Party on the Prairie

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 blooming midsummer wildflowers with butterflies and dragonflies...

Sandhill Cranes Return in February

Sandhill cranes returned to northern Illinois in early February. The first one was seen at Nygren Wetland Preserve in Rockton, Ill. on Feb. 11, 2024. Yes, it’s early in the season, but not unheard of. Since then there have been scores if not hundreds of Sandhill...

Ruff is a First for Nygren Wetland Preserve and Winnebago County

On Tuesday, August 15, we were notified that a Ruff was seen in the big marsh at Nygren Wetland Preserve. Our Exeuctive Director, Alan Branhagen, was able to go there right away to check it out. Thank you to Barbara Williams who identified it and let us know. Many...

Wine & Brew at the Wetland Fundraiser 2023

Wine & Brew Event Supports Nygren Wetland Preserve Wine & Brew at the Wetland is a unique outdoor summer event that benefits the ongoing management of Nygren Wetland Preserve, a 721-acre wildlife refuge located in Rockton, Ill., 3190 W. Rockton Rd., and...

Wander at the Wetland: Full Moon Snowshoe & Hike 2022

NLI will hold the Wander at the Wetland: Full Moon Snowshoe & Hike on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022 at Nygren Wetland Preserve, 3190 W. Rockton Rd., Rockton, Ill., 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This FREE outdoor winter event is for all ages with or without snow. Experience...
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