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Severson Dells Nature Center

8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

March 2015

HEATHER MALONEY

March 31, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center HEATHER MALONEY At Severson Dells Nature Center Tuesday, March 31, Doors at 6:00 p.m. Show at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $15 Day of Show $20 FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE www.seversondells.org

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April 2015

Dragonflies & Damselfies of Northern IL: A Photographic Journey through the Life History of Odonates

April 3, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center Friday, April 3 6:30pm-7:30pm Dragonflies & Damselflies of Northern Illinois: A Photographic Journey through the Life History of Odonates The order Odonata dates back over 300 million years to a time when dragonflies with two and a half foot wingspans ruled the air. Today these successful aquatic insects represent a diverse group of animals with a complex life cycle. The 100 plus species known for Northern Illinois act as good wetland indicators and are just plain…

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Two Great Workshop Opportunities at The Grove

April 18, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Two Great Workshop Opportunities at The Grove Severson Dells Forest Preserve FREE!!!!!!! www.seversondells for more details Saturday, April 18th Nature Explore and Severson Dells Nature Center are hosting at least one workshop for you! Both workshops will be led by qualified educators from Nature Explore in Lincoln, Nebraska (www.natureexplore.com) Each workshop will have an inside component and if weather cooperates we will spend time in The Grove, SDFP’s new playscape area. Limited to 50 people so call early. WORKSHOP ONE…

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Wildflower Walkabout – The Beauty of OUR County

April 22, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center /Natural Land Institute The Beauty of OUR County Wednesday, April 22 6:00 p.m. Severson Dells Nature Center. Enjoy social time after the program We will be kicking off the Walkabout series this year with a great program and also a time for a gathering of good people. Come out and a celebrate Earth Day! Learn about the upcoming walks! Sometimes here in Northern Illinois it is easy to “escape” to Wisconsin, or jump in the family…

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Winter Writing Workshop

April 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center Winter Writing Workshop Saturday, April 25 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Join Severson Dells Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for an exploration in awareness. We will meet in the classroom and using writing prompts from multiple authors develop a working conversation in environmental topics of multiple issues. If you feel you have a voice, or thoughts on the state of environmental issues locally, or globally I would like to hear yours. Together our voice can be heard and…

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May 2015

“Get into the GROVE”

May 9, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center “Get into the GROVE” Saturday, May 9 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wildflowers are up, trees are leaving out, it is certainly time to get back into the Grove and -observe-play-discover-create!! We’ll kick this year off with a day of nature play that will include activities in drumming, singing, art, as well as all of us taking in part in the great experience of just being outside! Check www.seversondells.org for full schedule or call 815-335-2915

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June 2015

Wildflower Walkabout – Big Predators of Illinois/Evening Stroll

June 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center/Natural Land Institute Wildflower Walkabout - Big Predators of Illinois/Evening Stroll Wednesday, June 3 6:00 p.m. At Severson Dells Forest Preserve Peg Doty Program on “Large Predators Return…Or Are They?” Cougars, wolves, and bears have all been spotted in Illinois over the past few years. There are many reasons, scientific and unknown, why we are starting to see the occasional lone large predator in Illinois. It is important for people to understand why we are hearing about…

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Nature Play for Little Kids

June 16, 2015 @ 9:00 am - June 18, 2015 @ 11:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Nature Play for Little Kids Designed just for younger explorers (4-6 years old) Fun!       Mud!       Water!     Bugs!       Outdoors! Camp #1: Tuesday-Thursday, June 16-18 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Nature play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses, their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.” Richard Louv. More information is coming out later, but you can call now to get your name on a list…

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Camp Peek-Into-Creek

June 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am - June 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Camp Peek-Into-Creek 2nd-5th Grade (2014-2015 school year) Camp #1: Tuesday-Thursday, June 23-25 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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. The camp will end with the legendary creek slosh through the dells in the beautiful Hall Creek of Severson Dells. More information is coming out…

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An Alaska Tour – Gary Gullett

June 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center An Alaska Tour Gary Gullett Tuesday, June 30 7:00pm Alaska is the Final Frontier, and truly one of the most unique and interesting places on the planet. Visitors are treated to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Gary will talk about travel to Alaska, and offer routes to discover various gems and elements of our largest state. He will use photography to discuss the rapidly changing environment, and illustrate some of the historical and geographically significant locations.…

