Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Learn about dragonflies and damselflies!

August 13, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Our annual river event is back as we will again explore the river for a hands-on learning opportunity about the Mackinaw River’s amazing aquatic diversity at ParkLands’ Chinquapin Bluffs Land & Water Reserve . The entrance is on the south side of the preserve and the directions can be found here.  Yes, we’ll find mussels, but we’ll also find darters, microinvertebrates, macroinvertebrates, and more. This year we will also be learning about Dragonflies and Damselflies!  This is an event for all ages!

ParkLands volunteers will lead a 0.5 mile hike to the river, where guests will then wade into the water guided by local stream ecologists in two groups; one surveying mussels and the other will look for macroinvertebrates.  A shuttle will also be available for transport to the river.  This is appropriate for any person able to wade in a foot of water (depending on river levels). Please wear water shoes, bring a towel, sunscreen and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. We suggest a dry change of clothes for the ride home.  Admission is $5 for ParkLands members and $10 for non-members.

Registration Here!



August 13, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


ParkLands Chinquapin Bluffs South Gate
Carlock, IL
+ Google Map