Mushroom Program and Walk
Saturday, October 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
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
Meet the Unhuggables of the Forest
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
Saturday, November 17th
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
November 17th, 9:30
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
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 )
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
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 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