The Friends of Giant City is a Not-For-Profit Group Organized to Support Giant City State Park
GIANT CITY STATE PARK 2020 EVENTS
JANUARY Hiking the River to River Trail across Southern Illinois Sunday, January 19, 2 - 3 PM In December 2018 Chris Benda hiked the River to River trail from Elizabethtown on the Ohio River to Grand Tower on the Mississippi River and blogged about it as he hiked. Join him as he explains the challenges of this thru-hike, as well as the ecology of the land and plants observed along the trail. No registration required.
Storytime in the Park: Owls Saturday, January 25, 1 - 2 PM What better place to hear a story than Giant City State Park! Join park volunteer Lorie Allen as she reads a fun and interactive story about owls. After the story, stick around to make an easy nature themed craft. This program is open to all but geared toward children 3 - 8. No registration required.
Birding Basics Saturday, February 1, 10 - 11 AM, optional outdoor program to follow 11 AM - 2:30 PM Come learn about the resident birds that ride out the winter at Giant City State Park. Learn key characteristics used for songbird identification and some neat natural history about birds that overwinter at Giant City. After the indoor program, there will be an optional guided bird walk.
Snake Road: A Southern Illinois Treasure Saturday, February 8, 1 - 2:30 PM Snake Road, located in the Shawnee National Forest, is not only a place to find a diverse array of amphibians, reptiles, and other wildlife, but also boasts a rich display of plant life. Join biologist John Palis on a virtual walk of the world-famous Snake Road. John will share his observations of snakes and other natural wonders that Snake Road has to offer. (Please note that this is an indoor presentation at the Giant City State Park Visitors Center.)
The Underground Railroad in Southern Illinois Sunday, February 9, 1 - 2 PM The Underground Railroad was a vast but secret network of travel routes and safe havens to help African Americans escape slavery. Did you know that there were several natural landmarks in the Shawnee that remain as markers of the Underground Railroad activity in Southern Illinois? Join Mary McCorvie, Heritage Program Manager for the Shawnee National Forest, as she discusses the role that southern Illinois played in the Underground Railroad network. No registration required.
Striped Skunk Ecology in Southern Illinois Saturday, February 22, 1 - 2 PM Katelyn Amspacher has a background in wildlife research and conservation. She is currently a PhD student in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory at Southern Illinois University where she studies striped skunks.Katelyn will present an overview of her research that will discuss home ranges, habitat use, survival, denning behavors, and disease in relation to human impact. No registration required.
Storytime in the Park: Fox Saturday, February 29, 1 - 2 PM What better place to hear a story than Giant City State Park! Join park volunteer Lorie Allen as she reads a fun and interactive story about our canine friend the fox. After the story, stick around to make an easy nature themed craft. This program is open to all but geared towards children ages 3 - 8. No registration required.
Hike with a Homeless Dog Saturday, March 21, 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 to 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 and begins on March 1. Please call 618-457-4836.
Storytime in the Park: Trees Saturday, March 21, 1 - 2 PM What better place to hear a story than Giant City State Park! Join park volunteer Lorie Allen as she reads a fun and interactive nature story about trees. After the story, stick around to make an easy nature themed craft. This program is open to all but geared towards children ages 3 - 8. No registration required.
Giant City "Streets" Exposed Saturday, March 28, 10 AM - 11:30 AM The "streets" of Giant City are one of the most well known spots in the park. These rocks are how Giant City gets its name! But, do you know how they were formed or why they look like the "streets" in a city of giants? Join Geologist Joe Devera as he reveals the mystery behind these amazing rock formations! There will be a short presentation indoors then; the hike on the 1 mile nature trail after!
Botanical Names Demystified Sunday, March 29, 2 - 3 PM
"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their rightful names." Botanists communicate about plants using scientific names, but they are often difficult to spell and pronounce. This presentation will teach you the importance of botanical names, how to pronounce them, and what their names mean in a fun and informative way.
Spring Wildflower Walks Saturday, April 4, 11 and Friday, April 17, 10 AM - Noon Trillium Trail in Giant City is one of the best spring wildflower trails in southern Illinois. Join the Natural Resources Coordinator as we meander through the spring woods and take a closer look at these spring beauties. Please register in advance by calling 618-457-4836. This is a moderately difficult two-mile trail with some steep stair climbing.
Friends of Giant City Annual Meeting Sunday, April 5, 1 - 3 PM Would you like to learn more about the Friends of Giant City? If so, why not join us for the annual meeting. At 1 PM, meet Friends members and enjoy refreshments. After a brief business meeting enjoy a special guest speaker. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Friends group or the park is encouraged to attend. Meet at the Visitors Center. The Mysterious Morel Mushroom Saturday, April 11, 1 - 2:30 PM The Morel is one tricky fungus! There seems to be no rhyme or reason to these mushrooms. Park Volunteer, photographer and local nature enthusiast, Gretchen Steele, has some great tips to help you find the sometimes hard to locate Morel. After a brief presentation, we will head out to the field for a small hike. While we may not find any mushrooms, participants will have a chance to learn more about what makes a good mushroom habitat. Please call 618-457-4836 to register.