Event Details

Join us for a 24-hour event that takes you off the beaten path to discover the wild, weird, and wonderful secrets of Severson Dells and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.  Participate in feats of intrigue and daring!

There are two categories for participation this year- Adults Only groups and Mixed Aged groups. The price is the same, but the scavenger hunt will be a bit harder for the Adults Only groups. There will be a first and second place awarded in each category.

Teams: 2 – 6 people

Registration has closed for the Scavenger Hunt, but we would love to have you join us for the celebration on Saturday at 4pm with free live music from Kraig Kenning!

Grab a group of friends, family or co-workers and test your Severson Dells and Forest Preserve knowledge! If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be hiking, talking to forest preserve staff, looking for clues and working as a team to answer 75 questions related to Severson Dells and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. The team with the most points wins a fabulous grand prize highlighting many local businesses and attractions of Winnebago County! Second place prizes will also be awarded and everyone will walk away with Severson Dells and Forest Preserve swag. 

The hunt will take you to several forest preserve locations throughout the county, some spots you’ll be able to reach by car, others will require venturing down a trail.  Some questions require research to answer. As it is illegal to remove items from the preserves, one digital camera with a flash memory card will be required per team. Questions are awarded point values based on level of difficulty. The team with the most points will get prizes, but everybody wins!

You may assemble your team with anywhere from two to six members.  The Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt will take place over a 25-hour period with teams receiving their hunt questions via e-mail by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14th and are due back at Severson Dells Nature Center no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15th with your answers. Enjoy live music from Kraig Kenning and food while scoring takes place. Celebrate Your Team’s Success at the post scavenger hunt party!

All proceeds from the Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt benefit Nature Education programs at Severson Dells Nature Center and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County.

Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt Rules

Prizes

ADULTS ONLY TEAM PRIZES

1st Place

Beer Tasting and Tour for up to 6 at Prairie Street Brewhouse, pint glasses and tin sign

Severson Dells Family Memberships

Severson Dells Water Bottles or t-shirts (winners choice)

Chocolates by Daniel gift certificates ($10 each)

2nd Place

 Rareform Wallets (click to see)

Severson Dells Individual Memberships

Severson Dells Water Bottles or t-shirts (winners choice)

Field Museum pass for up to 6 people

MIXED AGE TEAM PRIZES

1st Place

2 hour rentals from Rocktown Adventures for entire team

Treasure Among the Trees books

Severson Dells Family Memberships

Severson Dells Water Bottles or t-shirts (winners choice)

Klehm Arboretum Family Membership

2nd Place

Severson Dells Individual Memberships

Severson Dells Water Bottles or t-shirts (winners choice)

Treasure Among the Trees books

Discovery Center Family Pass

Rockford Art Deli swag bag- pins and stickers

 

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