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Illinois

Outdoor Adventure in Shawnee National Forest With Your Grandchild

Explore the natural beauty of Makanda, Illinois with your grandchild as you canoe, kayak, zipline, hike and rock-climb your way through Shawnee National Forest!
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Program No. 14848RJ
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5 days
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849
Illinois

Outdoor Adventure in Shawnee National Forest With Your Grandchild

Explore the natural beauty of Makanda, Illinois with your grandchild as you canoe, kayak, zipline, hike and rock-climb your way through Shawnee National Forest!
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5 days
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849
Program No. 14848 RJ
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4B 3L 4D
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Known for its local artists and natural beauty, the “hippie town” of Makanda, Illinois is nestled in the hills of Shawnee National Forest, not far east of the Mississippi River. Based at your historic, rustic lodge in Makanda, connect with both nature and your grandchild as you explore Mother Nature’s playground together. Conquer new challenges by canoe and kayak, and rock climb and zipline your way through the national forest. Join naturalists on a hike along wooded, lakeside trails and climb and rappel towering sandstone rocks. Enjoy swimming, fishing, owl-prowling and a campfire to round out your week of outdoor adventure!
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore miles of uninterrupted shoreline by canoe and kayak, stopping to learn about native cultures and practice spear-throwing and other skills used by prehistoric peoples.
  • Learn how to rock-climb on 70-foot sandstone bluffs with experts, and experience the forest canopy on Illinois' only all tree-based zipline.
  • Enjoy the last evening with a beach cookout, a campfire and a sunset pontoon ride.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 9-12. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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5 days
4 nights
11 meals
4 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Arrival/Orientation
Makanda, IL
D
Giant City State Park Lodge & Cabins

Afternoon: Plan to arrive between 4:00 - 5:00 PM for program registration and check-in.

Dinner: Family style in Lodge Restaurant.

Evening: Program overview, introductions, games and swimming!

DAY
2
Hike and canoe
Makanda, IL
B,L,D
Giant City State Park Lodge & Cabins

Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Morning hike at Giant City State Park. Explore the diversity of this mixed hardwood forest, get "lost" among the towering sandstone bluffs and search for critters with our naturalist guides.

Lunch: At the Lodge.

Afternoon: Beginning canoe and kayak techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to try canoeing and kayaking as we explore a scenic southern Illinois lake. Our paddling will take us to a swimming destination.

Dinner: At the Lodge.

Evening: Night hike and Owl Prowl--- search and call for these winged predators.

DAY
3
Zipline canopy tour
Makanda, IL
B,L,D
Giant City State Park Lodge & Cabins

Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Experience the canopy of the Shawnee National Forest by Zipline! Eight ziplines stretch across this tree-based, eco-friendly zipline across the bluffs and through the valleys. Eleven platforms and 3 aerial suspension bridges lie in between this safe, adrenaline filled zipline adventure. We will have a safety presentation and harness instruction. Zipline provided by Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour.

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Learn about previous cultures and mega fauna through a combination of primitive skills and tools. We will have the opportunity to throw replica atlatls.

Dinner: At the Lodge.

Evening: Wrap up the day with a campfire!

DAY
4
Rock Climbing
Makanda, IL
B,L,D
Giant City State Park Lodge & Cabins

Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Rock Climbing on the sandstone bluffs in the Shawnee Hills. Experts will guide us through safety and basic climbing techniques before we traverse the rugged rocks up to 70 feet high!

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing at our lake front beach. Fishing poles and bait will be available.

Dinner: Cookout at the lake.

Evening: Sunset pontoon cruise on the lake!

DAY
5
Program Wrap Up/Departure
Makanda, IL
B

Breakfast: In the Lodge restaurant

Morning: Program wrap up and check out. Independent optional opportunity for swimming and canoeing.






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