Membership List

Angelic Organics Learning Center

1547 Rockton Road

Caledonia, IL 61011

Farm Phone: 1-815-389-8455

For our Chicago urban programs office: 1-773-991-0786

Fax: 1-425-969-0317

www.LearnGrowConnect.org

Angelic Organics Learning Center helps urban and rural people build local food

systems. The Learning Center offers opportunities to grow healthy food and a better

quality of life, connect with farmers and the land, and learn agricultural and leadership

skills. The Learning Center, a nonprofit organization, reaches more than 4,000 people

each year through its programs at partner farms and urban growing sites in northern

Illinois and southern Wisconsin. For more information or to get involved, please visit

www.LearnGrowConnect.org.

 

Atwood Environmental Center

Rockford Park District

2685 New Milford School Rd.

Rockford, IL 61109-4435

1-815-874-7576

FAX: 1-815-874-2467

www.rockfordparkdistrict.org

School and Community Group Outings. Spend a full or half-day at the Atwood

Environmental Center. Explore the various nature neighborhoods such as oak forest, tall

grass prairie and the Kishwaukee River bottomlands. Sample from a variety of sessions

that include teams courses, nature and cultural history hikes, outdoor living skills with

archery and fishing. (In season). Some activities can be brought to community groups

and school sites. In general, sessions are approximately 3 hours in length, and require a

minimum of sixteen participants. We also offer residential experiences of 1 ½ or 2 ½

days. Call 1-815-874-7576 to schedule a date for your school or group outing.

Birds of Prey. The Atwood Environmental Center cares for six non-releasable

raptors, including owls, hawks, a kestrel, and an eagle.

Presentations. Focusing on native species, Atwood’s Birds of Prey presentations

deliver a powerful educational and environmental message for people of all ages.

Call for fees and scheduling  1-815-874-7576.

Facility Rentals: The Atwood Center allows for an incredible experience in the

outdoors, while providing all the comforts of home. Please call 1-815-874-7576 for rates and

availability.

 

Boone County Conservation District

603 N. Appleton Road

Belvidere, IL 61008

Open M – F: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

1-815-547-7935

www.bccdil.org

The BCCD manages over 3,500 acres of open space comprised of wetlands, prairies,

and woodlands within 25 conservation areas. Educational and recreational opportunities

are offered year round. The district hosts field trips, workshops, and summer camps.

The BCCD mission is to preserve and manage natural areas and open spaces for

ecological, educational, and recreational benefits of present and future generations.

Volunteers Wanted. All year long. Do you like being outdoors and meeting new

people? Call the Volunteer coordinator at 1-815- 547-7935

 

Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 North Main Street

Rockford, IL 61103

1-815-965-3433 – Phone

1-815-965-2703 – Fax

www.burpee.org

Burpee Museum of Natural History, located at 737 North Main Street, Rockford,

Illinois, is home of Jane, Rockford’s Celebrity Dinosaur. Unearthed in the Badlands of

Montana the summer of 2002 by Burpee paleontologists, Jane is considered one of the

most spectacular finds in the history of paleontology. Established in 1941, the Burpee Museum, one of the preeminent natural history museums, is located on the banks of the Rock River in Rockford, Illinois. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., seven days a week. Closed Major Holidays. Free parking is available at Burpee Museum at 737 North Main Street.  Additional parking information is available on the website. Visit www.burpee.org or call 1 815 965 3433 for current admission fees and information about membership.  General admission is free for Burpee Museum members and children under 4 years of age. Visit www.burpee.org

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Byron Forest Preserve

7993 N. River Rd

Byron, IL 61010

1-815-234-8535

www.byronforestpreserve.com

Field trips to Natural History Museum, Observatory, and Heritage Farm:

Scouts, schools, and senior groups are welcome to the Forest Preserve for an educational

and fun tour of our great museums. Staff welcomes and gives tours for the low cost of

$1.50/person with a minimum of $30/group. We offer many sessions to choose from

including prairie ecology, astronomy, and museum tour. Call 1-815-234-8535, ext. 217 to

schedule your next outing with us.

