July 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Nygren Wetland Preserve
3190 W Rockton Rd
Rockton, IL 61072
Kim Johnsen

Guests will enjoy a unique experience at this fundraiser for Nygren Wetland Preserve with the elegance of an outdoor dinner party under a big tent overlooking the prairie. The stunning landscape includes midsummer wildflowers like compass plant, false sunflower, grey-headed coneflower, wild bergamot and many more in full bloom, as well as the chance to see wildlife in their own habitat.

The social hour begins with signature drinks, cash bar and appetizers while listening to lively music by Swingbilly RFD. Guests will also delight in horse drawn wagon rides in the prairie prior to dinner or a walk on their own through the wildflowers. A nature themed silent auction will be open from the time guests arrive through the end of dinner. A live auction will follow dinner with exciting surprise experiences available for guests to bid on.

Schedule of Events:

4:30 p.m.     Wagon rides through the Prairie.

5:30 p.m.    Prairie Street Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Live music by Swingbilly RFD. Complimentary signature drinks and cash bar.

6:30 p.m.    Dinner served by Toni’s of Winnebago

Cost: $75 per person, $600 for a table of 8. A Premier Hospitality Table is available for $1,000 (includes a table for 8, 3 bottles of wine, a server at your table during the social hour, a table sign with your name, and a special table centerpiece.)


Hors d’oeuvres:
Assorted Passed and Buffet in the Welcome Tent
Sweet Corn Bisque with Chipotle Drizzle
Choice of Two Entrees:
Surf & Turf – roasted beef tenderloin with grilled shrimp over mixed greens, garnished with local vegetables and topped with an herbal vinaigrette
Vegetarian – locally sourced vegetables are the star of this Chef Michelle inspired creation
Scrumptious Dessert:
Chef Michelle and Mother Nature designed sweet confection

Corporate event sponsorships are available. Contact Kim Johnsen, 815/964-6666 or kjohnsen@naturalland.org for more information about the the variety of levels and benefits.

Make your reservation today! See the form below the Event Sponsors list.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

Presenting ($5000) 


Grey-headed Coneflower ($2000)



Culver’s Root ($1500)


Purple Prairie Clover ($1000)

Dave and Nancy Voss      



Hoary Vervain ($500)






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