Breakfast served family-style in the St. Noel Center's dining area.
This morning we'll visit the northern-most cypress swamp in America. The Coastal Plain natural division makes its northern-most reach into the southern tip of Illinois offering a rare opportunity for scenery more characteristic of the South. Feel like you're in Louisiana as you stroll on floating boardwalks among the trees. The Barkhausen Wetlands Center is a state-of-the-art visitors center that interprets in great detail through pictures and displays the incredible story of the natural and cultural history of the Cache River Basin. Go on a through hike from Wildcat Bluff, through Little Black Slough, observing the great diversity of wildflowers, trees, and migrating birds.
Depending on time and weather, we will enjoy a picnic lunch either at the Wetlands Center, at a picnic area near the state champion bald cypress tree, or somewhere on the trail. Lunches will be made and packed up after breakfast before we depart for the day.
After lunch, travel through the Heron Pond area where visitors can stroll out on a floating boardwalk that winds through cypress and tupelo trees. See the state champion cherry bark oak tree, hike beneath ancient bald cypress trees, and search for bald eagles. End the hike at parking lot where the vehicles will be waiting for you.
Enjoy a delicious Camp Ondessonk tradition! Our foil dinners will be prepared on a bed of hot coals. Burgers, fresh fixin's, and the works, all enjoyed in the evening fresh air.
After dinner, come sit around the campfire, roast marshmallows, or join us in exploring the enchanted nocturnal world with a night hike, where we'll listen to the distant calls of the coyotes, Great-Horned and Barred Owls. Or take part in an astronomy lesson, where you'll see the stars like never before. If you're tired from today's adventures, enjoy some time to relax in the common area of St. Noel and enjoy a good card game with new friends as you recharge for tomorrow.