Severson Dells Nature Center

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Severson Dells Nature Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit. More than 17,000 people take part in a program through the center each year.
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The Nature Center is located on the grounds of the Severson Dells Forest Preserve.

Mission: We link people of all ages to nature through education.

Perplexed as to what to give those kids in your life that already seem to have everything? Consider giving the gift of a...
12/01/2019

Perplexed as to what to give those kids in your life that already seem to have everything? Consider giving the gift of an experience they will never forget - a week at summer camp making new friends, having adventures in the natural world, developing confidence, and learning more about themselves and the world around them. We have added NEW camps this year and have something for youth ages 4 to 16! We even have a brand new mini-camp for adults, a winter camp, and a spring break camp!
https://www.seversondells.com/camp
Hint: Become a member and save big! Plus, members can give a FREE gift membership - scratch off another person on your gift list! https://www.seversondells.com/givingbacksdnc

For #GivingTuesday, we are raising money for our Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Please donate what you can so that more k...
11/30/2019

For #GivingTuesday, we are raising money for our Summer Camp Scholarship Fund. Please donate what you can so that more kids can enjoy summer camp at Severson Dells.
https://www.seversondells.com/givingtuesday
What can it mean for a child to experience camp? Just ask Andrea Wallace Noble, our Naturalist/Educator who was a return camper at Severson Dells throughout her childhood:
"I am grateful that I grew up as a summer camp kid out at Severson. At camp, I learned to be silly and serious, brave and brilliant, creative and compassionate. I learned a lot at camp, met incredible mentors, established a life-long connection to nature, and most of all, I had a TON of fun. I firmly believe that fun is not something to be brushed off or taken lightly-- it is so important. Play and make-believe and other forms of fun nurture our souls in a way that nothing else can." Read more about Andrea's story on our blog: http://bit.ly/2OS6osE

REI is taking #OptOutside to a new level this year by asking members to join the 52-week Opt to Act plan. For each week ...
11/29/2019
#OptOutside Is Not Enough: REI Ups Black Friday Ante | GearJunkie

REI is taking #OptOutside to a new level this year by asking members to join the 52-week Opt to Act plan. For each week of 2020, REI has outlined a plan for how people can live more gently on the earth. They couldn't have made it easier for us. Thanks Recreational Equipment Incorporated!

https://www.rei.com/blog/stewardship/the-opt-to-act-plan?cm_mmc=aff_AL-_-5889-_-7185-_-NA&avad=7185_b17dcc4ed

For its fifth year running, REI will close its stores, cease processing online payments, and pay all of its 13,000-plus employees to 'Opt Outside' for Black Friday. But the company now says it — and its members — need to do more.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Severson Dells Nature Center. We feel gratitude each and every day for all our...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Severson Dells Nature Center. We feel gratitude each and every day for all our supporters and friends. May your day be filled with love, laughter, and, of course, nature!
~ Ann, Ellen, Andrea, Nancy, Jessie, Ben, and Holly

P.S. Severson Dells Forest Preserve will be open dawn to dusk, but the Nature Center will be closed on Thanksgiving. We hope to see you on Friday for Turkey Twist Yoga and Opt Outside Hike with Severson Dells and Rocktown Adventures.

Plan to do some online shopping this weekend? If you shop at Amazon, we hope you'll consider using Amazon Smile which do...
11/27/2019

Plan to do some online shopping this weekend? If you shop at Amazon, we hope you'll consider using Amazon Smile which donates money to charities with no cost to the consumer. Simply go to Smile.Amazon.com and choose Severson Dells Educational Foundation as your chosen charity. You use the same Amazon account you already have and shop like normal - just make sure you always start out by visiting Smile.Amazon.com. Thank you for helping to support our programs!

As we head into Thanksgiving tomorrow, we wanted to share this lovely essay by the wonderful Robin Wall Kimmerer that in...
11/27/2019
Returning the Gift

As we head into Thanksgiving tomorrow, we wanted to share this lovely essay by the wonderful Robin Wall Kimmerer that inspires gratitude for all the Earth gives us and encourages us to enter into a reciprocal relationship with Earth.
In what ways do you give back?

Biologist Robin Wall Kimmerer discusses how creating a reciprocal relationship with the Earth must start from a position of gratitude.

