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


Greenways Plan


Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden has over 150 acres of magnificent trees and plants! Explore every season in the Heart of the Arboretum District: majestic colors of fall, hundreds of blooming crabapples in spring, butterfly gardens in summer, and snow-covered evergreens in winter.

Severson Dells Nature Center

The Severson Dells Nature Center is housed in a converted Deer Lodge situated on a 369-acre county forest preserve. The Education Center includes a library, bookstore, classroom, conference room, and display area. Features include a cold-water aquarium and an indoor living beehive with glass sides for easy viewing. Numerous bird feeders attract a variety of species throughout the year.

Macktown A Living History Education Center

The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, which owns the land on which Macktown and the trading post once sat, and the Macktown Living History Education Center have undertaken plans to restore Macktown to its 1830 – 1846 historic condition. Plans include archaeological excavations; reconstruction of the Hayes Tavern, the Mack Store, and furniture shop, and other historic buildings.

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory (SBBO) is located at Colored Sands Forest Preserve. It is one of the premiere bird banding stations in the U.S. SBBO is one of the largest small-bird banding facilities in the country.

Natural Land Institute

Natural Land Institute is a member supported, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving land and natural diversity for future generations. Since 1958, NLI has protected, managed, and restored more than twelve thousand acres throughout Illinois and southern Wisconsin. These include prairies, forests, wetlands, and river corridors. Serving as a regional land trust, the Institute accepts donations of properties, buys lands, manages natural areas, and helps landowners establish legal agreements that permanently limit harmful use and development.

Rockford Park District

The Rockford Park District was formed in 1909 and is the second largest municipal park and recreation system in Illinois.

Winnebago County of Illinois

Winnebago County of Illinois focus is on providing a safe community for our citizens and visitors, economic growth and development, providing a solid job base and job opportunities, protecting our green spaces, and promoting tourism.

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Welcome to the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau web site! You’re just a few clicks away from a great time.

Nachusa Grasslands

Nachusa Grasslands is a 2,600 acre natural prairie area owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, a private, non-profit group whose mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Nachusa is free and open to the public every day for photography, bird watching, and hiking.