The Natural Land Institute invites the public to Wildflower Weekend at the Nygren Wetland Preserve, 2810 W. Rockton Road, Rockton, July 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free, fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and programs at the best time of the year to see a profusion of prairie wildflowers in full bloom.
Friday, July 20: Enjoy your personally-guided tour of spectacular prairies with stunning views of nature. Blossoms of wild bergamot, sunflowers and black-eyed Susans create a purple and yellow sea of color on 720 acres stretching from the scenic bluff on the north to the Pecatonica River on the south.
Saturday, July 21: Children and families day. Ride through the wildflowers and butterflies on an old-fashioned hay wagon pulled by a tractor. There are ongoing wildlife and wildflower activities, guided tours and programs by Pat Armstrong of Prairie Sun Consultants about how to landscape with prairie plants.
Sunday, July 22: Experience the magical sights and sounds of nature as you picnic, walk and enjoy the solitude. Learn how to take better pictures of native plants at the Photographing Wildflowers workshop led by Tim Lewis. Bring your digital camera for a hands-on demonstration. Pre-registration is required for the workshop and limited to the first 15 who sign up. $5 fee.
Everyone who visits the preserve will receive a complimentary wildflower guide. Sponsors of the event are Stillman Bank, Cooling Landscape Contractors, AMCORE Bank, Spring Creek Development Company, Komax Systems, Voss Metals Company, Gary W. Anderson & Associates, Sjostrom and Sons, Lowes, Forest City Gear, Ordway Insurance Agency and Taylor Creek Nursery.
The Nygren Wetland Preserve is 1 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. No dogs are allowed on the preserve. For directions and information, call (815) 964-6666, go to www.naturalland.org