Natural History Museum, Heritage Farm Museum, Weiskopf Observatory,

Preschool Classes, Recycling Station, Canoe Rentals, Ski/Sled/Snowshoe rentals,

Outreach: We offer educational programs to any group including retirement

homes and nursing facilities for a small fee. Call today to book your next on site program.

 

DeKalb Forest Preserve District

110 East Sycamore Street

Sycamore, IL 60178

1-815-895-7191

www.dekalbcounty.org

 

The Dome Education & Gathering Center

6524 Belvidere Road

Roscoe, IL 61073

1-815-623-9878

FAX 1-815-623-3531

e-mail: geodomedad@gmail.com

www.thedomecenter.com

Our mission as a learning center is to host and promote events and gatherings that

raise awareness of local, national and global environmental realities and inspire caring

citizens to reflect, connect, communicate, and act as responsible caretakers of the earth

by creating sustainable communities.

 

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

www.eeai.net

 

Four Rivers Environmental Coalition

Comprised of over 30 organizations in an area made up of the watersheds of the Rock,

Sugar, Pecatonica and Kishwaukee Rivers in north central Illinois whose vision and

mission is to:

• Demonstrate the needs and benefits of Open Space advocacy by supporting

regional-wide planning for the preservation of open spaces, park and

recreational opportunities.

• Provide a source for scientifically sound information to assist decision makers

in devising policy and actions concerning the protection, acquisition,

restoration and management of natural areas and open spaces.

• Promote, coordinate, and facilitate the restoration, management, and

protection of existing and future natural areas.

• Increase the public’s awareness and understanding of our region’s

biodiversity by developing, coordinating, and promoting environmental

education programs and events for life long learning.

• Develop relationships and partnerships with private sectors, corporations,

and businesses to provide financial resources for the continuation of

economic and quality of life benefits for all.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each odd numbered month at the

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District office, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL

61103. For more information visit: www.fourriver.org or contact: 1-815-877-6100, or

jjohannsen@wcfpd.org.

 

Friends of the Kishwaukee River

815-601-5567

friendsofthekish@gmail.com

www.kishwaukeeriver.org

Friends of the Kishwaukee River is a grassroots, community initiative in Winnebago County, Illinois, created to establish public awareness of the beauty and ecology of the Kishwaukee River, one of the highest quality streams in Illinois, and the many threats to its health. The mission of Friends of the Kishwaukee River is to promote good stewardship of the river and the surrounding public lands, encourage safe and responsible recreation, and protect its watershed from degradation.

 

Green Communities Coalition

920 Third Ave.

Rockford, IL

1-815-874-9604

www.greencommunitiescoalition.org

Green Communities Coalition is a non-profit grassroots organization of

concerned citizens dedicated to preserving and improving our environment through

positive action. We seek to build a cooperative coalition with partners in the

communities where we live: be they churches, schools, non-profit organizations,

government, business or individuals. Together we will agree on actions we can take

to improve the environment and make recommendations to government and the

public. Call or visit web site for monthly meeting date and agenda. All are welcome.

 

Hoo Haven

10823 Cleveland Road

Durand, IL 61024

815-629-2212

karen@hoohaven.org

www.hoohaven.org

Hoo Haven Wildlife and Education Center is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization

which has been operating outside your back door for over 25 years. Our goal is to

rehab orphaned and injured North American Wildlife and release them back into the

wild, educate others as to the part they can play in helping Mother Earth and how to

help with conservation efforts to make it a better place to live.

We do over 120 programs per year in northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa and

are known for “bringing the field trip to you.” Programs offered include Birds of Prey,

Feathers and Feet, Snakes and Rats and our own Wildlife Trunks. We show individuals

that there is a wealth of wildlife right at their own back door. Programs must be

booked 8 weeks in advance.

Hoo Haven has many opportunities for community service projects, whether it is

for, 4-H, Work Days for companies, probation hours, etc. Call 815-629-2212 to find out

about the various opportunities for groups and individuals.

Hoo Haven is now “going green’ by utilizing renewable energy technology. Our

own Solar Voltaic system is up and running and producing electricity. We also now

have a vertical axis wind generator on site.

