The Natural Land Institute invites the public to Wildflower Weekend July 14-16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Nygren Wetland Preserve, 2810 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton. A profusion of wildflowers will be in full bloom at the 720-acre preserve, and the fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and programs for everyone.
Friday, July 14, enjoy a personally guided tour of prairie wildflowers. For groups such as Scouts, 4-H Clubs, garden clubs, church groups, or for you and your friends. Reserve your tour by calling 964-6666.
Saturday, July 15, is children and families day. Ride through the wildflowers and butterflies on an old-fashioned hay wagon pulled by a tractor. Features Dr. Pond Scum, Two Toads, Perry Sguberom (more bugs spelled backward), bird watching, photography display and a discussion of plants used by Native Americans. Wild About WildflowersRestoring Wildflowers to Your Property will be presented at 11 a.m. by Pizzo and Associates.
Sunday, July 16, experience the magical sights and sounds of nature as you picnic, walk or enjoy birds and wildflowers without cell phones or distractions.
Everyone who visits the preserve will receive a complimentary wildflower guide, courtesy of Hamilton Sundstrand. Additional sponsors of the event are Stillman Bank, ComEd, Keystone Insurance Agency, Komax Systems, Lobdell & Hall, Olson Funeral Chapels and Sjostrom & Sons.
The Nygren Wetland Preserve is a mile west of Rockton. It is owned by the Natural Land Institute, a private, member-supported, conservation organization established in 1958 that preserves natural land in northern Illinois. The preserve is being restored to protect water quality, soils, native plants and animals. Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the preserve. There is no charge for Wildflower Weekend events. Donations are accepted.
Call 964-6666 for directions and information, or go to www.naturalland.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the July 5-11, 2006, issue