Off the Beaten Path: Exploring the Bluffs of Cave Creek Valley in Pomona, Illinois

Cave Creek Valley is tucked away in the scenic landscape of Pomona, Illinois. Nestled near the Pomona Natural Bridge, this forest service road offers an enchanting journey for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. Begin your exploration by venturing down the gravel road north from Pomona, as if you’re headed towards the Pomona Natural Bridge. As […]

A Journey Through Hunzikers Greenhouse

Tucked away in this serene corner of Murphysboro, Il Hunzikers Greenhouse offers an enchanting escape into a world of vibrant colors and fragrant blooms. With two greenhouses, along with a charming cold tunnel they offer, annuals, perennials, fragrant herbs, flowers, and hanging baskets that overflow with botanical beauty. There’s something here to delight every garden […]

A Sweet Recap: 2024 Maple Syrup Festival

Hosted annually at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature outdoor education center, the annual Maple Syrup Festival once again delighted visitors on March 23rd and 24th, 2024. Located in Makanda, Illinois in Jackson County, this beloved event, includes a vibrant blend of activities, entertainment, and of course, maple syrup. From 9:00 AM to 3:30 […]

Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

Boat Regatta | Carbondale | Jackson County

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta originated at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1974 and continues to this day.

The Big Muddy River – A Brief History

Nestled within the landscape of Murphysboro, Illinois, flows the Big Muddy River, a river with rich heritage and history. Long before Murphysboro graced the maps, the Big Muddy River was a lifeline for early settlers. Known to the French as Rivière au Vase, its waters played a vital role in trade and exploration. In 1818, […]

Shawnee Cave Total Eclipse Festival

Shawnee Cave | Murphysboro | Jackson County

April 5-8, 2024 Shawnee Cave Total Eclipse Festival. We are excited for you to join us and hang out at our picturesque landmark with your cave family and experience this exceptionally rare celestial event. Shawnee Cave Amphitheater is on the path of totality with an over 4 minute duration. Our event will start on Friday […]

Maple Syrup Festival – Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center

Maple Festival

Enjoy two full days of family fun, including a pancake breakfast, maple syrup demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors and artisans, and much more. The festival will take place at our Camp 2 location. What would a Maple Syrup Festival be without a delicious pancake breakfast? Enjoy a home-cooked pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., […]

Festival Lights on September Nights | The 2023 Murphysboro Apple Festival

Lindsay + Tim Stockhecke www.deliciouslyordinary.com With attendance exceeding 45,000 the Murphysboro Apple Festival is anything but small, but somehow organizers have preserved the small-town feeling in spite of the impressive visitor count. When we stopped at their headquarters organizers attributed some of this to the choice to not sell wristbands, describing not wanting guests to […]