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 Cedar Cliff 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

Spring Events

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District/

Severson Dells Nature Center

Elderberry Trails Series

June 3-5 and June 10-12

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Come to one or come to all of these awesome walks. Join Scott Kruger on this series of walks just for those that want to enjoy nature at a great pace…slowly. We are giving you a reason to get up and get out and enjoy the great Forest Preserves we have in this area. The walks will be easy and about an hour or an hour and a half in length. Get some exercise, see some birds, and learn where the great trails are in the County, whatever excuse you need, just get there. Sorry no kids allowed on these walks, just those over 40 (or at least old enough to drive) and that are kids at heart. No fee, but please call for reservations so we can notify you if there are changes and let you know of the meeting spots. 815-335-2915.

Tuesday, June 3             Hononegah Forest Preserve

Wednesday, June 4        Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve

Thursday, June 5            Sugar River Forest Preserve

Tuesday, June 10           Kieselburg Forest Preserve

Wednesday, June 11      Severson Dells Forest Preserve

Thursday, June 12            Stone Bridge Forest Preserve

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District


Get Outside! Kick-off Celebration

Saturday, June 7

12:00 – 3:00 pm

Hononegah Forest Preserve

#80 Hononegah Road, Rockton, IL 61072


This will be a fun family-oriented afternoon of learning and activities to give you a preview of all the hiking, paddling, camping, fishing, river study, gardening, and nature discovery that will be offered through Get Outside! This kick-off is where you can pick up your passport and all the information and materials you need to take advantage of free summer fun in the forest preserves. Nature displays, guided hikes, outdoor recreation, free refreshments and door prizes! Stay for free camping!


Winnebago County Forest Preserve District/

Severson Dells Nature Center

Frog Night

At Pecatonica River Forest Preserve, 7260 Judd Road entrance

Saturday, June 7

6:30 p.m.

Meet at Pecatonica River Forest Preserve shelterhouse parking lot and hop down to the “barn.” Inside we’ll discuss the different types of frogs and toads species found in northern Illinois. We will listen to their calls and explain the need to conduct surveys.

We’ll walk down to the oxbow lake (easy 1 mile walk, there and back) and listen and document what frogs/toads are found. After surveying at PRFP we’ll carpool to Pecatonica Wetlands and other WCFPD properties in the western part of the County and survey there. We’ll end by talking about how you can help by surveying other properties and reporting back your information. For ages 8 and up; please call for reservations 815-335-2915.


Winnebago County Forest Preserve District/

Severson Dells Nature Center

Canoe Convoy

Monday evenings, June 9 – July 21

6:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore the miles upon miles of wonderful paddling opportunities we have in Winnebago County!  American Canoe Association certified instructors and volunteers will help you learn to be a more skillful and confident paddler. Equipment and guides are provided for $20.00 and there is a $5.00 shuttle fee if needed. You must call weekly to register and find out the CC’s location for the evenings paddle. Every week will feature a different river or stretch of river. Times will vary in length. YOU MUST CALL TO REGISTER BEFORE THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO GET INFORMATION. Ages10 and up. We reserve the right to cancel the evening paddle if conditions are not favorable. 815-335-2915.