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Free Family Nature Day

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Family Nature Day is a free, family themed event that features several learning stations scattered throughout Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Illinois. Children who visit 6 out of 12 learning stations will earn a Nygren Wetland Junior Naturalist badge and certificate and adults will earn a prize for visiting at least 6 stations.

Kids who attend Family Nature Day get a passport with facts and activities to get stamped at each station. Learning station topics are forests, mammals, archeology and human history, wetlands, pollinators, birds, invaders (invasive species), butterflies and seeds, raptors, prairies, water protection, and soil ecology. There will also be guided tours of the Anne Meyer Prairie Garden and wagon rides during the event.

Registration is requested for this free event and can be made by calling 815-964-6666 or by filling out the form online.

This free admission event is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund.


Nygren Wetland Preserve - 3190 West Rockton Rd., Rockton, IL 61072 - From Rockford, take 251 North to Rockton Road exit, turn west toward Rockton, drive through Rockton. The preserve is two miles west of Rockton on the south side of Rockton Road. The first entrance is only open to the public for events and workdays. The second entrance (across from Hansberry Road) has an overlook structure with a spotting scope and is open during daylight hours.

Free Family Nature Day