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Summer Events: Savor Long Luxurious Days Outdoors!



Bumble Bees in Your Backyard presented by Barbara Williams

Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30-ish

At Severson Dells Nature Center

Our native pollinators are an important part of our landscapes. They pollinate our crops as well as the plants that provide food for other wildlife. They reflect the health of the environment which directly affects us. Northern Illinois has lots of different species of native pollinators but many of them are declining. This program will acquaint you with some of our bees and show you how to give them some help and a place in your garden. Free. Call to register. 1-815-335-2915.


Music at the Dells: Chastity Brown; Barbara Jean

Saturday, July 20, Doors at 6:00 p.m., show at 7:00 p.m.

at Severson Dells Nature Center

Tickets: $15

Chastity Brown: Chastity was recently hailed by NPR as a “promising new voice” and her live act was chosen by CMT as one of the Top 10 Moments of the 2012 Americana Festival.

Barbara Jean: Barbara Jean is one of the most exciting new roots music talents to come out of Minnesota in some time. Her new record, The Great Escape has earned her an appearance on the nationally renowned Mountain Stage radio. Call 1-815-335-2915 to reserve a seat!


The Yarn Bombing Begins     

at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden       

Opening Saturday, July 20, 2013

Presentation Knit in Public 12pm to 2pm

This summer Klehm’s entrance and Nancy Olson Children’s Garden will be covered in color and patterns by local knitting clubs and enthusiasts.  As a living museum Klehm is proud to offer an outdoor exhibit which will bring a new form of art and visual delight to the Rockford area.  The exhibit debuts July 20 with a “Knit in Public” presentation by the many groups and knitters who contribute to its success. Exhibit Begins July 20 and Continues While the Art Lasts. Cost: Included with Admission.


Raising Monarchs

Thursday, July 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Severson Dells Nature Center

Join retired golden apple teacher Rich Toppe as he guides us through this program on raising monarchs.

Learn how, where and why we collect monarch eggs. Listen to ways to care for the caterpillars and finally how to release the adults. Learn what you can do to help monarchs by joining us for a fun-filled evening. Rich will share stories of his successes and failures and what we can learn from them. He will demonstrate the inexpensive equipment that one needs to complete the life cycle of the monarch. Call for reservations. 1-815-335-2915


“Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies” – Critter Day

Saturday, August 3, 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

At Severson Dells Nature Center

Join us as we explore the amazing life cycles of butterflies and other incredible insects including ladybugs, lightning bugs and giant moths. We offer a treasure chest of knowledge and amazing transformations, plus tips on how to hand-raise your own beautiful butterflies at home. Stunning photography by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards is combined with expert information and live insects to create an up-close and personal tour of the hidden lives of backyard critters. Surprising, captivating and perfect for all nature lovers from the curious to the serious. Program free, ages 8-adult, children must be accompanied by an adult. Call to register, limited seating! 1-815-335-2915.


Common Ground – Wood Song Concert               

Sunday, August 11, 2013

 Gates open 4pm, Concert starts at 6pm

Sit back and relax with a glass of wine as you enjoy an open-air concert in Klehm’s magnificent Fountain Garden. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket and a picnic dinner. Free guest shuttle service to and from the parking lot is provided at no charge. Doors open at 4:00pm so you have plenty of time to explore the gardens and grounds before the concert starts. There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Common Ground is a funky dance band covering hits from the 50’s through today. This group has an array of vocal talent to offer an eclectic variety of music. They cover artists like Adele, Santana, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder and Maroon 5 with a unique funky flair. Cost: $10 per person / $5 members / Kids 12+under  FREE. To purchase tickets for this concert, visit


Adult Peek Into Creek

Saturday, August 10

9:00 am-noon

Severson Dells Nature Center

Adults Only!

Are you tired of hearing from your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews how much fun they are having at the peek-into-creek camps?  Dive into the ecology of stream life; whet your appetite and wet your feet. Take part in the A, B, Sees (appreciation, biology and silliness) of this watery world.

We will explore the creek located at Severson Dells Forest Preserve.  The camp will be led by a professional staff. (Maximum number of campers is 20.) The camp will include the legendary creek slosh through the dells in the beautiful Hall Creek of Severson Dells. The slosh is of moderate difficulty.

$5 for non-member.  FREE to members.  Please call to register, or for more information: 1-815-335-2915.