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Event Details

Registration closes on Friday, September 15th at 10am!

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!

Teams: 2 – 6 people

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

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 about 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 and third place prizes will also be awarded.

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 15th and are due back at Severson Dells Nature Center no later than 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 16th with your answers. Enjoy live music from Kraig Kenning and cook out while tallying 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 (we are still adding more!!)

1st Place Team

Severson Dells Memberships for entire team (click here for member benefits)

Severson Dells Sweatshirts for entire team

32oz Hydroflask Wide Mouth Water Bottles for each member of your team

Ice Hogs Tickets for a game during the 2017-18 season

$30 gift card to Prairie Street Brewing Company

$130 golf gift certificate for Forest Preserve Golf Courses (Atwood, Macktown or The Ledges courses)

Admission passes to Klehm Arboretum 

Choices Natural Market gift certificate ($40)

Gift certificate for Fleet Feet Sports ($50)

2nd Place Team

Severson Dells Memberships for entire team (click here for member benefits)

Severson Dells Hats for entire team

21oz Hydroflask Standard Mouth Water Bottle for each member of your team

Chicago Bears swag bags

$20 gift card to Prairie Street Brewing Company

$100 golf gift certificate for Forest Preserve Golf Courses (Atwood, Macktown or The Ledges courses)

Admission passes to Klehm Arboretum

Choices Natural Market gift certificate ($20)

3rd Place Team

Severson Dells Memberships for entire team (click here for member benefits)

Severson Dells T-shirts for entire team

20oz Hydroflask Wide Mouth Water Bottle for each member of your team

$25 gift card to Woodfire Pizza

$10 gift card to Prairie Street Brewing Company

$100 golf gift certificate for Forest Preserve Golf Courses (Atwood, Macktown or The Ledges courses)

Admission passes to Klehm Arboretum

Choices Natural Market gift certificate ($20)

Please click on waiver, download, print, fill out and return to us by 9/14/17.

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