New Meeting Location!

Beginning with the May 19 meeting, we have relocated to the Physical Education Center (PEC), at Rock Valley College. Directions to meeting location.

August 18 Meeting

Winter Trees: How to Know Your Ash from a Pole in the Ground

Jack Shouba is a former high school biology and chemistry teacher and winner of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Illinois. Since taking early retirement, he has taught numerous classes at Morton Arboretum and worked part-time as a botanist, nature photographer, and science educator. Currently, he is working as Open Space Development Coordinator for the Campton Township Open Space Program in Kane county. He was a founder of the Save the Prairie Society, is a director of the Illinois Native Plant Society and treasurer of the Northeastern chapter of that group, and is active in the Nature Study and Camera Club of Morton Arboretum.

You know the old joke: “How do you tell a dogwood? By its bark.” This presentation on local trees shows how you can tell many trees by their bark, but also by their shape, color, branching pattern, habitat, leaves, flowers, and fruits. In winter, a close look at buds and twigs reveals fascinating details. Everyone loves trees, but do you know how to tell our state tree from the other common oaks? You can if you know the oak song. Be prepared: a sing-along just might break out at this month’s program!

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 332-3343.

September 15 Meeting

Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home

This recently released film, produced by Catherine Zimmerman, will be screened.

This is one you will not want to miss.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 332-3343.



Our Meetings


We meet the third Thursday of most months in the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Most programs are free and open to the public. See Monthly Meetings for more information.

Directions to meeting location.

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