“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” - Aldo Leopold, Foreword, A Sand County Almanac.

Severson Dells Nature Center relies on private contributions and grants to fund our programs. To encourage community support and participation, Severson Dells offers a Membership Program.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Being part of a community of nature stewards and enthusiasts

  • Helping to connect people to nature and each other

  • Reduced admissions to Severson Dells programs

  • Members only programs at Severson Dells

  • Check-out privileges at Severson Dells Library

  • Notes From the Dells quarterly newsletter with calendar of programs and special events

  • Free admission to participating ANCA member nature centers around the country- click here to see the list of participating nature centers

Membership Levels and annual fees (click on the level to see all of the benefits of that level):

Individual $40
Family $65
Sponsor $125
Benefactor $300
Sustaining $600
Patron $1,000


Renew Your Membership

If you are already a member of Severson Dells and would like to renew your membership, please follow the link below. 

*The amount of a contribution that is deductible for Federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of the amount paid reduced by the value of any goods and services provided in return by Severson Dells Nature Science Center a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, TAX ID #36-2985870. Refer to IRS Publication 526 or consult your tax advisor for assistance determining what, if any portion of your payment may be tax deductible.

Business Membership

A gift in support of Severson Dells Nature Center is an investment in local environmental and science education in your northern Illinois community. By becoming a Business Member, your company can support science in our community while also receiving recognition, exclusive benefits for your employees, and more!

Business Sponsor- $500

·         2 Family Memberships for Employees

·         10% Discount in the Store and on Programs

·         Listing on Severson Dells website

·         Listing in Newsletter

·         Association of Nature Center Administrators reciprocal program

Business Contributor- $1,000

All of the Sponsor benefits, plus:

·         4 Family Memberships for Employees

·         15% discount in the Store and on Programs

·         Logo on Severson Dells website

·         Listing in the Annual Breakfast Brochure

Business Patron- $2,500

All of the Contributor benefits, plus:

·         20% discount on Store and Program

·         6 Family Memberships for Employees

·         Private guided hike for up to 10 people

·         Listing on the Sponsor Board in the Nature Center Lobby

·         Logo at the Annual Breakfast

·         Logo and link to your website on the Severson Dells website

Business Benefactor- $5,000(+)

All of the Patron benefits, plus:

·         8 Family Memberships

·         Logo on the Sponsor Board in the Nature Center Lobby

·         1 Free 4 hour room rental at Severson Dells Nature Center