Natural Land Institute hosts Family Nature Day

Staff Report

The Natural Land Institute is holding a Family Nature Day on Saturday at Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Rd, in Rockton from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event is free to the public and will include several activities allowing people to learn about nature and wildlife at the preserve.

Registration is required for the event and can be done by calling 815-964-6666 or by email at

Kids can earn a Nygren Wetland Junior Naturalist Badge and Certificate and will get a passport to get stamped at each Learning Station.

Adults will receive a map with a Learning Station Checklist and with six or more stamps can show it at the Registration table to receive a prize.

Free admission for this family themed event is thanks in large part to sponsors BMO Harris Bank, Bugler Design and Rockford Litho.

The 10 Learning Station hosts feature these individual and organization partners: Phenology (Laura Sjoquist), Prairies (Jerry Paulson and Lenae Weichel), Forests (Welty Environmental Center),
Wetlands (Rick Barton), Birds (Dan Williams), Mammals (Two Toads Environmental Experiences), Pollinators (Barbara Williams), Macktown Living History & Archeology (Ray and Char Ferguson and Reed Ferguson), Invasive Species (Ed Cope), Pollution (Randy and Jessie Mermel Family).

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