Community and Public Programs
More than 17,000 people of all ages visit the Severson Dells Nature Center each year. The Nature Center provides facilities for programs in natural resources, environmental education, biology, ecology, and geology. Staff and volunteers guide visitors in their use of resources at the Dells.
Community Event RSVP
To RSVP for a free event, please take a minute to complete our RSVP form. This helps us plan and allows us to communicate any changes if necessary. Thank you!
Get outside with Severson Dells Naturalists and learn about the natural history that makes our local habitats special. Please RSVP using the RSVP Form link above or by calling 815-335-2915.
March 24th, 2017 6:30-8:30PM Lantern Walk
Join biologist/educator Greg Keilback for an evening walk to the dells by the light of oil lamps. The ambiance of the glow will enhance the beauty of the night. Dress warmly and feel free to bring a thermos of your hot drink of choice. We will provide the lamps, but if you have an oil lamp you may bring your own. Please NO other light sources. Open to all ages but children will not be allowed to handle oil lamps.
Come on out to Severson Dells for this new monthly event, full of hands-on activities for all ages!
Upcoming Severson Saturdays
March 18th, 2017 10am-2pm Mammal Madness
Learn about what makes a mammal a mammal? What do mammals have that allow them to survive in extreme environments? Make a mammal craft and go on a guided hike to learn about the mammals of Severson Dells (hikes leave every half hour). Come and enjoy this open house style event and learn about the wonderful world of mammals!
April 29th, 2017 10am-2pm Bird Bonanza
Join us for a day all about birds in this open house style event. Learn about the physics of flight, the parts of a feather and make a bird craft to take home. Guided bird walks will also be available for visitors to partake in. Feel free to bring your binoculars!
May 27th, 2017 10am-2pm Wildflowers
The hills and forests are abloom with wildflowers! Come and learn about the unique and beautiful wildflowers that call Northern Illinois home. Dissect a flower to learn about its parts, make flower imprint art and head out for an exploration of the wildflowers at Severson Dells. Join us for this open-house style event. Free, no registration required.