Rockford Park District's Atwood Center invites all ages to experience "In the Outdoors," a series of free activities held one Saturday a month April-October. 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 morning, afternoon, and evening outdoor and indoor programs.
April 15, 2017, 1-3 p.m. - Heroes of the Woods Powerful plants and animals are working day and night to save the woods, but now, they need your help! Dress in your favorite superhero costume and join in on a hike to discover these super plants and animals, then help staff remove invasive species.
May 20, 2017, 1-3 p.m. - Wilderness 101 Join Atwood instructors as they share their tips and tricks about how to pack a hiking backpack, and what to do if you find yourself lost. Then, journey deep into the forest to build a shelter, or try your skills at starting a fire.
June 17, 2017, 9-11 a.m. - That Fish is Cray! Be a scientist for a day, and discover whether or not crayfish are actually fish, and what else lives in the Kishwaukee River. Run some tests to check the health of the river, and play some games along the way.
July 15, 2017, 1-3 p.m. - Odd-colored Feathers and Hawks of Steel What type of hawk doesn’t have any feathers? A tomahawk! Test your skills in our new tomahawk toss range. Then, see if your aim is any better with a bow in our archery range. As an added bonus, arrive at 1pm to see our Birds of Prey getting fed, and see a live hawk in action!
August 19, 2017, 9:00am-11:00am - Atwood's Excellent Adventure Bring your team and your favorite running shoes for an “Amazing Race” style trip around Atwood Park! We will gather at the lodge and send you and your group off to follow a marked trail on the north side of the park, just over 1 mile long. There will be some stops along the way, where staff will greet you with some challenges. Think your group has what it takes?
September 16, 2017, 1-3 p.m. - 100 Years in the Trenches Join our instructors on this wildly good time as they share their tips and tricks about how to pack a hiking backpack and what to do if you find yourself lost. Then, journey deep into our forest and build a shelter, or try your skills at starting a fire!
October 21, 2017, 7-9 p.m. - Mind Tricks (and Treats)! “Wait! Did you see that!? I swear I just saw something move!” This is something our instructors often hear while leading a hike at night. Come enjoy how wonderful the woods can be at night, and do some activities to learn the science behind why your mind plays tricks on you. And after all of the tricks, finish your night with a S’more around the campfire for a delicious treat!
These are drop-in programs, with no registration required; however, groups of five or more are asked to phone ahead to notify staff at 815-966-8747. This series is one of many free family-friendly activities offered by the Rockford Park District. More information on Atwood programs, facility rentals, and group activities and retreats is available at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/atwood. For information on accessibility and support for visitors with disabilities, call 815-987-8800.
Directions: From Bypass 20 take Hwy 251 (11th St.) exit south. Continue on Hwy 251 (11th St.) to New Milford School Rd. Turn left (East) on New Milford School Rd.