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Guided Hike: Frozen Waterfalls of Starved Rock

Schedule and location

Friday, February 21, 2020, noon to 4:00 p.m. (weather date February 28)
Starved Rock Visitor Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
10% of program fees go to support the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to help keep Illinois’s parks
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Explore the frozen waterfalls and watch for eagles on this naturalist-led hike through Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois.

Winter is a special time at Starved Rock. Fewer crowds dot the trails, allowing an opportunity to enjoy the park and watch for signs of wildlife in peace. Waterfalls, which spill over the edges of canyons formed by glacial melt-water and erosion, are frozen in place, creating dramatic winter scenes along the rolling hiking trails. American bald eagles flock to the park in the winter months and take up residence in the trees along the Illinois River.

We will meet at the Visitor Center, hike several of the trails, and take a warming break mid-way through our adventure. Transportation and meals are on your own, though limited space to carpool is available for an additional fee (see details below).

Though the trails are easy walking in the warmer months, wintery conditions can make them considerably more challenging as they may be covered in snow or ice. Good fitness and stability is a requirement for all participants. Traction devices, such as YakTrax, and hiking poles are highly recommended. Dress for extended outdoor activity. Dress in layers, wear synthetic clothes that wick moisture to avoid getting chilled after exertion. Wear shoes or boots with good traction. Drink water; even though it’s cold out, bodies still need to hydrate during physical activity.

Interested in Carpooling?
Ride in the Arboretum van for an additional cost of $10 per person. Space is limited and the carpool fee is nonrefundable. Carpool will leave the Arboretum from lot P-21 at 10:00 a.m. We recommend that carpoolers bring a sack lunch to enjoy before the program begins at noon. Please call the registrar at 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

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Renae Frigo, naturalist

Renae Frigo has been teaching at The Arboretum since 2010. She currently works as the naturalist and manager of natural areas for the Glen Ellyn Park District. Renae has worked in the environmental field since 1994.

Course details

Notes: Held outdoors; please dress for the weather. Distance covered will depend on the ability level of the group, but participants should plan to walk at least three miles over uneven and slick terrain and stairs. Bring water and a snack. Limit 18 

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