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Wednesdays are wild at Starved Rock Lodge

UTICA — Is there a better way to learn more about the nature that surrounds you than to spend some time out in it? The activities staff at Starved Rock Lodge doesn’t think so.

For the second summer in a row, the Lodge will offer Wilderness Wednesdays at 3 p.m. beginning on June 5 and running through August at Fox Ridge, the Lodge’s outdoor education/entertainment venue.

“We’re excited to welcome experts on a variety of topics to the Lodge this summer,” said Edna Daughtery, activities director for the Lodge. “Last year was a great year for Wilderness Wednesday and 2013 brings quite a few new topics to Wednesday afternoons.”

Each Wednesday will introduce participants to a different nature education topic. The season kicks off with a workshop called “Zentangles, the Art of the Doodle.” Ellen Baransky of Urbana will lead this workshop meant to bring participants to a point of being more in tune with nature and releasing the artist within through something as simple as a doodle.

Other programs for the year include weather, falconry, bees, wild birds, owls, insects and geology. Also included in the series of programs are two visits from Deb Moreland’s Furry Friends. Their workshop will include a petting zoo where participants can interact with a variety of every day mammals and perhaps more exotic species.

Wilderness Wednesday is a free event and programs are designed for all ages. Some programs will include a make and take activity. A full schedule for Wilderness Wednesday and other summer events taking place at the Lodge are available on the Lodge’s website www.starvedrocklodge.com.

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