Congratulations to Winners and Thank You!

Congratulations to Winners and Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Family Nature Adventures this summer. There were 140 registered participants and 23 children who earned a Junior Naturalist badge. Please join us in congratulating the winners of the two drawings that were held after the event...

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A Real Natural Treat

A Real Natural Treat

Scott and Rebecca Olson Create An Oasis for Native Wildlife In Their Urban Neighborhood By Mark Luthin, NLI Trustee   As Rebecca Olson greeted us in the driveway of her Rockford home, I immediately noticed patches of native wildflowers mixed in with their...

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Encouraging Future Conservation Leaders

Encouraging Future Conservation Leaders

NLI is partnering with Rockford Promise (About Rockford Promise – Rockford Promise) which provides promising scholars from underserved school districts full-tuition college scholarships. Rockford Promise also supports those Scholars with robust community mentorships,...

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We Closed on 357 Acres This Week!

We Closed on 357 Acres This Week!

Lost Flora Fen Expansion NLI is pleased to announce that we closed on 357 acres on June 15, 2021 and are the proud new owners of this land that will expand Lost Flora Fen, protect one and half miles of Raccoon Creek and provide access from Yale Bridge Rd. in northern...

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Family Nature Adventures

Family Nature Adventures

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...

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New Nature Preserve and Nature Preserve Buffer Designation

New Nature Preserve and Nature Preserve Buffer Designation

Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve The Natural Land Institute is pleased to announce that the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, at their May 11th 2021 meeting, has dedicated 98.93 acres of The Natural Land Institute’s Burr Oak Valley Preserve as an Illinois State...

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We Support 30×30

We Support 30×30

Last week, the Biden administration released its America The Beautiful Report. In our community, the woodlands, prairies and streams, and all outdoor spaces are more than the backdrop of daily life—they bring us solace and inspire our joy. Like most of you, I have had...

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2021 Family Nature Adventures Coming Soon

2021 Family Nature Adventures Coming Soon

Family Nature Adventures is open to all and geared to families with kids ages 2 - 14. Watch a video online, do the suggested activity outside in your backyard or a nearby park/preserve. Earn a Junior Naturalist Badge. Right now we're busy planning for this year's...

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The Rare Flora of Apple River Canyon

The Rare Flora of Apple River Canyon

Wild Ones of Rock River Valley To Host Virtual Program featuring Townsend Glade Land & Water Reserve and Apple River Canyon Thursday, May 20, 2021 Online Zoom video presentation Time: 7:00 p.m. Randy Nyboer, former District Natural Heritage Biologist for the...

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Thank You Special Projects Donors

Thank You Special Projects Donors

A Video Thank you from Kerry Leigh To Donors of Special Projects for Nygren Wetland Preserve Wow! A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Special Projects for Nygren Wetland Preserve through “A Great Beginning” Virtual Fundraiser in December (2020) and the End...

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