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Severson Dells Nature center and Pollinator Garden

Severson Dells Nature center and Pollinator Garden

8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102
United States

Nature Center Hours:

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

The dolomite dells overlooking hall creek.

The dolomite dells overlooking hall creek.

Sunday 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM

The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

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. Click here for a map.


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. 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. View our calendar of events to find guided walks and hikes under the full moon, through the wildflowers, to discover pollinators and so much more!

Download a printable trail map.


Birding at Severson Dells


Guests at Severson Dells Nature Center can enjoy the numerous birds that visit our world-class bird-feeders year-round. We offer binoculars, comfy armchairs in the library, bird identification guides, bird spotting board, and a variety of benches for viewing. Novice and expert birders alike love to come to Severson Dells to check birds off their lists.


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, with a 10 day notice to schedule a reservation. Call or email us to reserve your tour! We gratefully accept donations for this service.


Contact Us

(815) 335-2915

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