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Fri 24

Bat Hike at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve

August 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun 09

Archaeology Demonstration at Historic Site

September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri 14

Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt

September 14 @ 3:00 pm - September 15 @ 5:00 pm
Fri 14

Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt 2018

September 14 @ 3:30 pm - September 15 @ 5:00 pm
Sat 15

R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday – Cedar Cliff

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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July 2018

Night Hike

July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Take this opportunity to explore Severson Dells at night!! Most of the year our trails are closed after dark, so this is your chance to (hopefully) encounter the nocturnal animals that call this place home. Hopefully, we will hear our resident Barred Owls and if we are lucky, we might even encounter some bats! Space is limited, so please register at 815-335-2915 or seversondells.com/community-programming.

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R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday – Colored Sands

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Colored Sands, 10602 Haas Rd.
Shirland, IL 61079 United States
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  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER AND MOSQUITOES!   R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.) We offer hands-on habitat restoration training - invasive plant removal and native seed collection - plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month between April and October 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 we will collect native prairie seeds. Afterwards, we'll…

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Family Golf

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This is your chance to take your spouse and/or youngsters out for a round of 9 or 18 holes on us. Get together a twosome or foursome and enjoy the natural beauty of this popular golf course. The course was designed by Charles Maddox to present a variety of golf alternatives so that golfers may select the tees most appropriate for their ability. Bring your Get Outside, Get Healthy! passport to the cashier and he will stamp it (so you…

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Readings from the Rookery

July 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program that introduces children to great nature books. After our story, everyone participates in outside activities that relate to the theme of the week.  This program targets 5-8 year-olds and focuses on the importance of getting kids outside. Space is limited so register early to attend. Free! Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Family Camping

July 27 @ 12:00 pm - July 28 @ 12:00 pm
Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve, 16999 Comly Road
Seward,
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Free

Purchased in 1930, Seward Bluffs is one of the most serene and pleasant areas in the County. The preserve is bisected by Grove Creek, which has high limestone bluffs on its north and south sides. The campsites are scattered among a majestic stand of bur oaks. The campground host will be on duty. When you arrive, set up your campsite and show the host your Get Outside, Get Healthy! passport and have this page stamped for one night of free…

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Species Spotlight: Bat Hike

July 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve, 16999 Comly Road
Seward,
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Free

Join naturalist Barbara Williams under the full moon to search for nocturnal wildlife. We should be able to 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 calls so that human ears can hear them. It is a fun way to find out what species of…

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Science Saturday: Winged Wonders

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Bats, beetles, dragonflies, oh my!! Join us for a day all about animals and insects that fly. What are the benefits and challenges to flying? Explore the science behind flight during this open house style event. Come when you can, stay as long as you like!

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Canoe Convoy

July 30 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Join Severson Dells staff as we explore miles upon miles of wonderful paddling opportunities we have on the Kishwaukee River!  Staff instructors and volunteers will help you learn to be a more skillful and confident paddler and answer questions about the river ecology.  Equipment, guides and a shuttle are provided.  You must call weekly to register and find out the location for the evenings paddle.  Each week will feature a different stretch of river. Times will vary in length, but…

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August 2018

Fiber Arts Demonstration

August 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Macktown Forest Preserve, 2221 Freeport Road,
Rockton, 61072
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Free

Learn about and try your hand at fiber arts as they were created in the 1800's. This historic demonstration will feature the methods and materials used in spinning, weaving, rag rug making, cordage and more! Visitors can also enjoy touring the historic buildings of Macktown, the oldest settlement in Winnebago County. Macktown Living History Education Center celebrates the unique heritage of Winnebago County's voyageurs, pioneers and indigenous peoples.

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R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workday – Sugar River Forest Preserve

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sugar River Forest Preserve, 10127 Forest Preserve Road
Durand,
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  R.E.A.P. (Restoration. Education. Appreciation. Preservation.) We offer hands-on habitat restoration training - invasive plant removal and native seed collection - plus enriching conservation education on the 3rd Saturday of every month between April and October 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 we invite SCOUTS to work with us as we collect native prairie seeds. We'll meet at the River View…

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