The Chicago Park District and the Illinois State Geological Survey Partner to Promote Nature-Based Education and Appreciation

Biking along the Chicago Skyline

The Chicago Park District will host a Fall Adventure Day in partnership with the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Northerly Island Visitors Center in Burnham Park, Chicago.

Many educational and entertaining activities for adults and children will be offered near the Northerly Island Visitors Center located at 1521 South Linn White Drive, Chicago. Take this opportunity to learn how to kayak or to improve your skills. Visit with a coastal geologist to learn how Lake Michigan beaches form and change and how Northerly Island was constructed. Paint with your choice of natural muds to create a unique picture. Learn about the geologic time scale and see rocks, minerals, and fossils from Illinois. Discuss Great Lakes invasive species with biologists who work to minimize their impacts. Try your hand at archery and hit the target. Listen as a historian tells the intriguing story of the 1933 World’s Fair held at the park.

This free event is funded, in part, by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Management Grant with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Grant monies were also used to print A Walking Guide to the History and Features of Burnham Park, which blends and explains the geologic, natural, cultural, and historic aspects of the park. These guides will be available to the public at no charge.

Continuing professional development units (CPDUs) are available for teachers. Please email Lisa Anderson ( for further information.

The ISGS, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois on the Urbana-Champaign campus, serves the citizens and institutions of Illinois with the highest standard of scientific research, service, and professionalism by providing earth science research and information that are accurate, objective, and relevant to our State’s environmental quality, economic prosperity, and public safety. The ISGS has provided public geological field trips for over 85 years.

Other divisions of the Prairie Research Institute to participate include the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

For additional information:

Parking for a fee is available next to the Northerly Island Visitors Center

Lisa Anderson, Geoscience Outreach Coordinator
Illinois State Geological Survey
615 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 300-2424

Teishetta Daniel, Center Director, Northerly Island
Chicago Park District
1521 South Linn White Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

phone: (312) 745-2910