2020 Field Trips for Grown ups!

In 2020, RiverBank Lodge in Petersburg, IL and the Menard County Tourism Council teamed up for the inaugural series of interactive nature and history tours that we called, “Field Trips for Grown Ups”.  Our goal was to provide a unique educational series of short field trips to interesting places.  We do not have dates yet for this year, but if you are interested call (217) 632-0202!



Starhill Forest Arboretum Guided Walking Tours (Sept. 22nd, 29th, and Oct. 7th, 14th, 28th, 2020)

The first event includes a walking tour of a much renowned research and teaching facility known worldwide for the study of trees;  Starhill Forest Arboretum is home to 50 acres of rolling, diverse land including hills, creeks and slopes facing all directions as well as level land.  Starhill Forest has 2,500 documented types of trees and shrubs, and includes the most comprehensive living oak collection in North America.  In addition you’ll see prairie plants, pollinator species, hapbitats for birds and other wildlife, and more than two dozen original tree cultivars.  Founded in 1976 by Guy and Edie Sternberg, Starhill Forest Arboretum was the first of more than 1,000 arboreta worldwide to be certified by the international accrediting system ArbNet.


Emiquon Nature Preserve and Dickson Mounds Museum Guided Tours (Sept 23rd, 30th, and Oct 6th, 13th & 27th, 2020)

These tours will be led by Dr. Michael Wiant, who will explain the rich history of the Illinois River Valley inhabited by mammoths, mastodons and musk ox.  The area was shaped by a flood 30 miles wide and 100 feet deep and was home to 600 generations of Native Americans.  The physical tour of Emiquon will explore the terrain of one of the country’s largest wetland restorations.  Go behind the scenes at the Dickson Mounds museum to learn about the area’s early inhabitants and their ways of life.

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Details you’ll want to know..

Tours will be held RAIN OR SHINE as there are covered venues for much of the tours.  Presentations will be outdoors and distancing will be observed.  Masks are required.  Dickson Mounds Museum will include a special ‘behind the scenes’ look,  and the group size will be limited to follow safety guidelines.  Attendees will travel as a caravan to each site in their own vehicles.

  • Tickets are $75 for Tuesday tours, which includes a box lunch and dinner.
  • Wednesday tours are $55; box lunch included.