Free Public Programs

April 1st – May 26th on Saturdays and Sundays 

10:00am Bison and Elk Chat
Meet on the main bricks pasture overlook
Approx. 15 Learn how our bison and elk herds have developed over the years, about their herd dynamics, unique diet, U of I partnership and get daily calf updates.

11:30am Keeper Chat
Saturdays: Molly the Bear – Meet at the black bear overlook near otters
Sundays: Grey Wolves- Meet at wolf overlook near rehab center
Approx. 15 mins.  Meet park animal care staff and learn about the animal’s age, diet, and their unique personalities.  Feel free to ask questions to learn more.

1:00pm Wildlife Encounter
Meet on main bricks by Dandy, the colt, statue
Approx. 30 mins.  Meet a park Naturalist and a wildlife ambassador.  Learn about the ambassador of the day and how they help us educate.

3:00pm Reptile Chat
Meet at Reptile hall
Approx. 10 mins.  Learn about one of our reptile or amphibians and their importance in the environment.

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May 27th – August 18th Daily

10:00am Down on the farm
Meet in Pioneer homestead area
Approx. 30 mins.  Meet our animal care staff and learn about the care and personalities of our farm animals, watch a pig race and have a chance to pet the horses.

11:00am See the park Each program is approx. 15 mins.
Monday: Native Butterflies
Meet at Kim St John Butterfly Habitat
Take a walk through the beautiful Kim St John Butterfly Habitat while you learn about native butterflies and the garden kept by U of I Master Naturalists.
Tuesday: Pollinators Project
Meet at Pioneer Pavilion
Learn about the collaborative efforts of the park, Ameren, and pheasants forever to create edge habitat for pollinators species to flourish.
Wednesday: Graham Chapel Schoolhouse
Meet at Schoolhouse
 in Pioneer Area
Take a look inside this one room school house and learn what it was like being a student.
Thursday: Recycling at the Park
Meet outside Forest Hall
Learn about our solar-powered trash compactor, play a recycling game with staff and get ideas on what you can do at home to reduce your trash.
Friday: Gardening
Meet at 4H Garden next to the Kim St John Butterfly Habitat
Chat with representatives of the garden, find out what growing this year and exchange gardening tips.
Saturday: How did the Pioneers live?
Meet at the Pioneer Cabin
Step back in time as you walk through and learn the history of this beautiful family cabin.
Sunday: Art in the Park
Meet at “Hope” sculpture on bricks
Learn about all of the beautiful art sculptures that are throughout the park.

2:00pm Bison and Elk Chat
Meet on the main bricks pasture overlook
Approx. 15 Learn how our bison and elk herds have developed over the years, about their herd dynamics, unique diet, U of I partnership and get daily calf updates.

3:00pm Keeper Chat
Meet at the Otter Yard
Approx. 20  mins. Watch our river otters Oakley and Winnie get their dinner and target train with their keepers.
 

*All programs are subject to special events and weather.*