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July 2015

Grandparents and Kids Camp

July 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Grandparents and Kids Camp (for grandparents and their grandchildren ages 5-12) Camp #1: Wednesday, July 8 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Have a fabulous time with your grandchildren enjoying the out-of-doors. We offer a variety of activities to complement differing levels of ability. No need to be an expert---just come and have fun.More information is coming out later, but you can call now to get your name on a list to…

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Grandparents and Kids Camp

July 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Grandparents and Kids Camp (for grandparents and their grandchildren ages 5-12) Camp #2: Thursday, July 9 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Have a fabulous time with your grandchildren enjoying the out-of-doors. We offer a variety of activities to complement differing levels of ability. No need to be an expert---just come and have fun.More information is coming out later, but you can call now to get your name on a list to…

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Voices from the Woods: Nature Story Telling and Camping

July 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Voices from the Woods: Nature Story Telling Festival Severson Dells Nature Center Severson Dells Forest Preserve Saturday, July 11 (optional overnight camping  until July 12) 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm Come out for an afternoon and evening of all types of story-telling with a nature base. Oral stories, plays, and music story tellers, join in the fun in the woods, in the Grove, and around a fire. More information coming soon. www.seversondells.org.

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Nature Play for Little Kids

July 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am - July 16, 2015 @ 11:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Nature Play for Little Kids Designed just for younger explorers (4-6 years old) Fun!       Mud!       Water!     Bugs!       Outdoors! Camp #2: Tuesday-Thursday, July 14-16 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Nature play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses, their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.” Richard Louv. More information is coming out later, but you can call now to get your name on a list…

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Camp Peek-Into-Creek

July 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am - July 23, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Camp Peek-Into-Creek 2nd-5th Grade (2014-2015 school year) Camp #2: Tuesday-Thursday, July 21-23 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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. The camp will end with the legendary creek slosh through the dells in the beautiful Hall Creek of Severson Dells. More information is coming out…

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Blazing Paddles Youth Canoe Camp

July 27, 2015 - July 31, 2015
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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SEVERSON DELLS NATURE CENTER CAMPS Severson Dells Nature Center Blazing Paddles Youth Canoe Camp All you river rats and river pirates unite! Going into 6th-9th grades 2015 Monday- Friday, July 27- July 31 Times to be announced (six hours minimum) This camp is designed for kids to become more aware of the rivers in our community from an aesthetic, scientific and enjoyable perspective. The camp focuses on teaching canoe safety and skills as well as using the river as a…

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September 2015

Great Tide Rising

September 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change (forthcoming, Counterpoint Books, January 2016) An Evening with Kathleen Dean Moore At Severson Dells Nature Center Tuesday, September 29 7:00 p.m. Free Call for reservations Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s…

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October 2015

Land Management and Opportunities Workshop

October 4, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Land management and opportunities workshop Severson Dells Nature Center Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m.   Severson Dells Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback and The Winnebago County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will moderate an open discussion on Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic as well as tips, services and opportunities available for land owners in the management of land. Come with questions or have a discussion with other landowners about what is working/not working on their properties. After the program there will be a FREE…

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Environmental Effects on Photosynthesis

October 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Professor Donald Ort Environmental effects on photosynthesis Severson Dells Nature Center Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.   Dr. Ort is the Professor of Plant Biology in the USDA/ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit at the University of Illinois. Join him as he explains the complex changes that are occurring all around you at the smallest level. His research is critical in the changing times we face ahead. He is the winner of numerous large grants and awards for his research. Don Ort…

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December 2015

Workday/Bonfire at Severson Dells Nature Center

December 12, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Severson Dells Nature Center Workday/Bonfire Saturday December 12, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Call to register: 1-815-335-2915 Have you seen Hall creek lately? We are so proud of our Severson Strike Force Tuesday Crew and the amount of work they have done liberating the creek of the invasive honeysuckle. Please come out and lend a hand throwing sticks. Will there be hotdogs??  

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Kids Winter Day Out at Severson Dells Nature Center

December 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Severson Dells Nature Center Kids Winter Day Out Monday,  December  21,  9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Call to register: 1-815-335-2915 First day of vacation and you are looking for a great place to drop your kids off?  Join Severson Dells staff for a day of fun-filled adventure.  Of course, a lot depends on the weather, but hiking, hot chocolate, marshmallows, games and art activities will surely be included.  Kids only (Grades 1-5).  No fee, but registration is required by December 17. …

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Old Timey Lantern Walk

December 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Severson Dells Nature Center Old Timey Lantern Walk Tuesday December 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Call to register: 1-815-335-2915 Join biologist/educator Greg Keilback for an evening walk to the dells by the light of oil lamps. The ambiance of the glow will enhance the beauty of the night. Dress warmly and feel free to bring a thermos of your hot drink of choice. We will provide the lamps, but if you have an oil lamp you may bring…

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January 2016

Family Winter Walk

January 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Family Winter Walk   Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:00am 12:00pm 10:00 12:00   Put on your boots and a coat and let’s go for a stroll! Join Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for a moderately difficult hike over the hills of Severson Dells. On this kid friendly hike we will explore areas of the preserve off trail to see what hides in the hills. Free to members of Severson Dells. Open to all who are willing. You must call to register- 1-815-335-2915.

