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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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September 2017

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory- Celebrating 50 years of Banding Research

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory has been successfully banding birds for 50 years. Come and learn about the bird banding process, where their banded birds have been recovered and what has been learned as a result from SBBO President, Megan Pease.

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Tranquility Walk

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Discover the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature with this series of 1.5 hour silent walking meditations. Randy Zimmerman, retired psychologist and experienced meditation practitioner and guide, will lead a group walk designed to enhance mindfulness for wellness and self- care. Each walk will explore a small section of the arboretum using only the less-traveled, unpaved trails. Each journey will be to a different area.  A “self-guide” booklet will be given to each participant so that they may repeat…

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Science Saturday: Insect Insanity!

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Are you ready to have a buggy good time?! Join us for a day all about the world’s most numerous animal. Learn about what makes an insect and insect, their importance in nature and all the fun that these creepy crawlies bring!! FREE, family friendly.

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October 2017

Seed Collection and Dispersal

October 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Seeds and fruits of native plants come in a wide assortment of sizes and shapes, and they are dispersed in a variety of ways. Discover the beauty and functionality of these little treasures that hold the future of our natural areas. After a brief classroom orientation, we will take to the field for a seed-collection exercise and will wrap up the morning with a visit to the seed-processing facility for a demonstration. Dress appropriately for the weather and expect to…

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Natural Resource Management for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County

October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Join us for an evening with Mike Groves, the Natural Resource Manager for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, to learn about natural resource management efforts for the 10,500 acres of Forest Preserve property and, more specifically, Severson Dells. 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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Fairy Houses

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Whether you are six or sixty, we encourage you to come on out to Severson Dells to join us for a couple hours of fantastical fun as we build small houses for the homeless fairies that live in our woods.  We’ll be using all natural/found materials, and your house can be as simple or extravagant as you like.  At the end of the program, we’ll have a Grand Tour of Homes, so each builder can share his/her creation with the…

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Night Hike at Severson Dells

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

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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Fall Foliage Float

October 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$15 - $25

Join us for a morning canoe paddle and enjoy the colors of fall. Location will be determined the week of the event based on current water conditions. $15 members/ $25 non- members. Register online at http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/ or call 815-335-2915.

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Red-winged Blackbird Behavior

October 17 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Have you ever wondered about some of the unusual behavior of birds? Come and learn about the behaviors of one of  our favorite migratory birds, the Red-winged Blackbird from Beloit College professor, Dr. Ken Yasukawa. Free, donations always appreciated. Register online at www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/ or call 815-335-2915.

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Tranquility Walk

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Discover the transformative, restorative and healing powers of nature with this series of 1.5 hour silent walking meditations. Randy Zimmerman, retired psychologist and experienced meditation practitioner and guide, will lead a group walk designed to enhance mindfulness for wellness and self- care. Each walk will explore a small section of the arboretum using only the less-traveled, unpaved trails. Each journey will be to a different area.  A “self-guide” booklet will be given to each participant so that they may repeat…

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