Earth Day Walk at Nature At The Confluence

Nature At The Confluence 306 Dickop St, South Beloit

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 quotes from “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Enter and park at 306 Dickop St, South […]

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Hike and Write at Sugar River

Sugar River Forest Preserve 10127 Forest Preserve Road, Durand

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 and her work appears in anthologies, journals and books, including Writing After Retirement. Learn more about Rockford's Poet Laureate program here.  We will hike approximately […]

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Walk at Sinnissippi Park

Sinnissippi Park 1401 N 2nd St, Rockford

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 playground and walk the paved trail through the trees and the bandshell amphitheater. The path is paved with some steep hills. Enter at 1650 Arlington […]

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Beginner Hike at Deer Run Forest Preserve

Deer Run Forest Preserve 5691 River Road, Cherry Valley

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 you can contribute to Rockford’s City Nature Challenge! We will hike a little over a mile on a flat grass trail. Enter at 5691 River […]

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Stargazing Hike at Lockwood Park

Lockwood Park 5201 Safford Rd, Rockford

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 System Ambassadors and members of Rockford Amateur Astronomers. This beginner-level hike is free and welcome to all ages. We will hike up to two miles […]

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Hike at Colored Sands

Colored Sands Forest Preserve 10602 Haas Road, Durand

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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Bike the Mel Anderson Memorial Path

Mel Anderson Memorial Path 4950 Safford Road, Rockford

End the day with a relaxing ride on this hidden gem trail. The winding path follows Kent creek from Talcott-Page Memorial Park up to Searls Park and Lockwood Park. We will bike out and back for 6 miles of wooded escape.  About the ride: The path is entirely paved with some mild hills. We will […]

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Walk & Write at Klehm Arboretum

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden 2715 S Main St, Rockford

Folks of all abilities are welcome to this flower-focused hike. We will explore the arboretum on the 1.5 mile paved path and learn plant facts from a Klehm expert for the first hour. Following the hike will be a nature writing workshop with Rockford’s Poet Laureate Christine Swanberg, whose expertise may lead you somewhere new […]

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Long Hike at Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge Forest Preserve 8321 Blomberg Rd, Cherry Valley

If you enjoy a challenge, join us to explore the winding woodland trails of Oak Ridge. This scenic forest preserve boasts beautiful views of the Kishwaukee River, lovely old oak groves and restored prairie. We will hike between 3-4 miles, taking rest stops along the way.  

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Hike at Nygren Wetland

Carl & Myrna Nygren Wetland 3190 W Rockton Rd, Rockton

This beginner-friendly hike will start at the Wildlife Outlook. We will hike along the grassy, mostly flat path through woodland, savanna and prairie. You will also get a chance to see the Natural Land Institute stewardship team in action!

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Bike the Rock River Path

Headquarters Forest Preserve 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford

Bask in the breeze of the Rock River while riding alongside dolomite cliffs. We will start at Forest Preserve Headquarters, and bike along a mostly flat paved path toward the YMCA before turning back.

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Evening Hike at Kishwaukee River

Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve 5757 BLACKHAWK ROAD, Cherry Valley

End the day with a calming walk through the woodlands. This slow-paced hike will be about 2 miles on a dirt path with light hills. You won’t want to miss this sunset view!

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Long Hike at Sugar River Alder

Sugar River Alder Forest Preserve 10255 Haas Road, Shirland

For those who enjoy a challenge, we will hike about 3.5 miles through prairie and forest overlooking the Wisconsin border. We will take rest breaks along the way. Be prepared by bringing water, snacks, sun protection, and bug spray. Enter and park at 10255 Haas Road, Shirland, IL, 61079.

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Bike the Stone Bridge Trail

Roland Olson Forest Preserve 9669 Atwood Road, Roscoe

Join Jillian for a calming bike ride on this lovely rails to trails path. The path is flat and a combination of pavement and crushed limestone. The ride will start at Roland Olson Forest Preserve, biking to the Stone Bridge and back (4.5 miles) with an option to continue further. Please bring your own bike […]

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Long Hike at Ferguson Forest Preserve

Ferguson Forest Preserve 8602 West Winslow Road, Shirland

Join Addie for an energizing morning hike through the wet prairie and floodplain of Ferguson. This hike is close to 3 miles on a flat, grass path that is in direct sunlight.

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