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The Pines

January 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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THE PINES (www.thepinesmusic.com) Friday, January 29, 2016 Doors at 6:00 p.m., Show at 7:00 p.m. $15 1-815-335-2915 With a new cd coming out in February we welcome back, Iowa-born/Minneapolis-based folk rock artists, The Pines. They have created a loyal following for their lush, layered sound and poetic lyrics inspired by the land and folklore of the American Midwest. Bridging the folk, roots and indie worlds with their modern take on American music, frontmen/songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a…

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February 2016

Severson Extra Credit Class

February 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Extra Credit Class Tuesday evenings of: •             January 19 •             February 2 •             February 16 •             March 1 Need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for his unique classroom lecture series on some of his favorite science topics! We will cover new findings and current research on everything from wildlife to the plants they eat.  If you are interested please email greg@seversondells.org for the syllabus and reading material. Open to all who are willing.…

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Icky, Creepy and Just Plain Gross

February 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Icky, Creepy and Just Plain Gross   Let’s have fun learning about what makes nature nauseating, slime and scat.  No fee, but registration is REQUIRED.  Kids, ages 6-10.  Maximum number 15.  Call to register 1-815-335-2915.

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Pieta Brown

February 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$20

PIETA BROWN (www.pietabrown.com) With “The Long Shots” supporting Sunday, February 14 Doors at 2:00 p.m., Show at 3:00 p.m. $20 1-815-335-2915 What a perfect way to spend Valentine's Day listening to the sweet tunes of Pieta Brown. Pieta has a new cd out called, Paradise Outlaw. Recorded at Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon's April Base studio in Wisconsin, with a supporting cast that includes Vernon, Amos Lee and Brown's father, legendary troubadour Greg Brown, Paradise Outlaw boasts some of Pieta's…

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Severson Extra Credit Class

February 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Extra Credit Class Tuesday evenings of: •             January 19 •             February 2 •             February 16 •             March 1 Need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for his unique classroom lecture series on some of his favorite science topics! We will cover new findings and current research on everything from wildlife to the plants they eat.  If you are interested please email greg@seversondells.org for the syllabus and reading material. Open to all who are willing.…

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Family Winter Walk

February 20, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Family Winter Walk Put on your boots and a coat and let’s go for a stroll! Join Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for a moderately difficult hike over the hills of Severson Dells. On this kid friendly hike we will explore areas of the preserve off trail to see what hides in the hills. Open to all who are willing. You must call to register- 1-815-335-2915.

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Tour the Grand Canyon Presented by David Donahue

February 21, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Tour the Grand Canyon Presented by David Donahue Join photographer Dave Donahue for a program about the Grand Canyon. He will discuss the geologic history of the canyon as well as some of the interesting personal histories of people who became legends of the Grand Canyon area. The photographic tour will start with images from the less frequently visited North Rim of the Canyon; proceed to images from the Marble Canyon area and the Toroweap overlook on the South Rim.…

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Old Timey Lantern Walk

February 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Old Timey Lantern Walk Back by popular demand join biologist/educator Greg Keilback for an evening walk to the dells by the light of oil lamps. The ambiance of the glow will enhance the beauty of the night. Dress warmly and feel free to bring a thermos of your hot drink of choice. We will provide the lamps, but if you have an oil lamp you may bring your own. Please NO other light sources. Open to children 8 and…

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Workday/Bonfire

February 28, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Workday/Bonfire Have you seen Hall Creek lately? We are so proud of our Severson Strike Force Tuesday Crew and the amount of work they have done liberating the creek of the invasive honeysuckle. Please come out and lend a hand throwing sticks. Will there be hotdogs?? Call to register 1-815-335-2915.

