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Program #17894RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Itinerary for Apr 8 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.

Contact info:
460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com

Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool

Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $69.00-$105.00
Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, April 08 - Check-in at 4.00 p.m
Arrive To: Check-in begins at 4.00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner in the famous CCC built Giant City Lodge

Evening: Introductions and overview. Southern Illinois Natural Divisions presentation.

Lodging: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.

Contact info:
460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com

Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool

Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $69.00-$105.00
Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, April 09 - Visit to Illinois Audubon's War Bluff sanctuary. ...
Visit to Illinois Audubon's War Bluff sanctuary. Several miles of maintained trails wind through the various habitats including upland and bottomland forest, shrub and regenerating forest, ponds and creek beds. Birding and Botany are highlighted.

Breakfast: Family style in the Lodge Restaurant

Morning: War Bluff sanctuary has several miles of maintained trails that wind through various habitats including upland and bottomland forest, shrub and regenerating forest, creeks and ponds. This 500 acre sanctuary is home to a large variety of birds and mammals, as well as a diversity of rare plants, including native orchids. Shawnee Audubon representatives are alway proud to show us around this crown jewel of Illinois preserves. We will explore the trails throughout the morning and afternoon with breaks to relax around the rustic visitor center where the birds come to visit and watch the birders.

Lunch: Picnic style in the field

Afternoon: Continuation of War Bluff field trip.

Dinner: Giant City Lodge restaurant

Evening: Evening presentation on Primitive Art and Tools

Lodging: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.

Contact info:
460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com

Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool

Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $69.00-$105.00
Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, April 10 - Visit to the Cache River Wetlands and the Heron P...
Breakfast: Giant City Lodge restaurant

Morning: Cache River Wetlands/Heron Pond State Natural Area. A designated "Wetland of International Importance" site and prototype for partnerships in wetlands conservation, this wetland complex is a birders paradise! Bird counts confirm the presence of more than 250 species within the Cache River Basin including over 49 species of neo-tropical migratory birds. Cache River birders are likely to see herons, Mississippi Kites, prothonotary warblers, tanagers, vireos, chimney swifts, wood ducks, eagles and black vultures. Pileated, red-head, red bellied, downy, and hairy woodpeckers are found year round. Nestled deep within the shadowy bottomland forest of this area lies Heron Pond dominated by cypress and tupelo trees. A foot bridge over the Cache River leads us to a floating boardwalk which winds its way into the secluded depths of this forested swamp, providing visitors a chance to step back in time and observe wetland ecosystems that have remained relatively undisturbed for thousands of years.

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: Cache River/Heron Pond continued.

Dinner: Giant City Lodge

Evening: An evening Owl Prowl to call for resident Barred, Screech, and Great-Horned Owls.

Lodging: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Found in the heart of the park is Giant City Lodge. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it is in perfect keeping with the spirit of the park. Multi-hued sandstone and white oak timber were two of the native building materials used. The spacious and historic Lodge has a rustic beauty that creates an atmosphere found nowhere else in Southern Illinois. The Bald Knob dining room, with seating for 200, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with an excellent reputation for food and hospitality. You’re sure to enjoy some of the best fried chicken ever if you choose the specialty of the Lodge, our all-you-can-eat Family Style Chicken Dinner.

Contact info:
460 Giant City Lodge Rd
Makanda, IL 62958 USA
phone: 618-457-4921
web: giantcitylodge.com

Room amenities: 2 full beds, privte bath, television, outdoor swimming pool

Facility amenities: Giant City Lodge has private rooms perfect for your special event, banquets, and meetings. The Lodge also features a historic lounge and bar, gift shop, and guest cabins for a quiet getaway. Outdoor swimming pool, numerous hiking trails, Visitor's Center nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $69.00-$105.00
Make reservations with Giant City Lodge. Limited availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, April 11 - Ozarks of Illinois....LaRue Swamp Pine Hills Ecol...
Ozarks of Illinois....LaRue Swamp Pine Hills Ecological Area Shawnee National Forest

Breakfast: In the field or lodge restaurant

Morning: Early morning birding at Giant City State Park followed by field-trip to LaRue Swamp Pine Hills Ecological Area. Unlike anywhere else in Illinois, this is a true extension of the Ozark Plateau into the Land of Lincoln. Short Leaf Pine cling to the cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River Valley where we'll search for eagles, harriers, kites, raptors, warblers and snakes.....Yes snakes. Walk with naturalists as they lead us along the famous "snake road" at the base of Pine Hills. This road is closed seasonally for snake migration. This range of habitats, from towering limestone bluffs adjacent to spring-fed swamps offer a diversity of flora and fauna.

Lunch: Picnic style in the field.

Afternoon: Pine Hills/LaRue swamp/Ozarks of Illinois field trip continues

Dinner: Giant City Lodge.

Evening: Join local songer/songwriter/storyteller/naturalist Curt Carter as he weaves an evening of songs and stories that reflect his love of rivers and passion for the natural world. His songs will take you from the southwestern deserts, to Montana mountains, the re-discovery site of the Ivory-billed woodpecker "Bayou de View" to the Cache River in southern Illinois...... the place he calls home.

Lodging: Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Friday, April 12 - Little Grassy Lake Birding and Wildlife Pontoon t...
Breakfast: Lodge restaurant

Morning: Join us as we pontoon along the shores of beautiful Little Grassy Lake. With over 27 miles of uninterrupted shoreline this is a true gem for southern Illinois. We will comb the coves in search of belted kingfishers, eagles, hawks and maybe even a beaver or a few browsing deer. Check-out and departures by 10:30

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Cache River Wetlands
Shawnee Hills Wine TrailVisit local wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Twelve wineries in the region, 4 within 20 minutes drive of accommodations.
Makanda
Giant City State ParkVisitor's Center, hiking trails, Horseback Riding, fishing
Southern Illinois UniversitySouthern Illinois University campus. Library, seismic lab, athletic games

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Performances

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