ROCKTON – Natural Land Institute (NLI) invites families, individuals and groups to Family Nature Day on Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their 721-acre wildlife refuge, Nygren Wetland Preserve (3190 W. Rockton Road, Rockton, Ill.) You may start at any time and be sure to allow about two hours to visit all of the learning stations and more time if you want to take a guided prairie tour.

Bring the family and discover the joy of nature!

* Explore blooming prairies and wetlands

* Family friendly hands-on learning fun for all ages

* Wagon rides

* Kids receive a passport to get stamped that includes a map, questions and activities

* Kids can earn a Nygren Wetland Junior Naturalist badge by visiting six out of 10 learning stations to get their passport stamped

* Second year NW Junior Naturalists will earn a new level of recognition.

* Adults can earn a prize with 6 stamps on their map

* Learning Stations include: Prairies, Butterflies & Seeds, Forests, Wetlands, Birds, Mammals with Two Toads Environmental Experiences, Pollinators, Invaders, Macktown Living History & Archeology, Raptors with Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education

* Guided tours of the Anne Meyer Wildflower Garden

Cost is free. Registration is requested for this FREE event by Friday, June 24. Please be sure to say how many kids are in your party. Call (815) 964-6666, Email: or visit

Thank you to our sponsors: Bugler Design Inc., Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, Rockford Litho Center.

About the Natural

Land Institute

The Natural Land Institute is a 501(c)3, non-profit land trust and conservation organization based in Rockford, Illinois, which has protected more than 16,000 acres of natural land in Illinois since 1958.

NLI’s current service area covers twelve counties in northern Illinois. NLI’s mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants and animals.

The President of the Board of Trustees is Mark Maffei. For more information and to donate:

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