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Sun 26

Sunset Tranquility Walk

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 29
Thu 30

Frogs & Friends

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri 31

Readings from the Rookery

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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May 2019

Sunset Tranquility Walk

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sugar River Forest Preserve, Forest Preserve Road
Durand, IL 61024 United States

End the day on a quiet note, and renew your mind, body and spirit by letting nature help you tap into the calm and peace that already exists within. Allow your spirit to wander out into the coming darkness and connect with all of the life that surrounds us. This one-and-a-half hour silent, combined walking/sitting meditative experience will proceed along one of the most beautiful bluffs overlooking the Sugar River. Come and absorb the untroubled quiet of nature, and make…

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Wonder Walk and Fireside Reading: Celebrate Rachel Carson

May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Join us as we celebrate the birthday of Rachel Carson, scientist and pioneer of the modern environmental movement. We will embark on a golden hour walk around the Dells marveling in the wonders of nature. After our hike, we will settle in by the fire and share some readings from Rachel Carson’s pioneering work. Please RSVP at http://www.seversondells.com/events/rachelcarson or 815-335-2915.  

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Wildflower Walkabout- Colored Sands Forest Preserve

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
colored sands forest preserve, 10602 Haas Road
Durand, IL 61024 United States
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Our ever-popular Wildflower Walkabouts, offered in conjunction with the Natural Lands Institute, showcase what is currently in bloom at various woodland and grassland preserves. Lee and Lynda Johnson, long-time naturalists, will lead the group on an exploration of the sand country at Colored Sands Forest Preserve. The plant community is unique to dry sand prairies, which once dominated this area but are now very rare. Meet at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory parking lot, at the end of Haas Road…

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Frogs & Friends

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Plan to get wet as we explore our pond and creek for frogs and other aquatic life. We'll scoop for critters, and investigate their adaptations to see what they have that makes them so successful living underwater. Family program. Bring a change of clothes and shoes. For safety, water shoes need to be firmly attached to feet (no crocs, flipflops or jellyshoes; rubber boots are not recommended - they can fill with water; old sneakers or hiking boots are good,…

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Readings from the Rookery

May 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Severson Dells staff lead this fun and engaging program that introduces children and their parents to great nature books. After our story, everyone participates in outside activities that relate to the theme of the week. This program targets 5-to 9-year-olds and focuses on the importance of getting kids outside. Space is limited, so register early to attend. Free! RSVP at http://www.seversondells.com/readings-from-the-rookery or http://bit.ly/rookeryreadings or call 815 -335-2915.

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June 2019

Morning Birding with Jack Armstrong

June 1 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Join local bird expert, Jack Armstrong, for a morning of birding at Severson Dells. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours (let us know if you need a pair). Who knows what you may see? All birding abilities welcome! Come dressed for the weather. Please RSVP June at http://www.seversondells.com/events/morningbirdingwithjack-june-1-2019 or http://bit.ly/junebirding  or call. 815-335-2915.

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Walk With Swedes

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Free

Join BetterLife Wellness of SwedishAmerican in a new series of wellness walks helping you reap the mental and physical health benefits of being active in nature! A SwedishAmerican healthcare provider will join you on walks and talk about the value of being active outside. Join us for this 30-45 minute morning stroll for your health! Walk will be on a paved path that winds through prairie, wetlands, and loops around a quarry lake. Learn about the diverse ways connecting with nature…

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Hooked On Fun 2019

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Four Lakes Forest Preserve, 10207 Fish Hatchery Road
Pecatonica, 61063
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Free

This is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to fishing in a safe and controlled environment! Four Lakes Forest Preserve provides several shallow, small lakes that are easily accessible and provide an ideal setting to teach kids about fishing. Bring your own poles (limited number of loaner poles available) We provide bait. Forest Preserve staff will be on hand to assist with getting your line in the water. Kids Fishing Derby will award prizes for largest fish in various…

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Hooves Meet Dirt: Horse-Drawn Plowing Demonstration

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Macktown Living History Education Center, 2221 Freeport Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072 United States
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Step back in time with a demonstration of horse drawn plowing by Leo Woolever. Leo grew up on a farm where all field work and transportation were accomplished with the use of horses and will bring to life horse drawn plowing and sowing of flax seed. Leo will also have other horse drawn farm implements on display. A portion of the plot will be prepared for planting ahead of time. This prepared area till enable visitors to experience broadcasting of…

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Canoe Convoy

June 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10

Enjoy Monday evening paddling with Severson Dells staff and volunteers. Most paddles are on the Kishwaukee River, but location will be confirmed the Friday before the paddle based on current water conditions. Due to high demand for this program, please register for only two evenings. This year we are requiring a $10 deposit for all paddlers because of the high rate of no-shows the last couple of years. If you show up or cancel your reservation by the Friday before…

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