For #givingtuesday2018 we raised money to restore and build new features in the Grove  Nature Playscape, like finishing ...
11/26/2019

For #givingtuesday2018 we raised money to restore and build new features in the Grove Nature Playscape, like finishing the floor in the Leopold shack. Thank you to all who donated so generously!!!

This year for giving Tuesday, all funds donated will go to our summer camp scholarship fund. We believe that every child deserves time in nature. If you believe this too, please consider donating to our #GivingTuesday campaign.
https://www.seversondells.com/givingtuesday

In preparation for your feast this week, learn a bit more about the bird on your table.
11/26/2019
When Turkeys Attack

In preparation for your feast this week, learn a bit more about the bird on your table.

Why are wild turkeys chasing down mail carriers and bicyclists?

Our Conservation Crew was hard at work today! We cleared, piled, and burned a lot of honeysuckle. Join the fun at a Rest...
11/25/2019

Our Conservation Crew was hard at work today! We cleared, piled, and burned a lot of honeysuckle. Join the fun at a Restoration Workday on the second Saturday and fourth Monday of each month from 9AM-12PM.

11/25/2019
Join us for our annual winter favorite event Luminaria on December 13 and 14. Walk the candlelit trail, listen to live m...
11/24/2019

Join us for our annual winter favorite event Luminaria on December 13 and 14. Walk the candlelit trail, listen to live music, enjoy hot cocoa by the crackling fire, hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snowy prairie and make some memories in our photo booth. This year, you can also decorate a tree cookie ornament to take home! FREE! No registration needed, but more info is available on our website: www.seversondells.org/luminaria

11/22/2019
Severson Dells Nature Summer Camps

At Severson Dells, we believe every child deserves access to discover the joy of nature. That's why for #GivingTuesday, all donations received will be put toward our Camp Scholarship Fund. Please save the date for #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2019 and help a child go to summer camp at Severson Dells! https://www.seversondells.com/givingtuesday

Get a glimpse of summer fun outside with Severson Dells camps. Video by Charles Johannsen.

Join Amanda Stivers for this special day-after-Thanksgiving yoga class to help you rebalance and restore. Amanda will se...
11/22/2019

Join Amanda Stivers for this special day-after-Thanksgiving yoga class to help you rebalance and restore. Amanda will serve tea and teach yoga twists to help you digest and recenter after the busy holiday. Turkey Twist Yoga is suitable for all levels! Register online: https://www.seversondells.com/events/turkeytwist

Make a morning of it and stay after for our Opt Outside Hike with Severson Dells and Rocktown Adventures at 10:30 AM.

Want to help Severson Dells win a $10,000 grant? All you have to do is share your giving story before #givingtuesday on ...
11/22/2019
MyGivingStory

Want to help Severson Dells win a $10,000 grant? All you have to do is share your giving story before #givingtuesday on December 3rd and choose Severson Dells as the charity you are nominating at the website below. Thank you for all your gifts to the community!
https://mygivingstory.givingtuesday.org/

Enter the #MyGivingStory contest with a story about inspiring acts of giving and generosity and you could win $10,000 for your favorite charity! And who knows, you might inspire someone else to give back, too!

Wintertime is full of joy and wonder in the natural world! Join Naturalist Andrea for a morning exploring the winter won...
11/21/2019

Wintertime is full of joy and wonder in the natural world! Join Naturalist Andrea for a morning exploring the winter wonderland with your favorite 3 to 6-year-old at Nature Sprouts: Wonderful Winter Animals on December 10th from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Register on our website: https://www.seversondells.com/events/wonderfulwinteranimals

11/21/2019
Luminaria 2019

Join us for our beloved annual Luminaria at Severson Dells. Walk the candlelit trails, take a horsedrawn carriage ride, sip hot cocoa by the fire, listen to live music, make a tree cookie ornament and more! This FREE family event takes place Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each night. We hope you will join us! For more information, visit www.seversondells.org/luminaria

Come check out our gift shop for our cool new Severson gear along with fun, nature-themed gifts for all ages!
11/20/2019

Come check out our gift shop for our cool new Severson gear along with fun, nature-themed gifts for all ages!

Come check out our gift shop for our cool new Severson gear along with fun, nature-themed gifts for all ages!

