The Griffin family inspects items that can be found on the ground in a forest. Woodlands Learning Station 2022. Photo: Judith Barnard

$5,000 Kiwanis Club of Rockford Grant Helps Keep Family Nature Adventures Free for the Community

Natural Land Institute (NLI) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $5,000 Endowment Grant from the Kiwanis Club of Rockford for Family Nature Adventures. “We’re so happy we can provide this event free to the community and funding from the Kiwanis Club of Rockford, as well as our other grantors and sponsors ensures we can continue to present this activity that engages all ages to discover the wonders of nature,” said Kim Johnsen, event organizer and NLI’s Director of Marketing & Membership.

Family Nature Adventures (FNA) is open to anyone and tailored to families with children age two to 14. The event will be held at NLI’s Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, Illinois on Sat., June 24, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Participants can come and go at their own pace during the event hours. FNA is a Bilingual event with material printed in English and Spanish and with Spanish speaking volunteers on hand the day of the event. There are 15 nature and arts themed learning stations to visit, wagon rides, and guided prairie tours. Kids get a Junior Naturalist Badge and Certificate if they visit at least six learning stations and adults will get a reward for visiting the stations.

Registration is requested. Visit for more information and to register. For more information call 815/964-6666 or email:

Additional support for Family Nature Adventures is provided by a grant from Grand Victoria Foundation, the Dr. Courtney J. and Margaret Hutchins Hamlin Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, and Major Sponsors ($1,000): Mark and Laurie Luthin, Event Sponsors ($500): Paul and Teri Baits, Northern Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee, Supporting Sponsors ($250): 815 Outside, a5 Branding & Digital, State Bank of Davis, and Studio GWA.

About the Kiwanis Club of Rockford

Founded in 1917, the Kiwanis Club of Rockford is one of the oldest clubs in the world. The mission of Kiwanis Club of Rockford is to serve the children of the world and the Rockford community. In addition to club members serving children as volunteers, the Kiwanis Club of Rockford has awarded more than two million dollars in grants to youth organizations throughout the Rockford area during its 106 year history. 2013 Recipient of the Excelsior Award – Kiwanis Clubs of Rockford, Loves Park, Freeport. Kiwanis Club of Rockford, PO Box 1573, Rockford, Illinois 61110.,,

About the Natural Land Institute

The Natural Land Institute, an accredited conservation land trust, is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization based in Rockford, Illinois, which has protected 18,000 acres of natural land in Illinois since 1958. The current service area covers twelve counties in northern Illinois. NLI’s mission is to create an enduring legacy of natural land in northern Illinois for people, plants and animals. For more information and to donate visit Nygren Wetland Preserve, a 721-acre wildlife refuge, is former farmland purchased by NLI in 2000 and is their largest land restoration project.

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