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Headquarters Forest Preserve

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5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
815-877-6100

June 2016

Quick Start Canoe Clinic

June 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Saturday, June 4   Quick Start for Canoers Headquarters Forest Preserve (quarry) 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103 9:00 a.m., & overflow 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4, session 1: 9:00-10:30 a.m., or over flow session 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The quick start program is offered by Severson Dells staff and canoe instructor volunteer Rich Toppe that will help you learn to be a more skillful and confident paddler. This is for beginners and intermediate paddlers.  Anyone that paddles with FPWC staff…

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Native Pollinators- Guided Walk

June 26, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Bees and Native Pollinators: Guided Walk with Barbara Williams, Illinois Bee Spotter Headquarters Forest Preserve 1:00 pm Naturalist and Illinois Bee Spotter, Barbara Williams will help you discover our native pollinators and their important roles in our lives and our landscapes. Insects pollinate most flowering plants including many of our crops and the plants that provide food and habitat for wildlife. Pollinator populations reflect the health of the environment which directly affects human health and well-being. Northern Illinois has a…

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June 2017

Canoe Quick Start

June 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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One of the greatest joys of summer in Winnebago County is paddling our four rivers. The quick start program offered by Severson Dells staff and volunteers will help you learn to be a more skillful and confident paddler. This is for beginners and intermediate paddlers.  Anyone that paddles with FPWC staff on their trips will need to go through this at some time. For ages ten and up. Includes paddling instructions as well as paddle time on the quarry lake. …

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Stroll & Stretch for Seniors

June 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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This 30 minute stretch and stroll led by certified Wellness Coach, Karla Johnson, is the perfect opportunity to venture into outdoor walking.  We will begin and end with stretching. Stretching helps keep us flexible so that we can remain active and independent.  Light exercises and reconnecting with our senses will be incorporated into the walk. You are never too old to start a walking program. Join in the fun and meet others who enjoy a walk in nature. Please bring…

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Tai Chi Among the Trees

June 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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This introduction to Tai Chi, taught “follow the leader” style, will be a fun activity for all ages to do together. Tai Chi has been called the perfect exercise for any age and offers great benefit to those looking for a gentle way to boost strength and agility.  This outdoor session of deliberate and graceful movement will be led by certified Tai Chi instructor, Marcia Johnson. No registration needed, just drop in and go with the flow! 2:00 pm and…

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January 2018

Citizen Science Spotlight: Celebrate the Impact of Local Citizen Science

January 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Join us for a morning of sharing and refreshments as we celebrate the accomplishments of our growing citizen science program and get a preview of new opportunities for 2018. Photos, first-person stories, and data highlights will celebrate the monitoring trends and discoveries of citizen volunteers who visited the forest preserves in 2017 to track and record bluebird, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, bat, frog and plant populations. If you’re interested in local wildlife, join us! If you want to learn about how…

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June 2018

Walk For Wellbeing

June 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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This thirty-minute gentle fitness walk led by certified Wellness Coach, Karla Johnson, is the perfect opportunity to venture into outdoor walking.  We will begin and end with stretching, which helps keep us flexible so that we can remain active and independent.  Light exercises and reconnecting with our senses will be incorporated into the walk. You are never too old to start a walking program. Join in the fun and meet others who enjoy walking in nature. Please bring a water…

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June 2019

Bat Monitoring

June 14, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Headquarters Forest Preserve, 5500 Northrock drive
Rockford, 61103
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Join citizen scientists and prospective citizen scientists in the field to observe and learn how the Echo Meter is used to detect and identify the bats of the summer night. Led by naturalist Barbara Williams we will see bats fly over just before it gets dark. As dusk turns to night we’ll lose sight of the bats but we’ll still be able to hear their voices with the Echo Meter, a device that lowers the pitch of the bats’ feeding…

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