Silver Creek Woods Preserve

​Silver Creek Woods Preserve was a special place for the founders of Natural Land Institute, George and Barbara Fell. They donated the 125-acre natural area with prairies, woodlands and the Silver Creek running through it in southwest Winnebago County to Natural Land Institute so it will be protected forever.

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Silver Creek Woods Preserve is not open to the public. Natural Land Institute members may visit with permission. To request permission and to let us know when you would like to visit please call or email: 815.964.6666 or

Third Saturday Volunteer Stewardship Days

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The third Saturday of the month volunteers help remove invasive non-native species and with other land management tasks at this preserve. This is a great opportunity to see the preserve whether you are a member, or not and provided valuable community service for the natural environment. 

For volunteer days use entrance located just west of 6038 Tipple Road (Rockford, IL 61102). Look for the gate with the NLI and Silver Creek Woods signs. 

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