Are you or your family looking for new places to explore, some company to hike with, or just a reason to be outside? Join 815 Outside AmeriCorps member Julie Uram on adventures around Winnebago County to enjoy nature, get active, and meet new people. All events are free and open to all ages and abilities. Click on an event to learn more, and be sure to RSVP!

Given the local COVID positivity rate, we are taking the following precautions to protect the safety of our community:

  • Face coverings are required of all participants.
  • Events are entirely outdoors and social distancing is encouraged.

 

Earth Day Walk at Nature At The Confluence

Celebrate Earth Day with an educational walking tour led by Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director of Nature At The Confluence. We’ll walk along the newly installed EarthWalk Trail with stops featuring […]

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Free
Nature At The Confluence, 306 Dickop St
South Beloit, IL 61080 United States
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Hike and Write at Sugar River

Get inspired by hiking bluffs atop the Sugar River, and indulge your creativity in a poetry workshop with Rockford's Poet Laureate Christine Swanberg. Christine has published eight books of poetry […]

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Free
Sugar River Forest Preserve, 10127 Forest Preserve Road
Durand, IL 61024 United States
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Walk at Sinnissippi Park

Get a breath of fresh air at one of Rockford Park District’s first parks! We will meet at the parking lot next to the pickle ball courts across from the […]

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Free
Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N 2nd St
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
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Beginner Hike at Deer Run Forest Preserve

On this beginner-level hike, we will witness bluebell magic in the Deer Run woodlands. At the start of the hike, we will review how to use the iNaturalist app, so […]

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Free
Deer Run Forest Preserve, 5691 River Road
Cherry Valley, IL 61016 United States
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Stargazing Hike at Lockwood Park

Join us in exploring the wooded trails of Lockwood Park at dusk, followed by a guided stargazing session in the observatory with Sarah Treadwell and Geoffrey Heberlein, local NASA Solar […]

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Free
Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Rd
Rockford, IL 61101 United States
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Hike at Colored Sands

Witness bird banding and learn from the volunteers at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, followed by a 3 mile hike through the rolling hilly woodlands of Colored Sands Forest Preserve.

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Free
Colored Sands Forest Preserve, 10602 Haas Road
Durand, IL 61024 United States
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