The Kankakee River State Park has released its list of events for October!

Guided hike

At 1 p.m. every Friday, the Visitor’s Center will provide a guided interpretative hike of the Rock Creek and Chief Shaw Trails. The meetup point is at the North Loop Parking Area at the trailhead across Route 102 from the park’s main entrance.

Classic Horror Movie Night

Every Saturday in October there will be a viewing of classic horror movies starting at 8pm. Bring your own snacks, blankets, and chairs.

• Oct. 2: “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

• Oct. 9: “The Birds” (1963)

• Oct. 16: “Psycho” (1960)

• Oct. 23: “Nosferatu” (1922)

• Oct. 30: “Frankenstein” (1931).

Painting class

On October 9, 2021, the painting class event will commence at 3 p.m. Oct. 9.

There would only be $10 donation to join the painting class. The cost will cover the supplies you need for the painting class. If you bring your own tools, the attendance is free.

The event will take plaace at Wildflower Garden at the Kankakee State Park’s Visitor’s Center.

Note that the painting classes for adults and children are separate.

Stream Ecology Day

On Oct. 10 and 24, the Kankakee River State Park is looking for volunteers interested in participating in an ongoing stream habitat project at Rock Creek. This event also will include interpretive education on stream ecology and aquatic wildlife.

Cemetery Walk and Historical Tour

At 2 p.m. Oct. 11, meet at the Smith Family Cemetery at the Kankakee River State Park. The event will include a guided tour and historical talk on the early settlement of the Kankakee area. There is no cost to attend.

Native Talk

At noon Oct. 16, the Visitor’s Center at the Kankakee River State Park will be hosting a presentation by Koria Manning, a representative from the Anishinaabe Nation: Three Fires, also known as the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. The talk will be focused on the Native History of the State Park, the Native significance of the Kankakee Mallow and will include a Land Acknowledgement Ceremony. The cost to attend is free.

Wilderness education

At 10 a.m. on Oct. 22, The Kankakee River State Park will be holding a Wilderness Education Class, focusing on wildlife, naturalism, and wilderness survival. There is no cost to attend.

Night Hike

On Oct 23, join us at the Kankakee River State Park for a guided night hike. The hike will focus on interpretive education on nocturnal wildlife. This event is free. Meet at the North Loop Parking Area across from the main entrance of the park.

For more information about any of the events, please email Adam Minton at


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