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Sat 24

Species Spotlight: Calling Frog Survey

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 24

Science Saturday: Rockin’ Rodents

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 03

Species Spotlight: Bumblebees

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 17

Species Spotlight: Bats

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 24

Species Spotlight: Butterflies

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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December 2017

Luminary Walk

December 8, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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Owl Prowl

December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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We tend to think of spring as the time when birds mate, but for owls, courtship and mating take place in the winter.  Our program starts indoors with an overview of owls, and then we will head outside and see if we can call in any owls out along the trails.  Dress for the weather. (NB:  we make no guarantees that we will find owls.) 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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Winter Solstice Concert

December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$10 - $15

Want to make the longest, darkest night of the year, one to be remember? Come out to Severson Dells to hear two amazing bands. Rockford's own Indie folk band, Taboo Blah Blah opens the night with their great original sound that got them listed as people to watch in 2016 and a couple of RAMI awards this year. Closing out the night will be the Minneapolis band, Good Morning Bedlam. They are fast becoming an innovative force in the Midwest…

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January 2018

2018 Job Fair – Seasonal Employment Opportunities!

January 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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  Looking for something other than the run-of-the-mill fast food or retail environment to earn extra money this summer?  Become part of our team and work outdoors amid beautiful scenery and fresh air! Join us on Tuesday, January 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Headquarters to discover 2018 seasonal employment opportunities available at our forest preserves and golf courses!  Meet our friendly maintenance, natural resource, and golf course staff who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Can't make…

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Citizen Science Spotlight: Celebrate the Impact of Local Citizen Science

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

Join us for a morning of sharing and refreshments as we celebrate the accomplishments of our growing citizen science program and get a preview of new opportunities for 2018. Photos, first-person stories, and data highlights will celebrate the monitoring trends and discoveries of citizen volunteers who visited the forest preserves in 2017 to track and record bluebird, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, bat, frog and plant populations. If you’re interested in local wildlife, join us! If you want to learn about how…

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Species Spotlight: Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring

January 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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Free

FPWC Headquarters  Catching sight of the Eastern Bluebird used to be a rare occurrence in this region, but thanks in part to the installation of nesting boxes, Bluebirds have been making a comeback. Would you like to learn more about these beautiful creatures? Would you like to be one of those folks who gets to tend the nest boxes and collect information about the birds’ nesting success?! Pre-register for this session online by clicking HERE no later than Monday, January 22nd if you…

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Science Saturday:  Snowfari

January 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

  Snow science is the theme for today.  Come explore the science behind snowflakes, how critters survive in the subnivian layer, the benefits of brown fat, and more!

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February 2018

Species Spotlight: Plants

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Plant monitoring can be a pleasant way to spend time outdoors during the growing season. And there will be new opportunities to volunteer as a plant monitor in 2018. Watch Plants is a new program designed to collect data about plants worth watching, whether because they are indicators of significant environmental conditions or are perceived as new invaders in the area. Another plant-monitoring program will focus on phenology:  the timing of certain life-cycle events for selected species. Volunteer…

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Species Spotlight: Odonata

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
FPWC Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, 61103
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FPWC Headquarters Dragonflies and damselflies represent a most ancient order of insects, the Odonata. Fierce predators and elegant fliers, the odonata are fascinating and beautiful. Attend this morning session to learn about these magnificent organisms, and perhaps prepare to start monitoring them, yourself. To present the training, esteemed local naturalist and citizen scientist Barbara Williams will team up with Lalainya Goldsberry, who is now coordinating the Illinois Odonata Survey through the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Pre-register online HERE…

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