Events & Activities

Monarch Phenomenon

Saturday, September 23, 10am-3pm

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

The magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter. Monarch Watch Association has been tagging and monitoring migrating monarchs since 1992. Join us for a program from 10-11am to learn all about monarchs, and then spend the rest of the day capturing, tagging and releasing butterflies. 


Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Cache River Swamp Walk

Sunday, October 1, 2pm-4pm

Location: Cache River State Natural Area, Lower Cache River Swamp Trail

Come along for a walk in the Cache River Swamp at Cache River State Natural Area on Sunday, October 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Lower Cache River Swamp Trail journeys along Buttonland Swamp, Cypress Creek and Cache River. Enjoy the flora and fauna along the trail as the guide points out the different plant species which like this wet forest habitat on the way see centuries old trees of the Cache River basin. This scenic path is easy. 


 Call 618-657-2064 for more details.

Guided Walk to Heron Pond and Little Black Slough

Saturday, October 14, 9am-12pm

Location: Cache River State Natural Area

Enjoy a colorful fall hike along the Heron Pond and Little Black Slough trails, and learn more about the area’s history, flora and fauna. Meet at the Heron Pond Trail parking lot. 


Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Guided Van Tour on Tunnel Hill State Trail

Friday, October 27, four trips scheduled throughout the day

Location: Meet at Cache River Wetlands Center

Enjoy the fall foliage and learn more about the wildlife, history and hydrology of the Cache River Watershed on this guided van tour for senior citizens and persons with physical limitations. The tour will explore a section of the Tunnel Hill State Trail between Vienna and the Cache River Wetlands Center.
Limited seats; please register in advance by calling the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.
Cache Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 9, 6:30-8:30pm 
Location: Carbondale Civic Center
Refreshments, door prizes, Cache merchandise and updates on Friends activities. Featured speaker: Dr. Greg Spyreas, plant ecologist and biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, who will share the most current research on the impact of milkweeds on the survival of monarch butterflies. 

Advance reservations requested: email Paula Havlik at [email protected] or call 217-649-4326.

Winter Plant I.D.

Saturday, November 11, 1-3pm

Location: Cache River Wetlands Center

Discover the beauty of the winter remains of summer-flowering plants and grasses, and learn how to identify them by their seedpods and silhouettes. 

Questions, call the Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064.

Annual Christmas Bird Count

Monday, December 18, 6am-sunset

Location: Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge

This annual all-day census of early winter bird populations has been conducted throughout the U.S. for more than 100 years, resulting in the longest-running database in ornithology. All ages and skill levels welcome. 

Questions, call Cypress Creek at 618-634-2231.