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Come and Explore- Do the Dells Dells Nature Center Family Day

Event Dates and Times

6/11/2016 - Starts: 10:30 AM - Ends: 4:30 PM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Special family day to celebrate 40 years of “linking people to nature.”
Sponsored by a tribute to Dr. Carl Hartman…”Critter Day”
Programs running from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Grove will be open all day long or just come out for a hike.
All free.

10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Laughing with the Animals - David Stokes presenting
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dr. Pond Scum Returns - Gary Pasch presenting
12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Have to have a Habitat - David Stokes presenting
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Dr. Pond Scum Returns - Gary Pasch presenting
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Laughing with the Animals - David Stokes presenting
4:00 p.m.-4:20 p.m. Community Drum Circle - (bring out something to bang on)
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Severson Dells Nature Center Quick Start for Canoers - at Forest Preserve Headquarters (Quarry)

Event Dates and Times

6/4/2016
Forest Preserve Headquarters 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103
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 on their trips will have to go through this at some time. For ages ten and up, paddling instructions as well as paddle time on the quarry lake. Free! Call to register: 815-335-2915.

Saturday, June 4, session 1: 9:00-10:30 a.m.,
or over flow session 2: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Severson Dells Nature Center Canoe Convoy Paddles the Kishwaukee River

Event Dates and Times

6/6/2016
6/13/2016
6/20/2016
6/27/2016
7/4/2016
7/11/2016
7/18/2016
Rockford IL
Join Severson Dells staff as we explore the miles upon miles of wonderful paddling opportunities we have on the Kishwaukee River! Staff instructors and volunteers will help you learn to be a more skillful and confident paddler and answer question about the river ecology. Equipment, guides and a shuttle are provided. You must call weekly to register and find out the location for the evenings paddle. Every week will feature a different stretch of river. Times will vary in length, but we will be off the river before 9:00pm. YOU MUST CALL TO REGISTER BEFORE THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO GET INFORMATION. All participates are REQUIRED to attend a quick start program before they can paddle. The quick start programs begin at 5:30pm before the paddle. Ages 10 and up, those under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. We reserve the right to cancel evening paddles if conditions are not favorable. (weather, water level, etc.) 815-335-2915.

Monday evenings (Except July 4), June 6 – June 27, and July 11 & 18, starting at 6:00 p.m.
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Severson Dells Nature Center Mussel Mania - Location TBA

Event Dates and Times

7/16/2016 - Starts: 10:00 AM - Ends: 11:30 AM
Rockford IL
Muckets, pigtoes, heel splitters and black sandshells-just a few of the unique creatures you might meet. Discover the secret world of freshwater mussels. Prepare for a “feet wet, hands-in” adventure. We will decide on the exact location (depends on the water levels, etc.) closer to the date and notify participants. Ages 8 and older. Free! Registration required. 815-335-2915.
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Severson Dells Nature Center- Birding Hike

Event Dates and Times

7/9/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 11:30 AM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Binoculars and ears to the skies! Come and enjoy the mornings’ migrants and assist Severson Dells biologist/educator Greg Keilback and help put together a species list of birds. We will start off in the education center monitoring the bird feeders then walk through the various habitats at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. The hike will be of moderate difficulty. Free. Please call to register: 1-815-335-2915.
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Severson Dells Nature Center Dig In - at Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

Event Dates and Times

6/25/2016 - Starts: 9:30 AM - Ends: 11:00 AM
Pecatonica River Forest Preserve 14260 Brick School Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063
Severson Dells volunteer, Jen Shepeck will lead this fun family fossil hunt. Meet at the Pecatonica River Forest Preserve barn for a short introduction. We will carpool to the quarry located at the forest preserve to search for fossils. Jen has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Earth Science, a minor in Geology and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Northern Iowa. Free! Registration required. 815-335-2915.
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Severson Dells Nature Center-Birding Hike

Event Dates and Times

6/25/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 11:30 AM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Binoculars and ears to the skies! Come and enjoy the mornings’ migrants and assist Severson Dells biologist/educator Greg Keilback and help put together a species list of birds. We will start off in the education center monitoring the bird feeders then walk through the various habitats at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. The hike will be of moderate difficulty. Free. Please call to register: 1-815-335-2915.
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Severson Dells Nature Center- Dell Day

Event Dates and Times

6/17/2016 - Starts: 10:00 AM - Ends: 12:30 PM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Join Severson Dells Biologist/Educator Greg Keilback as we focus on the plant life found in and around the precipices of the dells. Spring flowers, fern fronds, and migrating birds; that’s a good way to spend a Friday morning. The hike and exploration will include difficult terrain, but you are free to stay within your comfort zone. I love that there are natural places right here in our backyard that push us in our comfort zones! Free. Please call to register: 1-815-335-2915.
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Severson Dells Nature Center School is out and the Frogs are Celebrating - At Pecatonica River Forest Preserve

Event Dates and Times

6/2/2016 - Starts: 6:30 PM - Ends: 8:00 PM
Pecatonica River Forest Preserve 14260 Brick School Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063
Meet at Pecatonica River Forest Preserve shelterhouse. Severson Dells staff will present a brief introduction about the different species of frogs and toads found in northern IL. We’ll listen to their calls and explain the importance of their populations in natural communities. Depending on the weather, we’ll walk to the oxbow lake (easy 1 mile walk there and back), listen for any frogs or toads heard or anything else screaming, “schools out for the summer.” We’ll then carpool to Pecatonica Wetlands and other properties of the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and give a listen there too. Ages 8 and older. Free! Registration required. 815-335-2915.
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Severson Dells Nature Center-Pond Exploration

Event Dates and Times

6/2/2016 - Starts: 10:00 AM - Ends: 11:30 AM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Kids, bring your grown up to Severson Dells for some hands-on pond exploration. We will meet 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. Free, but registration is required. Space is limited.
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Severson Dells Nature Center- Birding Hike

Event Dates and Times

5/7/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 11:30 AM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Binoculars and ears to the skies! Come and enjoy the mornings’ migrants and assist Severson Dells biologist/educator Greg Keilback and help put together a species list of birds. We will start off in the education center monitoring the bird feeders then walk through the various habitats at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. The hike will be of moderate difficulty. Free. Please call to register: 1-815-335-2915.
Severson Dells Nature Center 1-815-335-2915

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