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8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102
United States

Nature Center Hours:

Monday-Saturday 8:00AM-4:30PM

Sunday 1:00PM- 4:30PM

Finding Us

From Bypass 20 south of Rockford, take the Montague Road exit. Turn southwest on Montague Road and continue approximately four miles, past Meridian Road, past Weldon Road, then the second left.

The Grove Nature Playscape

The Grove is an area designed with the intent to bring children back to nature using fallen logs, tree stumps for seating, vertical logs for forts, nature music and art areas, etc. It offers a wide range of open ended play options for children.

Walking Paths

The forest preserve features 2-1/2 miles of self-guided nature trails. A hard-surfaced trail, 2/3 of a mile in length, is accessible year-round. A booklet available at the trailhead explains points of particular interest. Guided walks are held frequently throughout the year for the general public, and small groups may arrange special guided walks by contacting the Nature Center.

Download a printable trail map.

Special Accommodations

Do you love to be out in nature, but need accommodations to enjoy it? We would love to help. Golf Cart tours of our trails are seasonally available, free of charge, with a 10 day notice. Call or email us to reserve your tour!


Contact Us

(815) 335-2915

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