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Concert in the Country Severson Dells celebrating 40 years of “linking people to nature.”

Event Dates and Times

6/26/2016
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Severson Dells celebrating 40 years of “linking people to nature.”
Sunday, June 26
12:30 p.m. Taboo Blah Blah
2:30 p.m. Roadkill Ghost Choir
4:30 p.m. Webb Wilder and Beatnecks
Free show, but donations would be greatly appreciated.
You do need to call to register. 815-335-2915.
We have Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61101, reserved if weather is inclement.
You will receive an email or phone call if location is changed.

Concerts are held outside in the Grove at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. Bring a chair, blanket, picnic dinner and your favorite beverage! Sit back and relax and listen to great tunes in a natural setting.
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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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A Day in the Dells with Carrie Newcomer

Event Dates and Times

7/17/2016 - Starts: 12:30 PM - Ends: 4:00 PM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Concert held outside in the Grove at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. Bring a chair, blanket, picnic dinner and your favorite beverage! Sit back and relax and listen to the beautiful voice of Carrie Newcomer in a natural setting.
• Picnic will begin at 12:30 p.m. with preferred sitting for “Friends of Severson Dells.”
• Non-members may find their places at 1:00 p.m.
• Concert begins at 2:30 p.m.
• Free show, but donations would be appreciated.
• You do need to call to register. 815-335-2915.
We have Veterans Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St. Rockford, IL 61101, reserved if weather is inclement.
You will receive an email or phone call if location is changed.

Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy winning songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. Named by Chicago’s WFMT as one of “the 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years,” she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice and interfaith dialogue. Boston’s WBEZ has also listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. She has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone, “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate” by The Austin Statesman, and “She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, and then say, ‘that is so true’ ” by The Dallas Morning News.
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102. 1-815-335-2915

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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- Wizard of the Dells

Event Dates and Times

7/13/2016 - 7/14/2016
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
It is back and it bigger and better than before!!! (You are thinking how that can be!) One of the staff’s favorite of all the former Eco-Halloween programs that we have done in the past. Meet the Oz characters as they visit the Severson Dells woods. Follow Dorothy on the hard-surfaced trail to meet the munchkins, scarecrow, tinman, lion, the wicked witch, as well as the wizard himself. All characters will be more than willing to share their environmental message with you. GREAT FUN!!!
The tours are targeted for children ages 5-11. Each tour will take about an hour in length. We limit the number of people on each tour, so call for reservations. 815-335-2915.

Starting at 6:00pm and leaving every 15 minutes

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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- Milkweed Madness

Event Dates and Times

7/6/2016 - Starts: 6:30 PM - Ends: 8:30 PM
Forest Preserve Headquarters 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103
Here’s a scavenger hunt that we bet you have never gone on? Join staff naturalist on this excursion to find the diverse plant members of the genus Asclepias. We will carpool to a variety of plant communities across the county in search of the many different milkweed species. No Fee, just fun, meet at FP headquarters parking lot.
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Severson Dells Nature Center Journey to Leopold’s Shack/International Crane Foundation

Event Dates and Times

7/5/2016
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Join Severson Dells Nature Center for the day spent in beautiful Baraboo, Wisconsin! We will tour the Aldo Leopold shack and farm, then do a short interactive exploration and overview of the Leopold Center “green” building. The Leopold Center is a place to reconnect with the reasons why the out of doors is important to you. No matter how many times you have been it is worth it every time. We will stop at the International Crane Foundation as well in the afternoon. Wear outdoor clothes and comfortable shoes although hiking is very easy.

Van leaves Severson Dells Nature Center at 8:00 a.m.
We will plan on being back to Severson by 5:00 p.m.

The cost is $15.00 per person. Call for more information, space is limited: 815-335-2915 (Sponsored in part by Pheasants Forever, Winnebago County Chapter).
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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- Creek Exploration

Event Dates and Times

6/8/2016 - Starts: 1:00 PM - Ends: 2:30 PM
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Kids, bring your grown up to Severson Dells for some feet-in creek exploration. We will meet at the shelterhouse and walk to the creek. The creek has a rocky, silty bottom and will be knee deep or less. Proper footwear is essential-recommendations provided when registering. We will supply buckets, nets, 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- Readings from the Rookery

Event Dates and Times

6/3/2016
6/10/2016
6/17/2016
6/24/2016
7/1/2016
7/8/2016
7/15/2016
7/22/2016
7/29/2016
Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102
Severson Dells summer intern Chloe Hensley and summer seasonals, Annie Lynch and Brett Olpin will lead this fun program to introduce kids to great nature books and then 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
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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- Hoppy Frog Day to You!

Event Dates and Times

5/11/2016 - Starts: 6:30 PM - Ends: 8:00 PM
Sugar River Forest Preserve 10127 Forest Preserve Road, Durand, IL 61024
Meet in the lower picnic area and we’ll cover this wonderful preserve looking and listening for frogs.
As the season progresses we have different species of frogs out calling, usually Sugar River is hopping with these green little guys. Keep your web toes crossed and we’ll have a great night. Free, Ages 8 and older call for reservations 815-335-2915.
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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.
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Mindfulness Walk

Event Dates and Times

10/14/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 11:00 AM
Anderson Japanese Garden, Rockford, IL
Designed to help those in the early stages of living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias live a full, joyful life. Living a healthy life with Alzheimer’s disease involves maintaining your physical, emotional, social and spiritual health
Lorita Ooyen
815-484-1300

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Mindful Walk

Event Dates and Times

Anderson Japanese Garden, 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
Designed to help those in the early stages of living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias live a full, joyful life. Living a healthy life with Alzheimer’s disease involves maintaining your physical, emotional, social and spiritual health
Lorita Ooyen
815-484-1300

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Mindful Walk

Event Dates and Times

5/20/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 11:30 AM
Anderson Japanese Garden, Rockford, IL
Designed to help those in the early stages of living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias live a full, joyful life. Living a healthy life with Alzheimer’s disease involves maintaining your physical, emotional, social and spiritual health
Lorita Ooyen
815-484-1300

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Garden Fair

Event Dates and Times

6/4/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 6:00 PM
6/5/2016 - Starts: 9:00 AM - Ends: 6:00 PM
South Main Street and Clifton Avenue, Rockford IL Saturday, June 4, 2016 9am-6pm Sunday, June 5, 2016 9am-4pm
The annual Garden Fair is getting a little face lift this year. "New and Improved" isn't just for your cereal box anymore! We've eliminated Friday night and extended our Sunday hours. We're also adding more vendors, food options, entertainment and even rearranging things a bit. There will still be all the great vendors you have come to know and love. Plus the addition of more art and antique sellers, making for a really great day of 'fairing'! There's always something for everyone at Garden Fair Weekend, whether it's a basket of begonias, some garden art, handmade soap, a vintage gate, or even a nice cold beer. You'll be glad you ventured out to South Main Street and Clifton Avenue. Garden Fair Weekend is Rockford's biggest and best outdoor marketplace for all kinds of terrific stuff.
For more information contact Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden at 815-965-8146.

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