You should mark your calendar for the upcoming events in the surrounding Nature Center:
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 - 10:00 am. Byron Forest Preserve, Madison RV and Camper Show. Join this exciting event for outdoor lovers. The Fee doesn't include show admission. $15.00/person or $20.00/couple. The address is: Byron Forest Preserve - 7993 N. River Rd. - Byron, IL 61010 (815) 234 - 8535. www.byronforestpreserve.com
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please join Philip Raines to learn about the econogy of the hive, the yearly cycles for both the beekeeper and the bees. The equipment and preparation you'll need to be ready for your first hive. Sandwiches are included. Feb. 3 is the snow date. The cost is $90.00. Please pre-register (815) 389 - 8455 or go to:
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. 11 - 11:30 am. Bring your explorer hat and join them in the Rainforest Teaching Hut in the children's garden for some fun nature inspired stories and games. They are free with admission. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens - 1354 N. 2nd Street, Rockford, IL (815) 987-8858. www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is situated along the banks of the beautiful Rock River in Sinnissippi Gardens. The facility opened at the end of October 2011 and is now the 3rd largest conservatory in Illinois. The site will be recognized as LEED certified standard for measuring building sustainable.
Highlights of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens -
- Water features, seating areas, and sculptures, all in an 11,000 square foot topical plant exhibition area.
- Changing seasonal floral displays and special events.
- Educational programs for children on the importance of plants.
- Special workshops and lectures series for adults.
- Place for your events, small weddings, receptions, business meetings.
- Garden Gate Gifts, shop for presents and seasonal gifts.
- Admission - Residents $6.00; Non-Residents $8.00; Students: $4.00 residents, $6.00 non-residents.
- Children under age 4 are free.
For more information call - (815) 987 - 8858.
Saturday - Feb. 2, 2013 - Make It, Take It, 11:am - 2pm. You can drop in anytime between the hours for fun. It is free with admission for the family, the crafts project is led by NC staff.
Saturday - Feb. 2, 2013 - Vanilla Orchid Presentation by Ken Cameron, at 1:00 pm. Learn about the Vanilla Orchid is the only orchid of agricultural value. Come and learn all about this fascinating plant with orchid expert, author, and UW-Madison professor Ken Cameron. Book signing of Cameron's book to follow.
Saturday, Feb. 2 & 16, 2013 - 9:00 am - 12 pm. Atwood Center (Atwood Park). Atwood Wanderings - Wilderness Explorer. The forest doesn't go away in the winter. Join Atwood for a hike through the woods to search for animals, animal homes, animal tracks and other signs that animals have been there. Indoor activities will include a humorous educational puppet show and a live Birds Prey presentation. Hot cocoa and a cookie will be provided after the hike. For ages 6 - 12 and the cost for residents is $7.00, non-residents is $9.00 Preregistration is required. You can register for both morning and afternoon programs for the same day, please contact customer service at (815) 987 - 8800 for the $2.00 dicount.
Atwood Environmental Center - Rockford Park District 2685 New Milford School Rd. Rockford, IL 61109. (815) 874-7579- Fax - (815) 874 - 2467. www.rockfordparkdistrict.org