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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

Entry Fee: $50 ($65 with food) per team

Registration Option:
Register for Forest Quest

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


We are lining up the prizes as we speak!! Check back for an updated list. 



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