Nathan Hill, Rockford Park District Natural Areas Supervisor, will lead us through this RPD-owned 40-acre remnant upland forest. Many of the trees are old growth dominated by red oaks, basswood, slippery elm, and black walnut. White oak is more common on the drier sites. White ash, black cherry, shagbark hickory, yellow bud and butternut are also common throughout. Ironwood, choke cherry, hazel, arrowwood, and dogwood comprise the shrub layer. The herbaceous flora is consists of nodding trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, wood phlox, wild geranium, wood anemone, and toothwort. We will meet at the corner of Euclid and Linden in Rockford. Moderate hiking.