Summer in the 815 Bingo Challenge

“The earth has music for those who listen”

– George Santayana

You don’t have to go far to have fun and be awed by nature. Winnebago County has lots of fun events and special places to visit in the summer. Use the bingo card below as a guide to enjoying the outdoors and trying new things!

Bingo Details

  • Check off 6 boxes in a row to make a bingo and be entered to win a $25 gift card from one of our local sponsors.
  • Check off all 36 boxes to be entered to win an 815 Outside partner prize package ($400+ value).
  • Complete activities between Memorial Day (May 31st) and Labor Day (September 6th) 2021.
  • Participants must submit the completion form to be eligible for prize drawing.


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Bingo Activities Information

B1: The Sinnissippi Bandshell is located at 1401 N 2nd St, Rockford, IL 61107. See the Sounds of Summer calendar here.

B2: West Rock Wake Park is located at 1420 S Pierpont Ave, Rockford, IL 61102 and boarders are typically out 12-8pm Tuesday-Sunday. Reservations are required for water activities.

B3: Sleeping under the stars can include sleeping in a hammock, sleeping bag, or in a tent. Learn about local camping options here.

B4: Rock Cut State Park Summer Hours: April 1 – October 31: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm. Rock Cut Concessions offers boating rentals daily 8am-7pm. Learn more here.

I2: Local farmer’s markets include Edgebrook on Wednesdays 9am-1pm, Midtown Market on Thursdays 9am-1pm, Colonial Village Market on Fridays 9am-1pm, and North End City Market on Saturdays 8am-12pm.

I3: Blackhawk Park is located at 101 15th Avenue, Rockford, IL 61101. The large picnic shelter is accessible by car.

I4: Womanspace is a community center offering art and wellness group classes, located at 3333 Maria Linden Dr, Rockford, IL 61114. The labyrinth is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.

I5: Severson Dells Nature Center is located at 8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102 and the trails are open sunrise to a half hour after sunset. Trail maps can be found inside the nature center building and at the outdoor kiosk.

I6: Lockwood Park is located at 5201 Safford Rd, Rockford, IL 61101. Every Saturday families are welcome 10am-4pm for activities including pony rides, wagon rides (departing every 30 minutes), free Children’s Farm Barn visits, and staff-guided horseback trail rides through the scenic woods. There is also a large playground, walking trails, picnic shelter, and indoor restrooms.

N1: Local outdoor concert series: Music on the Rock outside Burpee Natural History Museum, Sounds of Summer hosted by Rockford Park District.

N4: Atwood Park is open every day, year-round, 8am-10:30pm. View a trail map here.

N6: Klehm Arboretum is open daily 9am-4pm. Admission to Klehm is $8/adult, $5/child, and free for children under 3 years old. The Nancy Olson Children’s Garden features a splash pad and interactive kids’ creek perfect for wading around in on a hot summer’s day. There are fun kid-friendly gardens located in the Children’s Garden, including an alphabet garden and sensory garden. There is also a gazebo with picnic tables and restrooms.

G1: The Stone Bridge Trail is located in Roscoe, IL. View more information here.

G3: Natural Land Institute Stewardship Days Calendar

!1: You can do this activity anywhere with some water. We recommend using materials like twigs, bark and leaves to make the boat. Just be sure to use dead materials so you don’t harm any plants.

!2: Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Fire for tips and a list of local public fireplaces.

!3: Trail map for Nature at the Confluence



Common Q&A

Should I sign up once for my family, or register each person?

  • Each family member that completes the challenge can submit the completion form to be entered in the prize drawing.

Can I be entered in both prize drawings if I check all 36 boxes?

  • No, each person can only be entered once in one prize drawing.

I have more specific questions or would like to offer feedback.

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