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Travels on the John Muir Trail (JMT)

February 28, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Travels on the John Muir Trail (JMT) Presented by Meghan Bowe The John Muir Trail (JMT) stretches 211 miles through arguably the most beautiful scenery in the western United States, from the Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney. The trail’s namesake, John Muir, is likely the most well-known naturalist in our country’s history. His writings are inspirational, and the mystery surrounding his inspiration− the Sierra wilderness−certainly calls to those who long for backcountry experiences that promise grand vistas, high alpine lakes,…

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March 2016

Severson Extra Credit Class

March 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Extra Credit Class Tuesday evenings of: •             January 19 •             February 2 •             February 16 •             March 1 Need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for his unique classroom lecture series on some of his favorite science topics! We will cover new findings and current research on everything from wildlife to the plants they eat.  If you are interested please email greg@seversondells.org for the syllabus and reading material. Open to all who are willing.…

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Carrie Rodriguez

March 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$20

CARRIE RODRIGUEZ The Sacred Heart Tour (www.carrierodriguez.com) Friday, March 4 Doors at 6:00 p.m., Show at 7:00 p.m. $20 1-815-335-2915 Welcome back to Severson Dells Carrie Rodriguez!! She is coming with a trio with Carrie Rodriguez – vocals, fiddle, tenor guitar, Luke Jacobs – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, lap steel and Brannen Temple – drums & percussion!!   Carrie finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she effortlessly melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and…

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March Madness

March 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  March Madness Tired of winter?  Spend a fun morning at Severson Dells.  Depending on the weather, we could go on a hike, learn about birds, play some games, make something interesting, toast marshmallows.  Kids ages 6-10.  No fee, but registration is REQUIRED.  Call 1-815-335-2915 to register.  Maximum number 15. We are very grateful for UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS for allowing us to host this look at wonder and awe in nature. We feel the series represents a diverse perspective on…

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Crossing Boundaries: Meetings with Remarkable Beings

March 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Presented by Jim Roberts         Transformative encounters with animals & cosmos and how they haunt our dreams, perforate our boundaries (and theirs) , invade our heart, inspire our music & poetry, and teach me new languages.They are who we are becoming.  Bring your own awe-filled animal story into a circle of this-worldly wonder. Jim Roberts is an urban & climate activist, musician, poet, & ceremonial guide, co-founder of Manitoumie, creator of The 3rd Species, Saving the Soul…

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And now, here’s something we hope you’ll really like!

March 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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And now, here's something we hope you'll really like! Join Severson Dells Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback to learn about flying squirrels.  We will start with an indoor presentation learning about the life of our flying friends and the habitats they live in, then go on a hike to look for flying squirrels at Severson Dells.  All ages welcome.  Maybe we will find a moose? Call 1-815-335-2915 to register.

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Mammal March!

March 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Mammal March! What walks the edge of Hall Creek?  Mammals of all types!  Let’s explore the Dells and find out who is making all the tracks in the snow/mud.  Join Severson Dells Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback for a hike that will be of moderate difficulty and fun of extreme quality. Bring your boots and your kids and lets explore! Contact Severson Dells to register at 1-815-335-2915.

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Vermilion River Mussel Projects – from reintroductions to dam removal

March 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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We are very grateful for UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS for allowing us to host this look at wonder and awe in nature. We feel the series represents a diverse perspective on a variety of topics on the subject. We hope to see you out here.   Presented by Jeremy Tiemann, Aquatic Zoologist Illinois Natural History Survey .North American freshwater mussels have undergone drastic decline during the past century, and subsequently have become one of the most imperiled groups of animals.  Of…

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Paddle Camping Bucket List

March 19, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Canoe: The Post Canoeacopia Party Paddle Camping Bucket List Presented by Mark and Merri Morral   Every paddler should have a bucket list of must do adventures, not necessarily ones they’ll need to quit their job for the time off, or take out a second mortgage to pay for them; adventures tuned for “normal” paddlers. Through a multimedia show the Morralls will present you with five such adventures, scattered to the four corners as well as in the middle…

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Boundary Waters Wilderness Area

March 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Canoe: The Post Canoeacopia Party Boundary Waters Wilderness Area presented by Kevin Proescholdt Kevin Proescholdt of Minneapolis has worked for nearly 40 years to protect the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota.  He guided canoe trips in the area for a decade, and became an active volunteer in the national effort to successfully pass the 1978 BWCAW Act through Congress.  Proescholdt has worked for nearly 35 years for nonprofit conservation organizations, including 16 years as the…

