Tag Archives: Nature

Harrah’s Kids Park Day is June 22


Monday, June 22, 2015
Harrah’s Kids Park Day
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

This event that will feature a Snake Exhibit and Birds Activity by Cache River State Natural Area, Animal Science by Animal Tales LLC, will also be featuring live animals, planting activity, and more.

This event is open to the public.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Taste of Tunnel Hill Bike Ride is June 6

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Taste of Tunnel Hill Trail Bike Ride
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Vienna City Park, 298 E. Vine St., Vienna, IL

This is a totally free ride with a donation option in 2015. Due to many constraints the event has become a free ride with bare bones support. With that said, we don’t want to stop riders from across the Midwest to meet up with other riders and enjoy the Tunnel Hill Trail together. Just show up and ride as far as like.  As an unofficial ride we will have no SAG, no manned rest stops for the ride.

Regardless of whether your riding free or you pay, we will have a few volunteers at Vienna Park from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for your convenience and will have minimal snacks and drinks.

If you decide to upgrade to the donation option, which is $20, you will receive a 2015 Ride athletic performance shirt. Note any and all donations from this ride, supply refreshments to riders, pay maintenance of the website and if we have a few dollars left we will make a $100-$200 donation to the Fowler Bonan Foundation’s Clothes for Kids program.

For information or to register, visit Website

Nature Skills School is May 23

May 23, 2015compass
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, Visitor Center
1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis

We invite you to come to Fort Massac State Park for the Nature Skills School. Participants will be introduced to the natural world and learn important outdoor skills such as:

  • Navigation with the use of compass and GPS
  • Fire by friction and with a flint/magnesium fire starter
  • Outdoor shelter building
  • What items to keep in your back pack for wilderness survival
  • Water purification

To register, please contact Fort Massac State Park at 618-524-4712. Admission is free.

Cache River Naturefest 2015 is May 9

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rain or shine
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.

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The 14th Annual Cache River Nature Fest will feature a variety of programs including live animal exhibits and hands-on activities for individuals of all ages. The event focuses on the Cache River Wetlands and the region’s unique diversity of plants and animals. This year’s T-shirt design highlights the green tree frog – a common inhabitant of the Cache River watershed. See flyer.

Staff will provide area information, guided tours and many wildlife watching opportunities. The event is set-up around four areas that include native fish, birds, plants, reptiles and amphibians. Each area includes live exhibits and hands-on activities. Special programs include a close-up view of live birds-of-prey from Free Again Rehab, presentations on monarch butterflies and the annual Jr. Duck Stamp Awards Ceremony. Throughout the day, participants can view or touch live fish, snakes, turtles and frogs, climb into a life-size eagle’s nest, take a taste of Asian carp and see the many animals and plants that live in the Cache River wetlands.

For those who want to venture out in the Cache River Wetlands, guided nature and birding hikes, along with canoe and bike tours are scheduled throughout the day. All trips are on designated trails and will feature natural and cultural history of the Cache.

All activities are free; however, proceeds from the sales of t-shirts, other merchandise and donations will go towards restoration and education projects within the Cache River watershed. For more information about the day’s festivities, visit website.

For more information, or to register for a canoe tour contact: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231

Reblogged from Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau

Cache River Junior Naturalist Day

cache river junior naturalist imageSunday, July 13
Cache River Junior Naturalist Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Rt. 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Explore the ecology and history of the Cache River wetlands through art, hands-on learning, and simply getting out into the wild. Those who complete the program will become a Cache River Junior Naturalist and receive a patch and certificate. This program is recommended for children age 7-15. Remember to bring a lunch. For more information or to register, call 618-634-2231. Website