More than 10,000 people of all ages visit the Severson Dells Nature Center each year. The Nature Center provides facilities for programs in natural resources, environmental education, biology, ecology, and geology. Staff and volunteers guide visitors in their use of resources at the Dells.
Area groups including Scouts, 4-H, and many others frequently visit the Center. Children in Grades 1 through 5 may join the Center’s Audubon Adventures Club, which meets monthly at the Center for activities including ecology studies, nature crafts, and outdoor skills.
The staff organizes many programs ranging from guided nature walks to special guest lectures. Many of the programs are designed for family participation, while others are specially arranged for particular audiences such as children or the elderly.
Area school teachers and students frequently use the Center’s facilities and equipment for field trips to supplement classroom studies. Printed activity guides highlight special features of the Dells to teach principles of ecology and conservation.
The staff can also assume the roles of teacher and guide for school groups, providing a full day of activities.
Internships are available for local college students in natural resource and outdoor education programs. These students work with the staff to develop and conduct programs while gaining practical administrative experience.