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In the Outdoors (Free Nature Programs)

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FREE NATURE PROGRAM SESSIONS CONTINUE AT ATWOOD PARK-- Rockford Park District's Atwood Center invites all ages to experience In the Outdoors presented by Rock River Disposal, a series of free in-person activities held select Saturdays through September 18, 2021, rain or shine, at 334-acre Seth B. Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Rd., Rockford, IL. Bring the entire family for a few hours of fun experiencing and learning about nature and aspects of the park through the variety of two-hour outdoor programs. The next three sessions are scheduled as follows:

June 12, 20219-11 am:  Outdoor DIY: Bow Drill Edition -Learn about primitive items, and try to make a fire-starting bow drill, to gain some perspective on what life used to be like for those that hiked this land in the past.

July 17, 2021, 9-11 am:  Kishwaukee Critters - Catch crayfish, bluegill, and invertebrates, for up-close, hands-on observation with Atwood’s skilled staff. Learn about creatures that live in the Kishwaukee River, and run a few scientific tests to check the river’s health.

August 28, 2021, 9-11 am:  Camping 101: Creating an Outdoor Oasis - Learn ways to enjoy life outside by setting up a tent, starting a fire, and packing for a hike, along with some basic first aid.

        Advance registrations are highly recommended for each In the Outdoors session; please register at www.atwoodpark.org/programs. This series is one of many free family-friendly activities offered by the Rockford Park District for the community to enjoy.

        Safety has been and will continue to be a top priority for the Rockford Park District. The District has worked with and followed guidelines from the CDC, IDPH, Restore Illinois, and local health officials to develop procedures and protocols to ensure a fun and safe recreational experience. Complete information is posted at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/playitsafe.

        More information on Atwood programs and group activities (in-person and virtual), as well as facility rentals and retreats, is available at www.atwoodpark.org and at 815-966-8747. For information on accessibility and support for visitors with disabilities, call or text 815-987-8800.





In the Outdoors (Free Nature Programs)