First Day Hike January 1, 2024 11:00a.m. - 2:00p.m. at the picnic shelter Campfire, s'mores, hot chocolate Kids crafts and activities Start the year outdoors with a New Year's day self-guided hike, ski or snowshoe. First Day Hikes are a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome in the New Year with family and friends. For the young at heart, come enjoy the natural playground or sledding hill. The parks miles of trails range from easy to difficult. All ages and abilities are welcome.
Thursday, February 15, 2024 @ 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, 2024 @ 3:00 pm Frontenac State Park picnic shelter
Thursday, August 15, 2024 @ 3:00 pm Frontenac State Park picnic shelter
Thursday, November 21, 2024 @ 3:00 pm Frontenac State Park picnic shelter
Falcons Live 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023 The peregrine falcon has long fascinated people for its lengthy migration and amazing flight acrobatics. Sixty years ago, there were none in the Upper Midwest. Today, about 350 nesting pairs make their home in the region. Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society will present this program, which will feature several live birds.
Gather right next to the ranger station for this program.
Nature Hike Saturdays in September, 2023 @ 10:00 am Every August Saturday, interpretive naturalist Bruce Ause will lead an hour-long nature walk atop the bluff area. No matter how much you know about the park, Bruce will surprise and captivate you with his revelations and observations, all delivered with his characteristic gentle good humor. Terrific for adults and kids. Meet at 10 a.m. sharp in front of the new shower building in the park campground.
Prairie Seed Collection 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 FSPA members and volunteers (please join us!) will learn how to collect native prairie plant seeds, and then do so for spring planting purposes. Meet just before 10 a.m. at park headquarters near the park entrance. Seed collections will be conducted in the prairie area across County Road 2 from the park office. Long pants, long sleeves and close-toed shoes are recommended. We’ll provide all materials needed for collecting seeds.
Astronomy Day in the park Saturday, September 23, 2023 @ 8:00-10:00 p.m. Astronomy Day in the park, courtesy of the Rochester Astronomy Club: 8:00-11:00 p.m. Drive to the top of the park and friendly FSPA volunteers will direct you to a parking spot and the event, which will start at the main picnic shelter.
Public sky observing of the young moon 8.7 days after the new moon. You’ll also see the planets Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus, bright stars, double stars and more by telescope with guidance from members of the Rochester Astronomy Club.