The Nature Explore Classroom at

Severson Dells Nature Center Forest Preserves of Winnebago

The Grove Nature Playscape was opened to the public in August of 2015. Since then thousands of children with their parents and grandparents have enjoyed this special outdoor space. You can play music, build forts, scramble in a spiders web, and let your imagination run wild in the woods.



Unique and beautiful, this area is a great destination spot to draw people of all ages to Severson Dells Forest Preserve and provides a bridge to encourage families out of the house and back into nature. Research shows that spending time outside is of great importance for becoming a well-rounded individual and is hugely beneficial to our mental and physical health.

We are grateful to the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, community donors and volunteers for making this space possible and for keeping it going.


8786 Montague Road
Rockford, IL 61102

Classroom website