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

Winter Events in the Preserves

MapleSugar Hike

Severson Dells Nature Center

Winter Bird Hike
Saturday, February 2, 8:00-10:30 a.m.
Join volunteer naturalist Phil Schwab at Severson Dells Forest Preserve as we begin the walk by identifying birds at the feeders. We then will walk outside with the hopes of seeing the numerous winter residents of Severson Dells. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. No fee. Call 1-815-335-2915 to confirm.


Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Family Days 3

Saturday, February 9, 2013

10am – 3pm

This winter, families are invited to engage with nature at Klehm. On the second Saturday of each month, Klehm will offer themed activities for kids of all ages. Your family will find fun ways to learn about nature outdoors through hikes, scavenger hunts and guided tours. After some exploring, warm up in the Visitors Center Gallery with hot drinks and cookies. Kids can continue learning by making a take home craft. Plus, everyone will enjoy watching birds as they come to feed just outside the Visitor Center Gallery windows.


Macktown Living History Center

Keeping Warm in Winter

Sunday, February 24

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Mack House, Macktown Forest Preserve

You’re invited to a celebration of the birthday of Stephen Mack, Winnebago County’s first settler. Traditional foods, winter skills and games will be showcased.  Re-enactors of Native Americans, Settlers, and French Fur traders will demonstrate early nineteenth century skills needed for survival in the harsh winter climate. Era appropriate music on the bagpipe, Native American flute and other instruments will lend the celebration a festive air.  Suggested donation $5.  North of the Macktown Golf Course in the Historic Mack House, 2221 Freeport Road, Rockton, IL.  For more information phone 815-624-4200.  Email:


Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

Spring Celebration- nature education, music and prairie fire

Saturday, March 23

3:30 -8:00 pm

At the “Pec Barn” education center in Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

Entrance at 7260 Judd Road, Pecatonica.

Starting at 3:30 p.m. with a sneak preview of events/activities coming up in the Forest Preserve District over the next six months. (A chance at some door prizes too.)

Pieta Brown, 5:00 p.m. show

Advance Tickets “Free” to members of SDNC, $10 to non-members; $10 all tickets on day of show. We are so very fortunate to bring Pieta Brown back to the area. Her latest cd “Mercury” has been riding the charts very high for a long time.

After the show (7:00 p.m.) the prairie fire is one of the most exciting occurrences of the spring. If conditions are right (call 1-815-335-2915 to make sure) we will burn the restored prairie east of the Pec Barn. As the sun is setting, view this incredible spectacle as flames reach high into the evening sky.