Special Mushroom Hike

On Saturday, October 25, we’ll hike the glen with mushroom expert Sam Landes from 2:00-4:30 pm, meeting at Jimmy’s Bar (located at 2801 W. Farmington Road in Peoria) and carpooling from there.


Sam visited Rocky Glen during our all-day celebration at Jimmy’s last July. On that hike he found dozens of mushroom species. We learned he was coming back to Peoria to do a Sunday program at Forest Park Nature Center. We knew then we wanted the opportunity to hike the glen with him and explore yet another aspect of its amazing biodiversity.

This hike will go up the steep trail to the top of the bluff and visit the moss-covered outcrops and hill prairies above the glen. It will be a moderately strenuous off-trail hike of 3 miles or more. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended.


Halloween at Sky Harbor

A Rocky Glen Fundraiser

Join us for a special event at Sky Harbor Steakhouse on October 31st for a COSTUME PARTY and a BAG TOSS TOURNAMENT.

Costume Party Rock On

  • Suggested “rock” themes such as Rocky, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Rock ‘n Roll, etc.
  • Audience vote for best costume at 8:30 PM
  • Winner will receive a gift certificate to Sky Harbor

Ghoulish Bag Toss

  • $40 entry fee per team includes 2 buffet meals, smores and free soda
  • Short & sudden death competition
  • Pre-register at Sky Harbor or call 309-573-2354
  • Warm-up at 5:30 PM.  Competition at 6:00 PM.
  • Winning team will receive 25% of entry fees

Other Details

  • Sky Harbor is located on Park Rd across from lower Bradley Park
  • Food options include $12 buffet with pulled pork, veggie chilli, potatores, slaw, band baked beans.  Full dinner menu is also available.
  • Live music (indoors) by Denise Adams from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.




Access to Rocky Glen Remains Limited… For Now

Until Rocky Glen is officially open to the public, access to the land will remain restricted to the monthly hikes hosted by the Friends of Rocky Glen.  The group has come to an agreement with the City of Peoria staff that we may continue to lead our monthly hikes and to responsibly carry liability insurance while the details of land management, parking, trails, and access are worked out.  The Friends of Rocky Glen will continue the hard work to preserve the property, lead hikes, begin restoration work, and lead Adopt-A-Highway cleanups on Kickapoo Creek Road.  Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of Rocky Glen and/or making a donation to help us cover the expenses of insurance, restoration, and the eventual installation of a parking area.  Make a donation here.


Peoria City Council Approves the Purchase of Rocky Glen


December 11, 2012

The group Friends of Rocky Glen wishes to thank the Peoria City Council for its favorable vote to purchase the natural area called Rocky Glen for public use. During the past two years as we worked to protect this unique property, we have been privileged to experience a broad base of support that includes Peoria local businesses, volunteer organizations, local governmental bodies and literally hundreds of private citizens from Peoria and nearby communities. It is impossible to thank everyone.

Our group would like to especially recognize the owners and staff of Jimmy’s Bar, John S Rhodell Brewery, Raber Packing Company, Left Hand Brewing, Sports Corner & Creations, the West Peoria Resident’s Association, the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Global Warming Solutions Group, the Forest Park Foundation, the Peoria Park District, the City of West Peoria and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. We are also grateful to State Senator David Koehler and Representative Gordon for their support. The multi-faceted efforts of these  people have contributed to this success.

Friends of Rocky Glen would like to specifically thank Susan Schlupp, Peoria City staff, for her outstanding diligence in pursuing public ownership of Rocky Glen. Her efforts have been far above and beyond what anyone would expect. Peoria’s hard working employees deserve our gratitude for their every day effort. Susan has accomplished amazing work to help make this City Council vote possible.

Finally, Friends of Rocky Glens commends the Peoria City Council for its historic vote. Rocky Glen represented one of the largest privately held parcels of unique natural value in Central Illinois. Rocky Glen will provide open space for an underserved part of the city, expand outdoor education opportunities for nearby District 150 schools and safeguard a piece of Peoria history. This purchase truly serves all Peorians well.

The Friends of Rocky Glen is committed to help make this property accessible for public enjoyment. Our efforts will include fundraising for trails, a public parking lot and interpretive signs that will facilitate the use of Rocky Glen as an open classroom.  We will continue to volunteer our time to further protect and restore this unique natural area. We are committed to staying involved, because there is plenty of work yet to do. We invite everyone to visit our website, www.friendsofrockyglen.org, and get involved.

For further information please contact President David Pittman at 676-5237 dvdpttmn@aol.com.