8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102
Nature Center Hours:
Sunday 1:00PM- 4:30PM
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.
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.