Event calendar

Birding by Boat

Event information

Date: Friday, August 16, 2024

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Fee: $20 per person.

Age: Ages 12 or older. (Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult).

Contact: 815-722-9470

Location: McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove

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A great blue heron standing on a log in the water. Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event details

Take your birding to the next level and view them from the water! From a safe distance, explore birds in places that can only be seen by boat.

This program is part of our "Birding by" series. Other programs are as follows: 

This program can be attended as a standalone or in conjunction with other programs in the series.

Event requirements

Registration required by Thursday, Aug. 15: 815-722-9470.


Previous kayaking experience is required, as this is a recreational program and not an instructional paddling program. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet, and don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle. All equipment is provided, including life jackets.

The natural surface launch area is accessible by a paved trail from the parking lot. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.