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Old Timey Lantern Walk

March 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Old Timey Lantern Walk By popular demand join biologist/educator Greg Keilback for an evening walk to the dells by the light of oil lamps. The ambiance of the glow will enhance the beauty of the night. Dress warmly and feel free to bring a thermos of your hot drink of choice. We will provide the lamps, but if you have an oil lamp you may bring your own. Please NO other light sources. Open to children 8 and up and…

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Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon: America’s First Great Ornithologist

March 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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presented by Matthew Vincent Join Matthew Vincent has he presents a brief analyzes of the whys and work of Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. Both men were possessed with a powerful interest in the natural world, but also were competitive entrepreneurs. Their exploits bring together elements of early American history, keen naturalistic observations, and insights into intaglio print making process. Wilson had an interest in bringing knowledge of avian life in the eastern US to the general public.  Ultimately…

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The Fintastic World of Fishes in your Backyard

March 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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We are very grateful for UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS for allowing us to host this look at wonder and awe in nature. We feel the series represents a diverse perspective on a variety of topics on the subject. We hope to see you out here.  Presented by Dr. Phillip Willink Everybody knows what a fish is. But it is difficult to know where they are and what they do since they live underwater. It is this hidden world beneath the surface…

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April 2016

Wonder and Awe: An Evening of Story and Images

April 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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We are very grateful for UTC AEROSPACE SYSTEMS for allowing us to host this look at wonder and awe in nature. We feel the series represents a diverse perspective on a variety of topics on the subject. We hope to see you out here! Presented by Scott Russell Sanders Join author/conservationist Scott Russell Sanders for a special evening of stories and pictures of the natural world and the nature of awe and wonder.  Scott will celebrate in words and images…

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January 2017

Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

January 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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February 2017

Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

February 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

February 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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March 2017

Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

March 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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Severson Naturalist Night-Stewardship Education Series

March 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

Do you need a refresher on some of the basics? Join Greg Keilback for an engaging classroom experience on some of his favorite areas of study on the natural world. Please register HERE or call Nancy at 815-335-2915.   Tuesday Evenings of: January 24- Basics of Ecology February 7- Geology February 21- Botany March 7- Prairie Ecology March 21- Dendrology

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April 2017

John Craigie Concert at Severson Dells April 13th

April 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$10 – $15

Severson Dells is launching its 2017 concert series with singer and storyteller, John Craigie, Thursday, April 13th. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy world-class music and great craft beer in a laid back intimate setting. Doors open at 6 pm and show begins at 7 pm. Tickets: $10 Severson Dells Members, $15 General Admission. Tickets available at: http://www.seversondells.com/music/ Severson Dells Nature Center is located at 8502 Montague Road, Rockford, 61102. Cash bar provided by Prairie Street Brewhouse About John Craigie If…

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May 2017

Science Saturday – Wildflowers

May 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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The hills and forests are abloom with wildflowers! Come and learn about the unique and beautiful wildflowers that call Northern Illinois home. Dissect a flower to learn about its parts, make flower imprint art and head out for an exploration of the wildflowers at Severson Dells.  Join us for this open-house style event. No registration required.

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June 2017

Readings from the Rookery

June 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program to introduce kids to great nature books and then do outside activities relating to the theme of the week.  This program will target ages 5-8 year olds and will focus on the importance of getting kids outside. We will limit numbers so please call early to attend. Free! 815-335-2915. Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16 Friday, June 30 Friday, July 14 Friday, July 28

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Readings from the Rookery

June 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program to introduce kids to great nature books and then do outside activities relating to the theme of the week.  This program will target ages 5-8 year olds and will focus on the importance of getting kids outside. We will limit numbers so please call early to attend. Free! 815-335-2915. Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16 Friday, June 30 Friday, July 14 Friday, July 28

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Pond Explorations

June 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Kids, bring your grown up to Severson Dells for some hands-on pond exploration.  Severson Dells staff will meet you at the Nature Center and walk to the pond.  We won’t get in the pond, but the area around the pond is usually muddy and mucky.  Proper footwear is essential-recommendations provided when registering.  We supply the nets, buckets, etc.  For kids 7 years and older accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required.  Space is limited. 815-335-2915 or online on the Community…

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Science Saturday: Water Wonders

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Water makes the world go round! Join us out at Severson Dells for some hands-on fun and science all about one of our most important resources- WATER!

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Readings from the Rookery

June 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program to introduce kids to great nature books and then do outside activities relating to the theme of the week.  This program will target ages 5-8 year olds and will focus on the importance of getting kids outside. We will limit numbers so please call early to attend. Free! 815-335-2915. Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16 Friday, June 30 Friday, July 14 Friday, July 28

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July 2017

Birding Hike

July 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Learn to use your eyes and ears to discover dozens of species of birds that take refuge in the beautiful woods and prairies of Severson Dells. Join a naturalist for a morning of birding. Bring your binoculars and hiking shoes as we explore birds across the variety of habitats of Severson Dells. Who knows what other natural wonders we may discover in our explorations!

