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  • Spirit of Peoria

    Docked at Downtown Peoria’s Riverfront Park, the paddle wheeler, Spirit of Peoria, embarks on regularly-scheduled cruises to various Illinois River destinations including Starved Rock State Park,Pere Marquette State Park and Saint Louis Riverfront. One-hour public sightseeing cruises are also scheduled on a regular basis, as are various theme cruises such Read more [...]

  • Spoon River College Arboretum

    Nestled along the edge of an old growth oak-hickory forest, Spoon River College lies 4 miles southwest of Canton. It is a public community college and hosts a network of nature trails traversing a 10-acre arboretum. With the Ezra J. Clark outdoor theatre as its centerpiece, Spoon River College Arboretum Read more [...]

  • Spring Lake Nature Park

    This small city park is an amazing gem for wildlife of all kinds, but especially birds! The park contains spring-fed creeks, a beautiful sandstone cliff formation with a waterfall, a well-maintained, and handicapped accessible trail system, and a diverse array of flora and fauna typical of central Illinois. There is Read more [...]

  • Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

    Once the main channel of the Illinois River, Spring Lake is now geologically classified as a “meander scar, an abandoned channel of the river. Guarded by a high sandstone bluff, this 1,946-acre site is one of the few areas where upland pine forests still exist along the river. Spring Lake Read more [...]

  • Springdale Cemetery Savanna

    In the heart of Springdale Cemetery, one of central Illinois’ largest and most historic cemeteries, there is a small remnant of native tallgrass oak savanna. This increasingly rare ecological community once dominated the bluffs overlooking the Illinois River in the Peoria area. A dedicated group of volunteers is restoring this Read more [...]

  • Starved Rock State Park

    Starved Rock is one of the premier natural areas in the Midwest. There are 18 canyons cut by melting glaciers at the end of the ice age. They sparkle seasonally with waterfalls or ice falls. Fifteen miles of trails traverse old growth forests and sandstone bluffs with an amazing diversity Read more [...]

  • Tante Park

    At just 40 acres, Tante Park is one of the quietest and most secluded of Pekin’s natural area parks. Its Woodland Wildflower Trail runs along a creek bank, and past many old growth sugar maple, white ash, black cherry, and hawthorn. The southern end of the trail terminates at quite Read more [...]

  • The Llama Farm

    The Llama Farm maintains a breeding herd of carefully selected llamas which have resulted in many Grand Champion males and females. Owners Frank and Judy Hofreiter maintain the highest degree of quality possible in their breeding, medical care and herd management programs. Close relatives to the camels, llamas are smaller, Read more [...]

  • Toluca Coal Mine Park

    In 1893, the Santa Fe Railroad purchased 11,000 acres here, and authorized the Devlin Coal Company to mine the site. Peak production occurred in 1905, with well over 700 workers extracting 379,000 tons of coal. The mine closed in 1924, leaving behind two massive residual slag heaps.

  • W.H. Sommer Park

    Owned and operated by the Peoria Park District, William H. Sommer Park is primarily a reservation-only facility for private groups from April through October. However, this secluded 320-acre park also offers a variety of public events throughout the year including Kite Day, Blacksmith Demonstrations, Indian PowWow, Hayrides/Live Music and numerous Read more [...]

  • Warnecke Woods

    Warnecke Woods is a 33.5-acre botanical gem that was donated to the Bureau County Natural Resources Conservation Service District in 1984 by Marie Warnecke. Ecologically, the site is a mix of rare black oak/black maple savannah, swampy floodplain forest dominated by swamp white oak, and abandoned agricultural land which is Read more [...]

  • Weber House and Garden

    The Weber House, built by Ernest and Zelma Weber in 1937, is a storybook Tudor cottage which sits in an English garden with a path meandering through foxgloves, hollyhocks, and old oaks. The tour begins at the street side red gate which opens into the garden and its statues and Read more [...]

  • Wightman Lake Wetland Management Unit

    This 41-acre wetland restoration project was initiated by Ducks Unlimited and then turned over to IDNR. In addition to its benefit to migrating waterfowl, the Wightman Lake project has become a showcase for how naturally functioning ecosystems can be restored on frequently flooded cropland. Tree seedlings were planted across approximately Read more [...]

  • Wildlife Prairie Park

    Step foot into the natural beauty that is native Illinois. Wildlife Prairie Park is a unique spot in central Illinois that is home to a variety of native Illinois plants and animals alike. Take a hike through the animal trails and see our diverse animal life ranging from river otters Read more [...]

  • Witness Tree

    Bureau County’s Witness Tree is a 250-year-old bur oak which has served as a landmark and meeting site for at least 200 years. This mammoth oak’s burly trunk measures 14 feet in circumference with a branch spread of over 80 feet. The bur oak is a seminal Midwestern prairie tree Read more [...]

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