There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.
March 5, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn the unique calls of the 13 species of frogs and toads in our area. Forest Preserves of Winnebago County (FPWC) Headquarters, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, (815) 877-6100, winnebagoforest.org.
Sock Monkey Madness Festival
March 5-6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Make a sock monkey, play safari-themed games, browse various vendors selling all-things-sock-monkey, see performances from Rockford Dance Company and go on a treasure hunt for a prize. Food and beverages available. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 397-2112, midwayvillage.com.
Gardening for Food & Fun 2016
March 5, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This annual, one-day educational gardening event includes a keynote presentation from William Sullivan, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois; a breakout session; and a boxed lunch. Registration req. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, (815) 986-4357, web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.
Winter Tree & Shrub Identification Workshop
March 5, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn how to identify native and non-native trees and shrubs of northern Illinois by buds, twigs and bark, then put your knowledge to use at Burr Oak Valley Preserve. Talcott Free Library, 101 E. Main St., Rockton, Ill., (815) 964-6666, NaturalLand.org.
Fabulous Fairy Tales
March 5, 11-11:45 a.m. Check out a new fairy tale, revisit an old favorite, dance, sing and make a craft to take home. Main Library, Little Theatre, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Meetings with Remarkable Beings
March 8, 7 p.m. Share stories of transformative encounters with animals and cosmos, explore how they haunt our dreams, perforate our boundaries (and theirs), invade our heart, inspire our music and poetry, and teach new languages. Severson Dells Nature Center, 8786 Montague Road, Rockford, (815) 335-2915, seversondells.org.
“And Now, Here’s Something We Hope You’ll Really Like!”
March 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Join Severson Dells biologist/educator Greg Keilback to learn about flying squirrels. The event starts with an indoor presentation about the life of our flying friends and the habitats they live in, followed by a hike to look for flying squirrels. Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, (815) 335-2915, seversondells.org.
Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators
March 12, 9 a.m.-noon. Barbara Williams, experienced Illinois bee spotter and ex-manager of Burpee Museum’s biology department, shares her photographic overview of native pollinators. FPWC Headquarters, Rockford, (815) 877-6100, winnebagoforest.org.
Illinois Railway Museum, Virtual Tour
March 13, 2 p.m. Take a virtual tour of the Illinois Railway Museum and learn about railroading’s important mark on the history of northern Illinois and beyond. Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St., Cherry Valley, Ill., (815) 332-5161, cherryvalleylib.org/wpcherryvalley/events/calendar-of-events/.
The History of Beer
March 13, 2 p.m. This lecture includes stories and images tracing the evolution of this popular beverage over a span of more than 9,000 years. Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron, Ill., (815) 234-8535, byronforestpreserve.com.
Vermilion River Mussel Projects
March 15, 7 p.m. Jeremy Tiemann, a field biologist/aquatic zoologist specializing in stream ecology, outlines Vermillion River Mussel Projects from reintroductions to dam removal. Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, (815) 335-2915, seversondells.org.
Health & Wellness Workshops
March 17-April 21, Thursdays 1:30-4 p.m. Attend six interactive workshops that teach skills that help individuals manage their chronic illnesses. This program offers support, practical solutions for dealing with pain and fatigue, nutrition, exercise advice and more. Presence Cor Mariae Center, 3330 Maria Linden Dr., Rockford, (815) 877-7416.
Odonate Monitoring Training
March 19, 9 a.m.-noon. Marla Garrison, author of “Damselflies of Chicagoland: A Photo Field Guide” trains new and returning monitors interested in surveying local dragonflies and damselflies. FPWC Headquarters, Rockford, (815) 877-6100, winnebagoforest.org.
Cub Scout Event Day
March 19, 9:30 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. Cub Scouts play games, go on scavenger hunts, create craft projects, explore artifacts, discover the 1800s village and much more. Midway Village Museum, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.
Latvian-Style Easter Eggs
March 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Make your own dyed Easter egg in Latvian style. All materials and instruction are included with regular museum admission. Midway Village Museum, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.
March 19, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Sing, make crafts and celebrate spring. All ages welcome. Rockford Public Library Main Branch, Little Theater, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Rockford: Blackhawk War Through 1900
March 19, 1 p.m. Learn the history of Rockford and the Winnebago County area from the Blackhawk War until 1900. Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, 411 Kent St., Rockford, (815) 964-2424, tinkercottage.com/lectures.html.
Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit
March 19-May 15, Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of spring as you experience the magical world of native and tropical butterflies. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, (815) 987-8858, nicholasconservatory.com.
Chief Walks With the Wind
March 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and ceremonies shared by Jerry Savage (the grandson of Sam Sine, who was known as “Chief Walks with the Wind”). Starved Rock Lodge, Utica, Ill., (800) 868-7625, starvedrocklodge.com.
America’s First Great Ornithologist
March 22, 7 p.m. Join Matthew Vincent as he presents a brief analysis of the work of Alexander Wilson and John James Audubon. Both men brought together elements of early American history, keen naturalistic observations and insights into the intaglio print making process. Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, (815) 335-2915, seversondells.org.