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Readings from the Rookery

July 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program to introduce kids to great nature books and then do outside activities relating to the theme of the week.  This program will target ages 5-8 year olds and will focus on the importance of getting kids outside. We will limit numbers so please call early to attend. Free! 815-335-2915. Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16 Friday, June 30 Friday, July 14 Friday, July 28

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Night Hike

July 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Hooooo goes there? Enjoy a guided walk in the woods at Severson Dells at night. Learn about the nocturnal creatures that call this place home. Please feel free to bring a small flashlight.

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Readings from the Rookery

July 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program to introduce kids to great nature books and then do outside activities relating to the theme of the week.  This program will target ages 5-8 year olds and will focus on the importance of getting kids outside. We will limit numbers so please call early to attend. Free! 815-335-2915. Friday, June 2 Friday, June 16 Friday, June 30 Friday, July 14 Friday, July 28

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Science Saturday – Nocturnal Nature

July 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Come and learn about the creatures of the night! What adaptations do these animals have that allow them to operate at night? Explore the answers through hands-on activities and a guided hike during this free family event.

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August 2017

Species Spotlight: Bat Hike!

August 3, 2017 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells Nature Center Come join us to enjoy the nearly full moon and search for nocturnal wildlife. We won't really put a spotlight on the bats but we will be able to see them 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 technology. The Echo Meter lowers the pitch of the bats' feeding calls and slows…

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Species Spotlight: Bat Hike

August 5, 2017 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States

  Severson Dells Nature Center Come join us to enjoy the nearly full moon and search for nocturnal wildlife. We won't really put a spotlight on the bats but we will be able to see them 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 technology. The Echo Meter lowers the pitch of the bats' feeding calls and…

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September 2017

Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt

September 15, 2017 - September 16, 2017
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$50

A 24-hour Event that Takes You Off the Beaten Path to Discover the Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Secrets of the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Participate in feats of intrigue and daring! Teams: 2 – 6 people Entry Fee: $50 ($65 with post event celebration) per team   Grab a group of friends, family or co-workers and test your Forest Preserve knowledge! If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be hiking, talking to forest preserve staff, looking for clues and…

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Science Saturday: Insect Insanity!

September 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Are you ready to have a buggy good time?! Join us for a day all about the world’s most numerous animal. Learn about what makes an insect and insect, their importance in nature and all the fun that these creepy crawlies bring!! FREE, family friendly.

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October 2017

Natural Resource Management for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County

October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Join us for an evening with Mike Groves, the Natural Resource Manager for the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, to learn about natural resource management efforts for the 10,500 acres of Forest Preserve property and, more specifically, Severson Dells. RSVP by calling 815-335-2915 or filling out the online RSVP form here: http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/

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Fairy Houses

October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Whether you are six or sixty, we encourage you to come on out to Severson Dells to join us for a couple hours of fantastical fun as we build small houses for the homeless fairies that live in our woods.  We’ll be using all natural/found materials, and your house can be as simple or extravagant as you like.  At the end of the program, we’ll have a Grand Tour of Homes, so each builder can share his/her creation with the…

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Fall Foliage Float

October 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$15 – $25

Join us for a morning canoe paddle and enjoy the colors of fall. Location will be determined the week of the event based on current water conditions. $15 members/ $25 non- members. Register online at http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/ or call 815-335-2915.

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Red-winged Blackbird Behavior

October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Have you ever wondered about some of the unusual behavior of birds? Come and learn about the behaviors of one of  our favorite migratory birds, the Red-winged Blackbird from Beloit College professor, Dr. Ken Yasukawa. Free, donations always appreciated. Register online at www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/ or call 815-335-2915.

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Outdoor Skills: Fire by Friction

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$5 – $10

Kids ages 10 to 16 years are invited to come and learn how our ancestors made fire by “rubbing two sticks together.”  Participants learn the basics of how both bow and hand drills are made, and put together their own hand-drill kits.  We’ll also cover fire safety and how to succeed in making a “one-match fire.” Registration required by Oct. 18; space limited to 10 participants. Cost $5 members/ $10 nonmembers.

