Program basics:

PLEASE CALL US AT 847-428- OWLS(6957), OR EMAIL STILLMAN AT: TO MAKE RESERVATIONS for programs. Remember to include your name, phone number, and the number of people that will be attending. If not enough people have called prior to a program, the activity could be canceled. 


Please note that the Stillman Nature Center is available during the week, by reservation, to school classes, Audubon chapters, garden clubs, and other groups. Also, we can bring our raptors to your classroom or meeting place. Check the Owl Outreach page for more information.

Calendar of Events


Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, and Robert Clauss measure, weigh and record data about our resident birds. Birds are not caught in a predictable manner, so come prepared to hike the trails. With luck, you’ll see a bird in the hand and two in the bush. If it is raining, the banding open house will be cancelled.

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 4, Oct 2

Time: 9:00AM to Noon

Fee: None



Join us outside for a healthy hour-long walk around a lake, through the woods, and who knows where else? Why not add Stillman to your list of exercise options? Come prepared to hike the trails with hiking boots or sturdy shoes. 

Dates: Thursdays, Oct.6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 5 

Sept. 1

Time: 9:30AM 

Fee: None



Mike Levin and Doug Saylor will lead a morning bird walk. Binoculars and field guides are a must. 

If you don’t have any, don’t worry, Stillman does. If it’s raining, the activity will be cancelled. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.  Please call (847) 428-OWLS to let us know if you plan to attend.

Date: Sundays, Sept. 11, Oct. 9

Time: 8:00AM

Fee: None

Age: 10 years and up


As the leaves turn color, join Stillman’s naturalist as he shows you how to identify some of our Midwestern trees. Easy to remember tips and simple hand-outs will inspire you to open your own “branch office.” Come prepared to be out in the weather.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 25

Time: 2:00PM

Fee: None


Now’s your chance to meet the snowy, great horned, barred, barn, and screech owls. Stillman staff will also present a peregrine falcon, turkey vulture, plus broad-winged and red-shouldered hawks. We will bring the birds out so you can get a clear view. Bring a camera and a friend! Drop by anytime between 1:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon. 

In order to regulate the number of visitors, we may temporarily close the gates. Once some folks leave, the gates will be reopened.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 16

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Fee: $20/car