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Sat 21

Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday*

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 21

Outdoor Skills: Fire by Friction

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 28
Fri 10

Night Hike

November 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 11

Outdoor Skills (Families): Shelter Building

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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October 2017

Nurture Nature at a R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday*

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, 4550 North Pecatonica Road
Pecatonica, IL 61063 United States
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  Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve (4550 N. Pecatonica Road, Pecatonica) This preserve along the Pecatonica River is made up of 1,048 acres of flood-plain forest, oxbow pond marshes and upland forest, boasting outstanding spring flora and birdlife.  Today volunteers will collect native prairie seed and remove invasive brush.  Afterwards, we'll be treated to a Guided Waterfowl Hike! RSVP HERE! Proper off-trail outdoor workday attire recommended - long pants, long sleeves & sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots (no sandals/flip flops, please) Parent/Guardian…

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Outdoor Skills: Fire by Friction

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$5 - $10

Kids ages 10 to 16 years are invited to come and learn how our ancestors made fire by “rubbing two sticks together.”  Participants learn the basics of how both bow and hand drills are made, and put together their own hand-drill kits.  We’ll also cover fire safety and how to succeed in making a “one-match fire.” Registration required by Oct. 18; space limited to 10 participants. Cost $5 members/ $10 nonmembers.

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Science Saturday: Slithering Snakes and Creepy Crawlers

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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In the spirit of Halloween, join us for all things creepy and slithering!  Learn about those many-legged creatures that may make our skin crawl, but are oh-so-important in keeping our world in balance; meet their neighbors that slide through the night.  You might even get to taste some edible insect treats(!).  Mmmm...

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November 2017

Night Hike

November 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Reawaken your senses by exploring our trails after sunset on a guided night hike. Learn about some of the creatures that are most active after dark and witness the beauty of the night sky. You may bring a small flashlight, but we encourage you to maneuver the trail by the light of the stars and your own sensory awareness.

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Outdoor Skills (Families): Shelter Building

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Many of us recall making forts in the woods when we were kids.  Now is the time to share this fun activity with the next generation!  We’ll head out into the woods and each family will be tasked with making a water-proof shelter that will keep them snug.  We’ll review how to select a building site, the pros and cons of size and shape, and give you tips to help your creation be weather-tight.  All shelters will be dismantled at…

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Wild Turkeys in Fact and Folklore

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Not long ago, our native wild turkeys had been extirpated from much of the region; their return to our woodlands has been a conservation success story. Turkeys are quite distinctive, both in physiology and in behavior, so let’s find out more about these fascinating birds that Benjamin Franklin called, “respectable… and withal a true original native of America.” RSVP by calling 815-335-2915 or filling out the online RSVP form here: http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/

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Science Saturday: Predators and Prey

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Note: This Science Saturday is a week earlier because of Thanksgiving weekend. Animals can be broken into two categories:  those that hunt, and those that get hunted.  Can you tell which is which just by looking at them?  Absolutely!  Join us in a variety of hands-on activities to learn the traits that make each type specialized for survival, and see if you have what it takes to survive as a predator or prey animal.

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December 2017

Reclaiming Our Place in Nature

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Take a dive into Deep Ecology, exploring direct connections and experiential learning. Based on the Work that Reconnects, developed by Joanna Macy, a teacher rooted in systems theory, this program will challenge you to discover your rightful place in the natural world. Recognizing that humans have harmed the environment, it is important to realize that each of us can assist in healing such wounds. Interactive exercises will enable us to express our gratitude, honor our pain for the world, see it…

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Luminary Walk

December 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Join us for the Luminary Walk! This annual favorite brings together music, a warm fire, hot chocolate and a candle-lit walk through the snow. The candle trail will be lit from 6pm-9:00pm. Short guided night walks will be offered throughout each evening.

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Luminary Walk

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Join us for the Luminary Walk! This annual favorite brings together music, a warm fire, hot chocolate and a candle-lit walk through the snow. The candle trail will be lit from 6pm-9:00pm. Short guided night walks will be offered throughout each evening.

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