Tours are available by appointment. There is much to see and tours take at least

one hour and include the PV Solar System and the Wind Generator. Tour cost is $10

per person for anyone over 12 years of age. Children 12 and under are free. For more

information on volunteering, donating, time, materials or financial support, please

call.

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Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

5417 North Second Street

Loves Park, IL 61111

1-815-637-1343

FAX: 1-815-637-0525

info@knib.org

www.facebook.com/KeepNorthernIllinoisBeautiful

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, the regional Keep America Beautiful affiliate, is a

volunteer-driven, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to

improve our environment through education, public awareness and community

involvement. For more information on any of our recycling drives and awards programs, please visit our website at www.knib.org. Volunteers may also register online for the Metals & Electronics Drives and the Clothing Drives. Sign up to receive our email newsletter to stay informed about all our events.

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

2715 S. Main Street

Rockford, IL 61102

1-815-965-8146

www.klehm.org

Klehm is open daily 9am to 4pm, year-round.  Klehm will have later evening hours in the summer visit klehm.org or call (815) 965-8146 for dates and times.  Admission: Adults – $6 | Children, Seniors (62+) and Students (18+ with ID) – $3 | Klehm members, AHS reciprocal garden members and Children under 3 – Free. Groups receive discounted rates. Donation Day is the first Tuesday of each month. Leashed dogs welcome.

Discover Rockford’s Living Museum with 155-acres of gardens and forest. Stroll over 2 miles of paved paths and over 2.5 miles of wood-chips trails, or take a guided riding tour on the Klehm Express. Visitors will find several specialty gardens including the Nancy Olson Children’s Garden and the elegant Fountain Garden.  The arboretum includes over 300 types of trees and shrubs from around the world.  Klehm has fun and educational programming for the whole family.  Find and register for events at www.klehm.org and sign up to receive our email newsletter.  Klehm also offers attractive membership packages and many volunteer opportunities.

 

Macktown Living History Education Center

Located at Macktown Forest Preserve, 2221 Freeport Rd., Rockton, IL 61072

MLHEC, P.O. Box 566, Rockton, IL 61072

1-815-624-4200

www.macktownlivinghistory.com

macktown1@frontier.com

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Macktown Living History Education Center is a non-profit organization located

within Macktown Forest Preserve. Their mission is to restore the site of the original

Pecatonic (now Macktown) settlement and provide education on early 1800’s life

through programs and events throughout the year. Macktown is listed on the National

Historic Register and offers tours of two of the original buildings on Sundays in the

summer months or by chance or appointment. A historic garden is tended by

volunteers, anyone interested may join us on March 5 for the first workday or call 1-815-

624-4200 to learn the 2012 garden schedule.

Spring events – The Gathering. Reenactors interpret lifeways of early settlers.

Summer events – archaeology digs open to the public. Limited registration. Adults and

children ages 9-12. Fall events – Frenchman’s Frolic Rendezvous. Winter

event –Christmas at the Mack House.

 

Midway Village Museum

6799 Guilford Road

Rockford, IL 61107

1-815-397-9112

www.midwayvillage.com

Midway Village Museum & Heritage Garden Program

Midway Village Museum is a 137-acre museum comfortably nestled among a

picturesque background of native prairie, woodlands and heirloom gardens that

encourage visitors to step-back-in-time to the 1900s.

The open air museum is a Victorian Village (1890 to 1910) of 26 historical buildings

filled with artifacts of the era as well as several beautiful 19th century gardens.

Interpreters in authentic period dress are available seasonally for guided tours. The main

museum building holds a number of permanent exhibits reflecting Rockford’s history

and culture. As a part of the village, the Heritage Garden Program has recreated historic gardens in the village using 19th century garden designs, structures, ornamentation and

heirloom plants. In addition to the cultivated garden areas, Midway Village Museum is actively

engaged in prairie restoration. When the first settlers arrived in Northern Illinois, 22

million acres of prairie dominated the landscape and gave Illinois its nickname, the

Prairie State.. An ongoing program aimed at restoring this unique biological community began in 2005. The creation of a native wetland earned the Superior Achievement Award by the Illinois Association of

Museums in 2006.

