Guests will enjoy a unique experience at this fundraiser for Nygren Wetland Preserve with the elegance of an outdoor dinner party under a big tent overlooking the prairie. The stunning landscape includes midsummer wildflowers like compass plant, false sunflower, grey-headed coneflower, wild bergamot and many more in full bloom, as well as the chance to see wildlife in their own habitat.
The social hour begins with signature drinks, cash bar and appetizers while listening to lively music. Guests will also delight in horse drawn carriage rides in the prairie prior to dinner or a walk on their own through the wildflowers. A nature themed silent auction will be open from the time guests arrive through the end of dinner. A live auction will follow dinner with exciting surprise experiences available for guests to bid on.
Schedule of Events 4:30 p.m. - Wagon rides through the Prairie. 5:30 p.m. - Prairie Street Social Hour with live music, complimentary signature drinks, cash bar 6:30 p.m. - Dinner served by Toni’s of Winnebago
Directions: 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.