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Free LogoIn the Outdoors

Be "In the Outdoors" every third Saturday from April through October! Experience all that Seth B. Atwood park as to offer during a FREE monthly series of activities that highlight different aspects of the park.

Bring the entire family for a few hours of fun in nature. No registration is required!

CLICK HERE to download the flyer for the 2017 season!

Free LogoNatural Area Workdays

Situated along the beautiful Kishwaukee River, Atwood Park boasts 334 acres of diverse natural area, including forest, marsh, and prairieland. Each of these areas needs special attention, and you can help! From April through October, join us on the second Tuesday of the month to leave your imprint on one of the largest parks in the Rockford Park District!

Snacks and equipment will be provided. All ages welcome. Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great opportunity for scout groups, youth groups, or those looking for service hours!

Natural Area Workdays runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Groups interested in a specialized project, please call 815.966.8747 for more information.

Bunking with the Birds

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep outside in a tree house? Now you can experience it by staying in the Birds of Prey exhibit at the Atwood Center! Enjoy campfire meals and stay under the stars in this very unique exhibit. Program includes meals, guided hikes, and a live Bird of Prey show; all you need to bring is yourself, sleeping bag and any personal items. Children need to be accompanied by an adult on this one of a kind experience.


  • Children: $30 resident, $38 non-resident
  • Adults: $15 resident, $20 non-resident

Time: 4:00pm Saturday, September 9 through 11:00am Sunday, September 10, 2017

A private Bunking with the Birds program is also available. Please contact us at 815.966.8747 to schedule your group or family outing today!

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