We couldn’t be happier that the Comeback Kid is at home at Severson Dells. Congratulations, Andrea Wallace Noble! You ar...
11/20/2019

We couldn’t be happier that the Comeback Kid is at home at Severson Dells. Congratulations, Andrea Wallace Noble! You are amazing!

She met her husband in college and told him she would only marry him if they ended up in Rockford! Auburn Knights graduate Andrea Wallace Noble loves our city! Born and raised here, she remembers reading stories with her mother about early Rockford history. And when she was in first grade she started writing letters to the Mayor about ways to improve our city. When she left for college in Michigan in 2015, she always knew she wanted to come back and make Rockford home for the rest of her life. And that she did. Andrea is back home, working for Severson Dells Nature Center and loving life. “When I tell people I am here to stay, people congratulate me,” said Andrea. “We are finally believing in what this city has to offer us. Rockfordians, more than ever, are sporting their Rockford Art Deli shirts and munching on Beefaroo cheese fries. And it’s not just me, a lot of my friends fell the same way.” We’re so glad you’re home and love our city so much, Andrea! Thanks for seeing our region as one of opportunity, innovation and desirability! 👍 #ComebackKids #TransformRockford

Thanks to David Olson for this incredible photograph of Severson Dells!
11/19/2019

Thanks to David Olson for this incredible photograph of Severson Dells!

Severson Dells prairie and oak savanna in Winnebago county Illinois.Those cold November sky's and the light playing-on the prairie made for a neat black and white image of this beautiful contrasting landscape.

Join us for an alternative to Black Friday with Turkey Twist Yoga with Amanda Stivers! Register online: https://www.seve...
11/19/2019

Join us for an alternative to Black Friday with Turkey Twist Yoga with Amanda Stivers! Register online: https://www.seversondells.com/events/turkeytwist

Afterwards, #optoutside with a hike on the land with Rocktown Adventures. https://www.seversondells.com/events/optoutside2019

It’s that time of year again! It is time for my original turkey twist yoga class! Stay away from the hustle and bustle of Black Friday with some yoga! My class this year will be held at the beautiful Severson Dells Nature Center.

This yoga practice will be full of yoga twists to help digest all that delicious Thanksgiving food. I will also be bringing along some herbal tea blends I made for digestive support for you to enjoy!  This yoga practice will leave you feeling refreshed calm and centered.

All levels of yoga practice are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please bring a yoga mat.

Friday, November 29, 2019
Time: 9-10am
Cost: $12(members)
$15(non-members)

Come on baby! Let’s do the Twist! 😁✨❤️🕉

Amanda Stivers Yoga
11/18/2019

Amanda Stivers Yoga

It’s that time of year again! It is time for my original turkey twist yoga class! Stay away from the hustle and bustle of Black Friday with some yoga! My class this year will be held at the beautiful Severson Dells Nature Center.

This yoga practice will be full of yoga twists to help digest all that delicious Thanksgiving food. I will also be bringing along some herbal tea blends I made for digestive support for you to enjoy!  This yoga practice will leave you feeling refreshed calm and centered.

All levels of yoga practice are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please bring a yoga mat.

Friday, November 29, 2019
Time: 9-10am
Cost: $12(members)
$15(non-members)

Come on baby! Let’s do the Twist! 😁✨❤️🕉

Luminaria 2019 is right around the corner! We hope you are as excited as we are about our favorite annual family-friendl...
11/18/2019

Luminaria 2019 is right around the corner! We hope you are as excited as we are about our favorite annual family-friendly event! Walk the candlelit trails, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, listen to music in the nature classroom, sip hot cocoa by the fire, make an ornament to take home and capture a silly photo in our photo booth. It will certainly be a weekend to remember! We are excited to welcome Canto Zenzero on Friday, December 13th and Swingbilly RFD on Saturday, December 14th. This FREE event requires no registration and takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM each night. For more information, visit our webpage: https://www.seversondells.com/luminaria
#Luminaria #815Outside

Attention homeschoolers: learn a new skill with us at our November homeschool program all about cordage. We'll harvest n...
11/17/2019

Attention homeschoolers: learn a new skill with us at our November homeschool program all about cordage. We'll harvest nettles and make our very own cordage with it! The program will take place on November 21st at 9:30 AM. For ages 8 and up. Register early: http://bit.ly/CORDAGE

We had a wonderful collective for our Drum-Making Workshop today! The drums turned out beautiful.
11/16/2019

We had a wonderful collective for our Drum-Making Workshop today! The drums turned out beautiful.

