p>The Severson Dells Nature Center is housed in a converted Deer Lodge situated on a 369-acre county forest preserve. The Nature Center includes a library, bookstore, classroom, conference room, and display area. Numerous bird feeders attract a variety of species throughout the year. Click here to view our facilities.
A butterfly garden near the Nature Center consists of over 50 plant species. The garden attracts butterflies, insects and birds, and includes a small pond that doubles as a bird bath. At least 17 species of butterflies can be viewed at various times throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
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.
NOTE: Dogs are not allowed in the forest preserve.
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From Bypass 20 south of Rockford, take the Montague Road exit. Turn southwest on Montague Road and continue approximately four miles, past Meridian Road, to the second left after passing Weldon Road.
Contact Information and Hours
Phone: 815-335-2915, Fax: 815-335-2471,
Address: Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Rd., Rockford, IL, USA, 61102
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-4:30pm; Sunday 1:00-4:30pm
Don Miller, Director of Nature Education and Research email@example.com
Betsy Johnson, Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Martinez, Nature Educator email@example.com
Greg Keilback, Biologist/Educator firstname.lastname@example.org