Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Get Outside! Winnebago – Back By Popular Demand in 2016

Our popular summer program offering dozens of diverse activities in forest preserves is back and better than ever! Be sure to get your free Get Outside! passport so you can enjoy guided hikes, river study, fishing, wildflower walkabouts, fun runs, nature study, birdwatching, camping, golf and more! Passports avaialbe May 1. Activities kick-off on May 21, 2016!


get outside winnebago logo 2

Get Outside!Winnebago is an innovative back-to- nature program committed to encouraging children and families to be more physically active, and to enjoy the many outdoor opportunities in forest preserves. Participating teams earn points by having their passports stamped for each scheduled activity they attended. Get Outside! offers a full schedule and wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Get Outside! runs throughout June and July 2016 offering FREE activities and events including guided hikes, canoeing clinics, nature study, camping, 5K fun run, golf, bird hikes, river study, paddling trips, archaeology and more. Teams earning enough points can qualify for the grand prize drawing.

Get your passport book at the kick-off event, Nature Fiesta, on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00 to 4:00 at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve, or at any of these participating locations:

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County headquarters
5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford 61103

Severson Dells Nature Center
8502 Montague Road, Rockford, 61102

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2017 S. Main St., Rockford, 61102

Rocktown Adventures
313 N. Madison Street
Rockford, IL 61107

Click here to see the Get Outside! Schedule. Full details for each event are in the Get Outside! passport. Please note that some activities require pre-registration! All activities are FREE!

Get your passport stamped, collect points, and qualify for the grand prize!

Bring your passport with you to all the self-guided and scheduled activities and have it validated so you can earn points to qualify for a grand prize! You’ll earn 4 points for each scheduled activity if you get your passport stamped by the activity leader.  Self-guided activities are worth 2 points if you complete the validating information on the passport page. Not all of your team members need to attend every activity. Make sure whomever represents your team brings the passport and gets it stamped.

Passports documenting 20 points or more qualify for the grand prize! This year’s grand prize is a FABULOUS gift basket overflowing with valuable gifts to enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors including:

  • one-year Severson Dells Nature Center family membership
  • one-year Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden family membership
  • certificate for a guided paddle trip with Rocktown Adventures, outdoor retailer and adventure club
  • gift certificate for Macktown, Atwood Homestead or The Ledges Golf Course
  • birding cap from Sand Bluff Observatory
  • award-winning nature guide books
  • FPWC backpacks
  • many more items to enhance you nature explorations!

Get Outside! is a free community program presented by  Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and generously supported by  Swedish American Health System, NorthPointe Health and Wellness, Rocktown Adventures, The Mighty 100.5 radio, Severson Dells Nautre Center, and Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

Get Outside! is Made Possible by the Generous Support of These Sponsors




Passports documenting 20 points or more qualify for the grand prize! Turn in your stamped passports at Forest Preserves of Winnebago County the week of August 1st to be in the drawing for the grand prize. Winner will be randomly selected on Friday, August 5th.