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Reptiles and Amphibians of Illinois

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

Come join the park natural resources coordinator and learn about the many reptiles and amphibians found at the park and across Illinois. A few live specimens, which may include a nonvenomous snake, a box turtle, frog(s), and a lizard will be available for viewing (and optional handling). Children will receive handouts to learn more about…

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‘Arts in Nature’ Painting Classes

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

The Friends of Argyle Lake State Park will be hosting two ‘Arts in Nature’ painting classes at Argyle Lake State Park at the park’s visitor center shelter. West Prairie high school Art instructor, Jennifer Cordell and local hobby artist, Terry McConnell will share their passion for painting while instructing participants in creating a nature scene.…

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*Stargazing at the Park*

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

*Stargazing at the Park* Join us for three evenings of stargazing with retired WIU astronomy instructor Tom Van Heuklon and hobby astronomist Larry Knicl. Depending on the date, we will have the opportunity to observe planets including Venus and Mars (June), Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Mars and the Perseids meteor shower (August), Venus, Saturn, Jupiter…

Owls of Illinois

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

Join us for a hootin’ good time learning about the owls that inhabit Argyle Lake State Park. Participants will learn about the owl’s many unique hunting adaptations and its diet by dissecting an owl pellet. We will use a recording of various owl calls to encourage the owls to call back to us. Meet at…

Friends of Argyle Lake State Park Lake Exploration Day

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

Come join the members of the Friends of Argyle foundation for a day of lake exploration! Many activities will be offered which MAY include lake education activities, fishing, kayaking, and pontoon boat rides. FOA will provide hot dogs and drinks and loaner fishing poles will be available. Meet at the lake near the bait shop…

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‘Arts in Nature’ Painting Classes

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

The Friends of Argyle Lake State Park will be hosting two ‘Arts in Nature’ painting classes at Argyle Lake State Park at the park’s visitor center shelter. West Prairie high school Art instructor, Jennifer Cordell and local hobby artist, Terry McConnell will share their passion for painting while instructing participants in creating a nature scene.…

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*Stargazing at the Park*

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

*Stargazing at the Park* Join us for three evenings of stargazing with retired WIU astronomy instructor Tom Van Heuklon and hobby astronomist Larry Knicl. Depending on the date, we will have the opportunity to observe planets including Venus and Mars (June), Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Mars and the Perseids meteor shower (August), Venus, Saturn, Jupiter…

Fall Colors Nature Hike

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

As the breezes become a little brisk and the days begin to shorten, nature begins the process of preparing for the cold winter months ahead. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy nature and the magnificent colors of autumn throughout the park. We will meet at the visitor center at 10:00 a.m. and hike 1-2 miles…

Illinois Bats: Facts and Myths

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

Join us at Argyle Lake as we learn about our only true flying mammal....BATS!!! Local educator and outdoor enthusiast, Mary McMahon will dispel many myths about bats during this informative and entertaining presentation about these mysterious mammals. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to nearby bats feeding on flying insects using an echolocation detection…

Atkinson McCord Cemetery Tour

Argyle Lake State Park 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester, IL

Join park staff for a historical walking tour of the Atkinson/McCord cemetery located on the park’s property. Participants should be able to walk ½ mile on moderate terrain to access the cemetery. Meet at the park visitor center or at the trap range area. For more information, please call (309)776-3422 or email Bridget.Hinchee@illinois.gov.