🐍 Gideon the Garter Snake Update 🐍 Gideon is a Plains Garter Snake. He is doing well and growing like a weed. He enjoys ...
11/16/2019

🐍 Gideon the Garter Snake Update 🐍
Gideon is a Plains Garter Snake. He is doing well and growing like a weed. He enjoys cuddling with Andrea, going for swims in his water dish, and performing acrobatics to the amazement of the staff at Severson Dells.

Calling all 14-20 year olds! At Exploring, you will build your resume, get insider tips on making a career in the outdoo...
11/15/2019

Calling all 14-20 year olds! At Exploring, you will build your resume, get insider tips on making a career in the outdoors, and serve your community. Join us for our FREE information session next Tuesday!
Let us know you are coming here:https://www.seversondells.com/exploring

Happy birthday to Georgia O’Keefe, an artist who helped us see nature in a whole different way. Did you know that she wa...
11/15/2019

Happy birthday to Georgia O’Keefe, an artist who helped us see nature in a whole different way.

Did you know that she was born in Sun Prairie, WI, in 1887? This painting, “Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock-Hills” was painted in 1935.

Want an alternative to the shopping madness of Black Friday? #OptOutside with Rocktown Adventures and Severson Dells Nat...
11/15/2019

Want an alternative to the shopping madness of Black Friday? #OptOutside with Rocktown Adventures and Severson Dells Nature Center for an uncrowded, relaxing adventure in nature on November 29th at 10:30 AM.

Register online: https://www.seversondells.com/events/optoutside2019

So much truth here.
11/14/2019

So much truth here.

Why do you give to Severson Dells Nature Center?Share your story by 12/3 and help us win a grant! #MyGivingStoryEnter yo...
11/14/2019

Why do you give to Severson Dells Nature Center?
Share your story by 12/3 and help us win a grant! #MyGivingStory
Enter your story here: http://bit.ly/MyGivingStory2019

What makes for a Winning story?

~ The ideal length of a written story is 500-600 words
~ A polished, thoughtful, and complete narrative results in higher engagement and overall story success.
~ The stories that were most popular and produced the highest levels of engagement were those that followed or were similar in structure to the five-part dramatic arc employed in Greek and Shakespearean drama – which contains five key components: the exposition (setting the stage), rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution
~ Adding an image to a written story substantially improved engagement.
~ Note that, while logos and other organizational branding are better than no image, photos tend to yield better results.

The Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and Severson Dells Nature Center, along with SwedishAmerican were highlighted i...
11/12/2019

The Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and Severson Dells Nature Center, along with SwedishAmerican were highlighted in the most recent newsletter for the Association of Nature Center Administrators for the Get Outside, Get Healthy passport and the Walk with Swedes program. We are so fortunate to have these amazing resources and partnerships in our community!

Keep your eye out next spring for the next edition of the Get Outside, Get Healthy passport full of activities for all ages!

What's the latest in news for nature and environmental centers? Read our 🍂 fall newsletter 🍂 to find out! This issue includes stories on a major study in EE, medical partnerships, and much more. See the preview here: bit.ly/2NAao1r

Stories feature ANCA members Cincinnati Nature Center, Ijams Nature Center, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, Severson Dells Nature Center, Three Rivers Park District-Gale Woods Farm, and Seven Ponds Nature Center, with a contribution from Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.

📷 Pic: Fall at Ottawa Sands County Park in Michigan, taken by Mike Lozon

Are you thirsty to be a part of something and make a real difference locally? Check out our latest blog about membership...
11/12/2019
Give Back With A Severson Dells Membership — Severson Dells Nature Center

Are you thirsty to be a part of something and make a real difference locally? Check out our latest blog about membership benefits and how you can even give a gift membership FOR FREE!

Did you know that you have the opportunity to become part of the Severson Dells community with a membership? Yes, really! Becoming a member at Severson Dells is easy. You pay a small fee and receive many perks that come with being a member. We recently asked current members why they are members. Man

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8786 Montague Rd
Rockford, IL
61102

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30
Saturday 08:00 - 16:30
Sunday 13:00 - 16:30

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