Black Hawk State Historic Site

 
  Calendar of 
  Events

October
Mushroom Program and Walk

Two Mississippi

Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest

November
How to Feed Your Winter Birds

January 2019
Bald Eagle Days

February 2019
Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk

March 2019
Flower and Garden Show

April 2019
Stroll Through Springtime


Black Hawk State Historic Site welcomes you to the following programs  presented by Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation.

These events are sponsored by Black Hawk State Historic Site in cooperation with Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation, providing education outreach for BHSHS since 1972.
 

Mushroom Program and Walk
Saturday, October 6th     9:00 a.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 6th, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. join photographer Jim Frink for an indoor program showing mushrooms/fungi at Black Hawk State Historic Site followed by a walk to observe them in the Black Hawk forest, a Nature Preserve, where no plants or fungi can be collected, only viewed and appreciated. This free program will be held at Singing Bird Center, located north of Blackhawk Rd at 15th St. in Rock Island.


Two Mississippi: An examination of social-ecological change on the Upper Mississippi River

Wednesday, October 17th   6:30 p.m.   Watch Tower Lodge

In 1930 Congress authorized the construction of the lock and dam system on the Upper Mississippi River. This construction guaranteed that the river would remain navigable but forever altered the human and ecological systems. Repeat photography and computer mapping are used to discover how the Upper Mississippi has changed since the beginning of the lock and dam system. This program is co-sponsored with the Sierra Club Eagle View Group.
 

Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest
Tuesday, October 23rd      6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Looking for a Halloween activity aimed at all ages?  On Tuesday, Oct. 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Black Hawk State Historic Site will celebrate Halloween with a short walk in the moonlight to meet some of the Site's special critters, such as chipmunks, foxes, spiders, snakes, bats and more. Hear the animals played by Augustana; drama students tell their story about living in the Black Hawk Forest. Inside Singing Bird Center will be a show and tell by Site naturalist Chuck Wester and refreshments. This free event will be held in and around Singing Bird Center.

 

How to Feed Your Winter Birds
Saturday, November 17th     9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
On Saturday, November 17th9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., naturalist Bob Motz will help you identify birds common to our winter feeders and show the types of foods that attract a variety of winter birds. Binoculars will be provided. The event will be held at Singing Bird Center.

 

Bald Eagle Days

Friday-Sunday January 11-13,  2019
Black Hawk State Historic Site will be at Bald Eagle Days at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.  Admission is $6.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.


Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk

Thursday, February 14,  2019     6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Valentine Indoor Music and Moonlight Walk, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Watch Tower Lodge, Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island. Featuring a stroll outside on a luminary-lit trail. Too cold outside for the walk, come into the Lodge and keep warm by the fire with fresh donuts and juice/cider or hot cocoa. Music will be provided by Just4Fun. Drew Nagle will call the contra-dancing.  FREE   Singles, couples and family friendly.  (309-788-9536 )


Flower and Garden Show
Friday Sunday, March 22-24, 2019
Black Hawk State Historic Site will be at the Flower and Garden Show at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island.  Admission is $8.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
 

Stroll Through Springtime

Saturday, April 27th  7:00 a.m. - Noon
Stroll Through Springtime will take place on Saturday, April 27th from 
7 a.m. until noon at Black Hawk State Historic Site, 1510 46th Ave., Rock Island, IL.  All events are free and participants can come for any or all of the events.

Birds will be the focus of groups from 7-9 a.m. Birders will meet by the Black Hawk statue at the Watch Tower Lodge. Expert leaders will help to locate both resident and migratory birds. Participants can bring binoculars or use the binoculars provided. 

At 9:00 people will move into the Lodge for refreshments, including wild violet jelly, and a short program at 9:30.

At 10:00 in small groups, participants will observe and identify wildflowers. The Black Hawk forest is designated as a Nature Preserve and has many native species of wildflowers. There will be an archeology event led by Ferrel Anderson at 1:00 at the Lodge.




 

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