Severson Dells spring events
April 24, 6 p.m. – Pecatonica Forest Preserve. The Regional Environmental Centers Director Dave Kostka will take us on a tour of the Pecatonica River Forest Preserve, which includes creekside and river edge floodplain forest, several old field meadows, gorges and upland forest sites. Within its 55-acre nature preserve lies an oxbow lake with a minimally disturbed mesic forest with several species of unique flora. Hiking will be easy to moderate. No fee. Co-sponsored by Natural Land Institute.
April 27, 9-11 a.m. – Oak Ridge Forest Preserve. Kevin Kaltenbach will lead this tour of an area he grew up next to. Bluebell Fields Forever wasnt a Beatles tune, but it would have been had they seen this area. Come out and enjoy this hike in the fields of blue and to look for numerous spring warblers. Moderate hiking with possible wet areas. Free.
April 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Charles Darwin Visits Severson Dells. Evolution of an Idea will be presented by John Wagner, who taught college biology for more than 25 years and is an Associate in Zoology at The Field Museum of Natural History. An avid student of Darwin, he has lectured widely on the subject in the first-person garb of Charles Darwin. Listen to Wagner as he dons Darwins garb, persona and scientific world view. The program is supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois General Assembly. Co-sponsored by the Sinnissippi Audubon Society. No fee, but please call 335-2915 to register.
May 2, 6 p.m. – YMCA Camp Winnebago Property. Staff member Louise Krist from Camp Winnebago Branch of the YMCA of Rock River Valley will take us through this fantastic property. Come out and enjoy the wonderful diversity of this 150-acre natural habitat: woodlands, prairies, ponds, marsh, stream and natural springs. Easy to moderate hiking. Free.