Where to Celebrate the 4th of July Outside!

Where to Celebrate the 4th of July Outside!

Looking for some local fun outdoor activities and events for the 4th of July? See below for some ideas!  Long Play Music Fest at Rivets Stadium in Loves Park: 12pm-10:30pm Includes music, food trucks, and fireworks! The Winnebago July 4th Parade: 10am-11am 4th of July...

Pretty Prairie Paths

Pretty Prairie Paths

Adventurers across the country are celebrating their local prairie habitats this weekend in honor of National Prairie Day! Founded by the Missouri Prairie Foundation in 2016, National Prairie Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of June to inspire appreciation for...

My Milkweed Brings All the Bees to the Yard

My Milkweed Brings All the Bees to the Yard

The coolest yards are pollinator-friendly. There are many little things you can do to clean up our water, provide natural habitat and create healthy landscapes for people and wildlife. You can save money, mow less, see more birds and butterflies and enjoy a...

Nature Photography in the 815

Nature Photography in the 815

Get to know these talented local photographers and learn their insider tips!  Name: Kayla LindquistPhotography specialty: Birds, wildlife Where to find her work: Website, Facebook and Instagram: Kayla Lindquist Photography Advice for nature photography: Having...

Review: Winter Bingo Challenge

Review: Winter Bingo Challenge

The Winter Bingo Challenge was coordinated by 815 Outside to encourage folks to get outside and make the most of winter 2021.  Participants could complete any five activities in a row to make a bingo, or try to complete all 25 activities.  The challenge has come to a...

Black History Month + Outdoors

Black History Month + Outdoors

In honor of Black History Month this February, we invite you to listen to and lift up Black voices and celebrate diversity in outdoor recreation and nature conservation.   Five important bits of history Did you know…  Rockford's Anna Page Park is approximately...

Beginner’s Guide to Fire

Beginner’s Guide to Fire

No backyard fire pit, no problem! Read or watch our instructions for creating a successful fire, choose a location, and head out on your fireside adventure. Building a fire is a fun and cozy outdoor activity. Toast a marshmallow, grill a meal, or just enjoy the...

Best Sunset Spots in the 815

Best Sunset Spots in the 815

Watching the sun go down is a great way to end your day with natural beauty. These spots offer some of the best views!     J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve Jensen is a perfectly situated place to see the sunset along the curves of the great Rock River. Take...

Local Outdoor Gift Guide

Local Outdoor Gift Guide

We have rounded up all the local outdoor and nature related gift opportunities for you to find your place to get outside in the new year!       Nature at the Confluence Confluence Experiences offer unique, interactive activities for small, private groups from 4 to 6...

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