14848
Makanda
Intergenerational Outdoor Discovery Camp in Southern Illinois
Challenge yourself and your grandchild in fun and meaningful ways as you canoe, kayak, zipline through the forest canopy, and rock-climb the sandstone bluffs in southern Illinois!
Program No. 14848RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
699
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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 and 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
Makanda, IL
B,L,D
Giant City State Park Lodge and 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
Makanda, IL
B,L,D
Giant City State Park Lodge and Cabins

Breakfast: Lodge restaurant.

Morning: Explore a unique and primordial Cypress Swamp as we canoe over duckweed and navigate through ancient cypress knees. Wildlife sightings may include great blue herons, the endangered barn owl, snakes, and beaver!

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: After paddling the swamp we will head to another natural area to learn about previous cultures and mega fauna through a combination of primitive skills and tools. We will have the opportunity to throw replica atlatls and create our own working bull-roarer, a primitive wind instrument and "ancestor of the cell phone".

Dinner: At the Lodge.

Evening: Wrap up the day with a campfire!

DAY
4
Makanda, IL
B,L,D
Giant City State Park Lodge and 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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