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Wander at the Wetland: Full Moon Snowshoe & Hike

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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Nygren Wetland Preserve in 2020 starting with this fun winter event. Experience the winter landscape of the prairie and wetland of Nygren Wetland Preserve.

NLI will hold this fun outdoor event for all ages with or without snow. Take a hike, snowshoe or ski the trail lit by hundreds of luminaries, sponsored by NorthPointe Health & Wellness Campus. You can head out on the trail on your own or follow a tour guide who will tell you about Natural Land Institute and Nygren Wetland Preserve, a 721-acre wildlife habitat. Listen to the stillness, or for the call of owls in the distance, watch the sunset in the horizon over the wetland, look for the nearly full moon (if it’s not hidden by clouds) and enjoy exploring this natural area with family and friends.

Places to warm up include the winter-themed greenhouse with hot cocoa and snacks and two bonfires.

Snowshoes will be available to rent for a $10 donation to NLI and are sponsored by Rocktown Adventures. You may also bring your own snowshoes or skis.

Please register for this free event by Wednesday, Feb. 5


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.

Wander at the Wetland: Full Moon Snowshoe & Hike