Greg Keilback of Severson Dells Nature Center will lead our hike on this property owned and managed by the Natural Land Institute. This 55-acre nature preserve is located along Hall Creek, southwest of Rockford. One of the attractive features of this preserve is a series of cliffs known as the dells. Many unique plants restricted to limestone and dolomite outcrops are found here, as well as some northern relict plants. The floral display in the upland woods is one of the best in Winnebago County. Aldo Leopold and Paul Riis conducted some early deer studies in this preserve in the mid 1930's. Colman Dells is located near the intersection of East Severson Road and North Weldon Road. From Meridian and Montague Road, drive south and turn west onto McGregor Road, turn north onto Weldon Road. Moderate-difficult hiking.
The Natural Land Institute and Severson Dells Nature Center present the 2015 Wildflower Walkabout series of weekly guided hikes throughout the north central Illinois with local groups providing tour guides.
There is no fee for the walks, but membership in NLI and/or SDNC is encouraged. For a full Wildflower Walkabout schedule, more information about NLI and SDNC, and to become a member of each organization contact NLI at 815/964-6666, email@example.com, www.naturalland.org or contact SDNC at 815/335-2915, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.seversondells.com.
All walks begin at 6:00 p.m. at a different location and last about an hour and a half. The weekly walkabouts start April 22 and go through June 23, 2015, alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The walks are fun and educational for all ages and a great family activity.
Additional Wildflower Walkabout Locations and Dates:
Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve - Tuesday, May 26
Big Predators of Illinois/Evening Stroll Severson Dells Forest Preserve - Wednesday, June 3
Cal Ferguson Forest Preserve - Tuesday, June 9
Atwood Park Prairie - Wednesday, June 17
Nygren Wetland Preserve - Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators - Tuesday, June 23
See the full schedule here with descriptions and driving directions: http://www.naturalland.org/docs/WildflowerWalkabout_Flyer2015.pdf