Events & Activities

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, events and programs are may be canceled in order to help protect public health. While we encourage you to continue enjoying the Cache, please make sure you Recreate Responsibly! Remember to socially distance yourself from others, wear a face covering when distancing isn't available, practice proper hygiene and stay home if you are sick. Please monitor for local public health advisories, orders and closures as they may occur.

Nature Movie Topic: Foxes

Thursday, January 14, 2021, Two showings: 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, 618-657-2064.

View a nature film on foxes.
Frog and Toad Survey Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, January 30, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, 618-657-2064.

Try a new venture by assisting in listening surveys of the frogs and toads of the Cache River watershed for the Illinois Natural History Survey! Volunteers are needed for the citizen science project. Materials will be provided for the surveys conducted four times between February and June. Your choice of the designated routes. Gray tree frog photo by William Parmley.
Nature Movie Topic: Squirrels

Thursday, February 11, 2021, Two showings: 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, 618-657-2064.

View a nature film on squirrels.



Hummingbirds-Winged Jewels 

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, Site Interpreter, 618-657-2064.

Get ready for the spring migration of hummingbirds with added knowledge of one of the smallest birds in North America and suggestions for preparing your yard or garden for their arrival. The right habitat will supply these jewels of the sky with enough food resources and nesting opportunities that they will make their home in your neighborhood. Photo by William Parmley.
Nature Movie Topic: Rabbits

Thursday, March 11, 2021, Two showings: 2-3 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, 618-657-2064.

View a nature film on rabbits.


Guided Hike at Cedar Bluff

Sunday, March 27, 1-4 p.m. Ferne Clyffe State Park/Cedar Bluff. For information and directions, call 618-657-2064.

Enjoy a spring walk at Cedar Bluff Natural Area, an annex of Ferne Clyffe State Park, utilizing the Cedar Bluff Trail and Bork’s Falls Trail. Be rewarded with 50- foot bluffs, overhangs, a shelter cave and dramatic views of the early spring landscape. Meet at parking lot for climbers next to Cedar Grove Church, south end of Happy Hollow Road, Johnson County