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Science Saturday: Slithering Snakes and Creepy Crawlers

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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In the spirit of Halloween, join us for all things creepy and slithering!  Learn about those many-legged creatures that may make our skin crawl, but are oh-so-important in keeping our world in balance; meet their neighbors that slide through the night.  You might even get to taste some edible insect treats(!).  Mmmm...

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November 2017

Night Hike

November 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Reawaken your senses by exploring our trails after sunset on a guided night hike. Learn about some of the creatures that are most active after dark and witness the beauty of the night sky. You may bring a small flashlight, but we encourage you to maneuver the trail by the light of the stars and your own sensory awareness.

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Outdoor Skills (Families): Shelter Building

November 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Many of us recall making forts in the woods when we were kids.  Now is the time to share this fun activity with the next generation!  We’ll head out into the woods and each family will be tasked with making a water-proof shelter that will keep them snug.  We’ll review how to select a building site, the pros and cons of size and shape, and give you tips to help your creation be weather-tight.  All shelters will be dismantled at…

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Wild Turkeys in Fact and Folklore

November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Not long ago, our native wild turkeys had been extirpated from much of the region; their return to our woodlands has been a conservation success story. Turkeys are quite distinctive, both in physiology and in behavior, so let’s find out more about these fascinating birds that Benjamin Franklin called, “respectable… and withal a true original native of America.” RSVP by calling 815-335-2915 or filling out the online RSVP form here: http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/

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Science Saturday: Predators and Prey

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Note: This Science Saturday is a week earlier because of Thanksgiving weekend. Animals can be broken into two categories:  those that hunt, and those that get hunted.  Can you tell which is which just by looking at them?  Absolutely!  Join us in a variety of hands-on activities to learn the traits that make each type specialized for survival, and see if you have what it takes to survive as a predator or prey animal.

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December 2017

Reclaiming Our Place in Nature

December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Take a dive into Deep Ecology, exploring direct connections and experiential learning. Based on the Work that Reconnects, developed by Joanna Macy, a teacher rooted in systems theory, this program will challenge you to discover your rightful place in the natural world. Recognizing that humans have harmed the environment, it is important to realize that each of us can assist in healing such wounds. Interactive exercises will enable us to express our gratitude, honor our pain for the world, see it…

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Luminary Walk

December 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Join us for the Luminary Walk! This annual favorite brings together music, a warm fire, hot chocolate and a candle-lit walk through the snow. The candle trail will be lit from 6pm-9:00pm. Short guided night walks will be offered throughout each evening.

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Luminary Walk

December 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Join us for the Luminary Walk! This annual favorite brings together music, a warm fire, hot chocolate and a candle-lit walk through the snow. The candle trail will be lit from 6pm-9:00pm. Short guided night walks will be offered throughout each evening.

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Owl Prowl

December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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We tend to think of spring as the time when birds mate, but for owls, courtship and mating take place in the winter.  Our program starts indoors with an overview of owls, and then we will head outside and see if we can call in any owls out along the trails.  Dress for the weather. (NB:  we make no guarantees that we will find owls.) RSVP by calling 815-335-2915 or filling out the online RSVP form here: http://www.seversondells.com/community-programming-1/

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Winter Solstice Concert

December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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$10 – $15

Want to make the longest, darkest night of the year, one to be remember? Come out to Severson Dells to hear two amazing bands. Rockford's own Indie folk band, Taboo Blah Blah opens the night with their great original sound that got them listed as people to watch in 2016 and a couple of RAMI awards this year. Closing out the night will be the Minneapolis band, Good Morning Bedlam. They are fast becoming an innovative force in the Midwest…

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January 2018

Science Saturday:  Snowfari

January 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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  Snow science is the theme for today.  Come explore the science behind snowflakes, how critters survive in the subnivian layer, the benefits of brown fat, and more!

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February 2018

Science Saturday: Rockin’ Rodents

February 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Did you know that porcupines are rodents or that rodent teeth are always growing?  Rodents are awesome and often misunderstood.  It's time to set the record straight - rodents rock!

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March 2018

Science Saturday:  Mmm-Mmm – Maple Sugaring!

March 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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March means maple, and the delights of the maple sugaring season have a lot of science behind them!  Learn how/why the trees produce sap, which ones are best to tap (and why), how the sweet delights are made, and how science has modernized this ancient seasonal practice.

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May 2018

Science Saturday: The Dirt on Dirt

May 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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It’s all happening beneath our feet!  Most of the time we take the ground we walk on for granted, but when you leave this month’s Science Saturday, you will have a much greater appreciation for the importance of soil and what you can do to keep it alive. Come explore and get dirty with us as we dig deeper into the science of dirt! This is a drop in program, come when you can; stay as long as you like!

