What is the 8 of 15 Challenge?

The 8 of 15 Challenge is a fun way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get out and enjoy the beautiful green spaces in our community! Simply complete at least 8 of the 15 activities listed on the right (you can click on the image to download it as a PDF) and fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Submit the form by September 5th to be entered in our grand prize drawing! Everyone who submits the form has the option to be highlighted in our e-newsletter (sign up for the e-newsletter here).

Share Your Adventures With Us!

Share your photos and videos from the 8 of 15 Challege with us by using this Google Form or by attaching them to the form below!

Outdoor Summer Activities:

 

Natural Land Institute Events (Summer 2022)
  • Weekly/Monthly Stewardship Day – Wednesday – Saturday. Free. Learn more here.

  • Wildflower Walkabouts: 6 pm – 7:30 pm alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Free. Learn more here. (Note: Severson Dells and the Natural Land Institute run Wildflower walks together, but each walk can only count as one activity on your challenge checklist).

    • Tuesday, May 31: Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve

    • Wednesday, June 8: Jarrett Prairie Nature Preserve

    • Tuesday, June 14: Deer Run Forest Preserve

    • Wednesday, June 22: Searls Prairie Nature Preserve

    • Tuesday, June 28: Pecatonica Ridge Prairie

  • Family Nature Adventures: virtual/self-paced and/or Saturday, June 25th: 9 am – 1 pm at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Free. This activity is specifically designed for children/families. Learn more here.

Find a full list of events here.

Rockford Park District Events (Summer 2022)

Note: all Rockford Park District events must have an outdoor component to count toward the 8 of 15 Challenge.

  • Weekly: Saturday Activities and Birds of Prey Feeding at Atwood Park: Saturdays: 10 am – 2 pm. Free. learn more here.

  • Weekly: Saturday Activities at Lockwood Park: Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Sounds of Summer at Sinnissippi Park: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 pm – 9 pm. Free. Learn more here.

    • Tuesday, June 7th: A Kickoff to Summer

    • Thursday, June 9th: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

    • Tuesday, June 14th: Stage & Screen

    • Thursday, June 16th: American English Beatles Tribute

    • Tuesday, June 21st: Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps

    • Thursday, June 23rd: Danielle Juhre

    • Tuesday, June 28th: Pascuala Ilabaca

    • Thursday, June 30th: Kashmir

    • Tuesday, July 5th: An Evening of Ensembles

    • Thursday: July 7th: Laura Rain & The Caesars

    • Tuesday, July 12th: Favorite Old & New

    • Tuesday, July 19: The Jodi Beach Trio

    • Thursday, July 21st: The Blooze Brothers

    • Tuesday, July 26th: Land of Make Believe

    • Thursday, July 28th: The Special Consensus

    • Tuesday, August 2nd: Rock Valley Summer Festival Orchestra

    • Thursday, August 4th: Steely Dane

  • Family Garden Hike at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens: Friday, June 10th: 10 am – 10:45 am. Free. Learn more here.

Find a full list of events here.

Nature at the Confluence Events (Summer 2022)
  • Weekly: Wednesday Work Day: Wednesdays, 10 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Weekly: Tuesday Trailblazing: Tuesdays, 2 pm – 6 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Weekly (June 17th – July 29th): Friday Nature Friends: Fridays, 10 am – 11 am. Free. Learn more here.

  • Monthly (on the 3rd Thursday of the month): Community Fire and Drum Circle. Thursdays, 6:30 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Trek for National Trails Day: Saturday, June 4th: 10 am – 4 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Summer Solstice Community Fire and Drum Circle: Tuesday, June 21st: 6:30 pm. Free. Learn more here.

Find a full list of events here.

Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Events (Summer 2022)
  • Hooked on Fun Kids Fishing Event: Saturday, June 4th: 9 am – 12 pm at Four Lakes Forest Preserve. Free. Learn more here.

  • R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday: Saturday, June 18th: 9 am – 12 pm at Colored Sands Forest Preserve. Learn more here.

  • R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday: Saturday, July 16th: 9 am – 12 pm at J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve. Learn more here.

  • R.E.A.P Volunteer Workday: Saturday, August 20th: 9 am – 12 pm at Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve. Learn more here.

Find a full list of events here.

Severson Dells Nature Center Events (Summer 2022)
  • Readings From the Rookery: every other Friday (June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd,), 9 am – 10:30 am. This is a free event designed for children. Learn more here.

  • Canoe Convoys: Mondays (June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 18th,), 5:20 pm – 7:30 pm. Fee required. Learn more here.

  • Conservation Crew Workdays: Saturdays and Mondays (June 11th, June 27th, July 9th, July 25th, August 13th, August 29th), 9 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Family Frog Adventure at Pecatonica Wetlands Preserve: Saturday, June 4th, 10 am – 11:30 am. Fee required. Learn more here.

  • Family Creek Walk: Saturday, June 11th, 1 pm – 3 pm. Fee required. Learn more here.

  • Drinks for the Dells: Saturday, June 18th, 12 pm – 4 pm. Fee required. Learn more here.

  • Full Moon Hike: Wednesday, July 13th, 8:30 pm – 10 pm. Fee required. Learn more here.

  • Full Moon Hike: Thursday, August 11th, 8 pm – 9:30 pm. Fee required. Learn more here.

  • Dance at the Dells: Saturday, August 20th, 5 pm – 7 pm. Fee required. Learn more here.

Find a full list of events here.

815 Outside Hike & Bike Events (Summer 2022)
  • Hike at Nardi Equine Prairie: Wednesday, June 1st, 2-4 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Bike on the Rock River Recreation Path: Thursday, June 9th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at Baumann Park: Saturday, June 25th, 10 am – 11 am. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at Newburg Village Conservation Area: Saturday, July 2nd, 10 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at Cedar Cliff Forest Preserve: Wednesday, July 6th, 10 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at J Norman Jensen Forest Preserve: Thursday, July 14th, 10 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at Aldeen Park: Saturday, July 23rd, 10 am – 11 am. Free. Learn more here.

  • Bike on the Stone Bridge Trail: Wednesday, July 27th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at Atwood Park: Saturday, August 6th, 10 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Hike at Howard Colman Hall Creek Preserve: Wednesday, August 10th, 10 am – 12 pm. Free. Learn more here.

  • Bike on the Boone County Section of the Stone Bridge Trail: Saturday, August 27th, 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Free. Learn more here.

Find a full list of events here.

8 of 15 Challenge Completion Form

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