will run from 10 - 11 AM and the second hike will run from 11 AM - noon. What a great way to give our canine friends a little exercise and maybe, help them find a fur-ever home. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please call 618-457-4836.
Owls of Giant City Friday, October 4, 6 - 7 PM Whoooo said Giant City has owls? I do, that's whoooo! 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 6:30 PM to dissect an actual owl pellet before the presentation! This will be a weather dependent outdoor program. No registration required. We will met at shelter #3.
Journey of the Monarch Saturday, October 5, 1 -2:30 PM Every fall thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate south to Central Mexico! Giant City State Park is a great stopping point for these small creatures. Come out and help the University of Kansas track these insects by participating in a tagging program. There will be a short introduction, and then we will head out to the field to catch and tag as many migrating Monarchs as we can find. The program is free and open to the public. Please call the Giant City Visitors Center at 618-457-4836 to register or for more information.
Fall Photography Workshop Saturday, October 12, 1 - 2 PM The leaves are changing color and the air is cool and crisp! What a great time of the year to dig out the camera and head out to Giant City for a fall photography workshop. Gretchen Steele, local wildlife photographer, will share tips and techniques for taking great outdoor shots! No registration required.
Kids in the Woods Saturday, October 12, 6 - 8 PM Who prowls the Night? Meet at the group campground to take a night hike, call for owls, and find other nocturnal animals. Enjoy s'mores at the campfire after the hike. No registration required.
Trek N' Treat Saturday, October 26, 2 - 4 PM 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 most misunderstood creatures that call Giant City home! Treats for all of the hikers! Trail is roughly 1/3 of a mile, and will take 20 - 30 minutes. No registration required. Arrive at the Devil's Standtable anytime between 2 and 3:30 PM.
Forest Hike Saturday, November 2, 1 - 3 PM 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.
DECEMBER Illinois Botanizer's Best of Illinois Nature 2019 Sunday, December 8, 2 - 3 PM 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 at the Giant City Visitors Center.