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Thu 23

Phenology Walk

May 23 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
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
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June 2019

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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Wildflower Walkabout

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kieselburg Forest Preserve, 5801 Swanson Road, , IL
Roscoe, IL 61073 United States
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Free

Join Severson Dells and the Natural Land Institute staff and volunteers on an exploration of many of the local wildflower hotspots. Wildflower Walks showcase what is currently in bloom. Lenae Weichel and Dave Kostka will lead this trip to discover the natural beauties of native prairie remnants and restoration in North Central Illinois. We will work our way through many prairie and sedge meadow communities from dry to wet. No fee for the walks, but membership in Severson Dells and/or…

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Readings from the Rookery

June 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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One event on May 31, 2019 at 9:30am

One event on June 14, 2019 at 9:30am

One event on June 28, 2019 at 9:30am

One event on July 26, 2019 at 9:30am

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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Bat Monitoring

June 14 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

Join citizen scientists and prospective citizen scientists in the field to observe and learn how the Echo Meter is used to detect and identify the bats of the summer night. Led by naturalist Barbara Williams we will see bats fly over just before it gets dark. As dusk turns to night we’ll lose sight of the bats but we’ll still be able to hear their voices with the Echo Meter, a device that lowers the pitch of the bats’ feeding…

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Birding Bonanza

June 15 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 am
Deer Run Forest Preserve, 5691 River Road
Cherry Valley, IL, 61016 United States

Expert birder, Joel Neylon of Wild Birds Unlimited, will lead this early morning search for resident and nesting birds among some of Winnebago County’s best habitat. If you are new to birding, or just want to hone your skills, this is an ideal opportunity to learn when and where to look for birds and how to identify them using your eyes and ears. Joel will offer his insight and tips for noticing and appreciating, not just birds, but lots of…

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R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.)

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deer Run Forest Preserve, 5691 River Road
Cherry Valley, IL, 61016 United States
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  Deer Run Forest Preserve  R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workdays offer hands-on habitat restoration training – invasive plant removal and native seed collection – plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until Noon. No experience necessary – we teach you! Participant names are entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! Today R.E.A.P. Workday Volunteers will focus on native seed collection at this 594.8-acre preserve, which is accessible from River Road as well as the…

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A Day at School in a Frontier One-room School

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Macktown Living History Education Center, 2221 Freeport Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072 United States
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Learn what it was like to attend a one-room school in the early frontier. Class will take place in a recreated historic building where Stephen Mack, Jr. hired the area's first teacher to teach the children of the Pecatonic (later Macktown) settlement in the mid-1800's. All ages welcome! Meet at the Macktown Education Center. This program involves a long walk and stairs.

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Canoe Convoy

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until July 29, 2019

$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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Solstice Celebration

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening celebrating the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. We’ll learn about the cycles of the seasons and enjoy music and s’mores around the campfire. Please register at http://www.seversondells.com/events/summersolstice2019 or call 815-335-2915.

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Nature Photography Essentials Taught in the Field

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Kieselburg Forest Preserve, 5801 Swanson Road, , IL
Roscoe, IL 61073 United States
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Enjoy a day in the prairie and pick up some photography tips and tricks. John and Joyce Mori will lead this casual learning session on how to visually explore the forest preserve and capture your experience. The Mori’s are retired educators, experienced naturalists and expert nature photographers. See their photography and reflections on nature at myprairiejournal.com. This class will be for DSLR camera photography rather than cell phone photography. Bring your digital camera. The instruction will be directed towards beginning…

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