NLI’s Summer Outdoor Adventure Series Returns!

For the second year, Natural Land Institute will present Family Nature Adventures, a virtual and outdoor adventure series that runs seven weeks and can be done at any time and from anywhere. There are no geographic boundaries. The goal is for kids and families to discover nature all around them and fall in love with it, and for kids to earn a Junior Naturalist badge and certificate. This free experience is open to all and tailored to families with kids ages two to 14.

Kim Johnsen, NLI’s Director of Marketing & Membership and the event coordinator said, “I’m so excited for this year’s Family Nature Adventures. We learned a lot by creating this new type of event last year. This year we have a few new video topics that focus on specific species like bluebirds and Great Horned Owls, to turtles of Illinois, art and writing and we changed content for video topics that we had last year. Also, I’m happy to announce that we are expanding our audience by providing the event and our website in Spanish. You can click on the “Español” button in the top right corner of our website to have it all translated into Spanish and we will provide instructions on how to choose Spanish subtitles in the videos.”

How to participate: Register for this FREE event and watch a video online, do a suggested activity outside (in a backyard or nearby park), answer an optional question and submit it online.

The 14 learning videos will include a variety of nature and arts themed topics: Squiggly Water Bugs – Wetlands; Creek Adventures – Fish; Buried Treasure – Groundwater; Coughing Pellets – Great Horned Owls; Buzz and Fuzz – Our Native Bees and Wasps; The Marvelous Monarch Migration; Home on the Prairie – Prairies; Tree Detective! – Forests; Those Weird Wild Seeds; Leaf Lift-Off! – Art; Let’s Write About It! – Writing; Shells, Scales, and Slippery Tails! -Turtles of Illinois; Cheerful Charmers – Bluebirds; Furry Encounters – Mammals

A group of 3-4 videos will be released on NLI’s website: and announced over NLI’s enewsletter and on social media on Wednesdays: June 23, 30; July 7, 14.

How to get the Junior Naturalist Badge and Certificate: Complete at least six of the activities and the Final Participation Form by Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

Learning video hosts include NLI’s Education and Marketing & Membership Committee members and other volunteers: Rick Barton, Rob Clark, Machelle Dopkins, Pam Shaver, Dawn and Payton Skupien, Julie Tackett, Stacy and Dana Wallace, Andrea Wallace-Noble and Brendan Noble, and Barbara Williams. Partner organizations hosting videos include Boone County Conservation District, Burpee Museum of Natural HistoryCity of Rockford Poet Laureate Christine Swanberg, Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education, Northern Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee, Severson Dells Nature Center, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries, and Welty Environmental Center.

Major Event Sponsor ($1000): Mark and Laurie Luthin; Event Sponsors ($500): Studio GWA, Taylor Creek Restoration NurseriesOwned and Operated by RES; Supporting Sponsor ($250): State Bank of Davis

This program is supported by grants from the Brubaker Charitable Trust, Grand Victoria Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Rockford.


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