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Species Spotlight: Bat Hike

May 29, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Join naturalist Barbara Williams under the full moon to search for nocturnal wildlife. We should be able to 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 calls so that human ears can hear them. It is a fun way to find out what species of…

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June 2018

Drum Circle

June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Connect to the rhythms of nature that surround us, in close community with other drummers, bringing enhanced wellness to your life experience. Community hand drumming has been found to yield significant health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, even promoting physical and emotional healing. By synchronizing the various areas of the brain, drumming can actually improve one’s intellectual capacity. Weather-permitting, we’ll drum outdoors. If you can, please bring a hand drum or other rhythm…

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Readings from the Rookery

June 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program that introduces children to great nature books. After our story, everyone participates in outside activities that relate to the theme of the week.  This program targets 5-8 year-olds and focuses on the importance of getting kids outside. Space is limited so register early to attend. Free! Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Conservation Crew Restoration Day

June 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Because invasive species pose one of the most significant threats to nature in our time, vegetation management is a crucial step in the conservation of our natural areas. And you can help! Spend an invigorating morning (or several!) as a member of the Severson Dells Conservation Crew, working alongside fellow volunteers to remove invasive species from the woods. Weather permitting, we may make a cheerful fire of the brush that we cut. We work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.…

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Creek Walk

June 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Enjoy an afternoon exploring Hall Creek with Severson Dells naturalist, Ellen Rathbone, as we look for crayfish and other critters that call this stream home. Be prepared to get wet during this watery, muddy adventure! Space is limited. Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Readings from the Rookery

June 22, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program that introduces children to great nature books. After our story, everyone participates in outside activities that relate to the theme of the week.  This program targets 5-8 year-olds and focuses on the importance of getting kids outside. Space is limited so register early to attend. Free! Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Conservation Crew Restoration Day

June 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Because invasive species pose one of the most significant threats to nature in our time, vegetation management is a crucial step in the conservation of our natural areas. And you can help! Spend an invigorating morning (or several!) as a member of the Severson Dells Conservation Crew, working alongside fellow volunteers to remove invasive species from the woods. Weather permitting, we may make a cheerful fire of the brush that we cut. We work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.…

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Outdoor Yoga

June 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Enjoy an evening of traditional yoga, both relaxing and invigorating, punctuated with periods of relaxation and brief, guided meditation. Weather permitting, the session will be held outdoors under an open sky. Bring a yoga mat (suitable for outdoor use) and drinking water. Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Science Saturday- Life Under Water

June 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

A healthy stream or pond is full of all sorts of life.  Come learn about some of the incredible creatures that inhabit these watery worlds. Plan on getting a little wet during some explorations of the pond and stream! This is an open house style event, so feel free to show up any time between 10am and 2pm.

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July 2018

Readings from the Rookery

July 13, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program that introduces children to great nature books. After our story, everyone participates in outside activities that relate to the theme of the week.  This program targets 5-8 year-olds and focuses on the importance of getting kids outside. Space is limited so register early to attend. Free! Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Conservation Crew Restoration Day

July 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Free

Because invasive species pose one of the most significant threats to nature in our time, vegetation management is a crucial step in the conservation of our natural areas. And you can help! Spend an invigorating morning (or several!) as a member of the Severson Dells Conservation Crew, working alongside fellow volunteers to remove invasive species from the woods. Weather permitting, we may make a cheerful fire of the brush that we cut. We work from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.…

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Outdoor Yoga

July 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Enjoy an evening of traditional yoga, both relaxing and invigorating, punctuated with periods of relaxation and brief, guided meditation. Weather permitting, the session will be held outdoors under an open sky. Bring a yoga mat (suitable for outdoor use) and drinking water. Come for evening yoga and stay for the night hike that follows! Capacity is limited. Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Readings from the Rookery

July 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Severson Dells staff will lead this fun program that introduces children to great nature books. After our story, everyone participates in outside activities that relate to the theme of the week.  This program targets 5-8 year-olds and focuses on the importance of getting kids outside. Space is limited so register early to attend. Free! Register in advance at www.seversondells.com/community-programming or 815-335-2915.

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Science Saturday: Winged Wonders

July 28, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102 United States
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Bats, beetles, dragonflies, oh my!! Join us for a day all about animals and insects that fly. What are the benefits and challenges to flying? Explore the science behind flight during this open house style event. Come when you can, stay as long as you like!

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