 

Natural Land Institute

320 South Third Street

Rockford, Illinois 61104

1-815-964-6666

Fax: 1-815-964-6661

E-mail: info@naturalland.org

www.NaturalLand.org

Open Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The mission of the Natural Land Institute is to create an enduring legacy of natural

land in northern Illinois for people, plants and animals. We do this by preserving forests,

prairies and wetlands for native plants and animals, restoring habitat for wildlife,

protecting rivers and streams for fish and other aquatic species, educating people about

their part in nature, and providing opportunities to enjoy natural areas to enrich the

lives of residents of northern Illinois.

NLI offers volunteer opportunities, educational programs and nature walks at our

preserves. Workdays and programs are often scheduled at the Nygren Wetland Preserve,

a 721-acre restoration project located a mile west of Rockton, Illinois.

 

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

1354 N. 2nd Street

Rockford, Illinois

815-987-8858

www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/ncg

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens is situated along the banks of our beautiful Rock River in Sinnissippi Gardens. The facility opened at the end of October 2011 and is now the third largest conservatory in Illinois.  The site will be recognized as LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Highlights:

  • Water features, seating areas, and sculptures – all in an 11,00 square foot tropical plant exhibition area
  • Changing seasonal floral displays and special events
  • Educational programs where children can learn the importance of plants
  • Special workshops and lecture series for adults
  • The perfect place to host your event – small weddings, receptions, business meetings
  • Garden Gate Gifts – shop for unique presents and seasonal gifts

 

Admission

Adults…………………………………..$6.00 residents, $8 non-residents

Students…………………………….…$4 residents, $6 non-residents

Seniors…………………………………$4.00 residents & non-residents

Children ages 4 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Call for information about rental space to accommodate up to 120 people for meetings, weddings or special events:815-987-8858 for information. “Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/nicholasconservatory) for discounts and special offers!”

 

North Central Illinois Ornithological Society (NCIOS)

Meetings held at the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Headquarters,

5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL.

www.ncios.org

NCIOS meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month, except in June

and September when the club meets at 6:00 p.m. in area forest preserves and parks.

NCIOS does not meet in July, August, and December. Meetings feature educational programs about birds, birding equipment, places and times to watch birds, recent area bird sightings, bird identification tips, and members’ birding trips, etc. The Club offers monthly bird watching field trips to local sites of interest, as well as the annual Christmas, Spring, and Sandhill Crane bird

counts. Visitors are always welcomed and carpooling is available for field trips. For

more information, please visit the club’s web site, www.ncios.org, or call Barbara

Williams at 1-815-968-4732.

 

Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education

6320 Poplar Street

Loves Park, IL 61111

1-815-633-9193

www.northernillinoisraptor.org

Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab & Education is a non-profit volunteer organization

dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured, sick and orphaned birds of prey, with the

goal of returning strong, healthy birds back to the wild. Our “Education Ambassadors” are non-releasable hawks, owls, falcons, etc. We have 14 raptors representing 10 different species. We offer interactive, up-close-and personal

“live” bird of prey programs engaging a wide variety of audiences. These

venues include, schools, businesses, various groups & organizations, festivals, scouts, nursing homes/retirement homes and any others who

desire to gain knowledge and understanding of raptors, their natural history, their

habitat, and the roles they play in nature and in our lives.

Display materials include biological materials such as wings, feathers, tails, and

feet, etc., which participants are invited to view and touch. Many other informative

materials are also displayed. Visit our website at northernillinoisraptor.org or our blog for more information

about us and future events. Call us at 1-815-633-9193 or e-mail Candy Ridlbauer at

raptorlady@comcast.net.

 

Northwest Illinois Audubon Society

P.O. Box 771

Freeport, IL 61032

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society,

provides many opportunities for environmental action at the local level. The Society’s

strongest commitments are in the areas of public environmental education, natural

areas management and sustainable agriculture. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of

the month, September-May in Freeport. Field trips are offered on a regular basis, and a

bimonthly newsletter is sent to members. Many stewardship days are scheduled each summer on prairie remnants managed by the Society, including Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve near Forreston. In addition, the Society participates in the annual Christmas Bird Count, promotes member action on environmental legislation, provides environmental education materials to local school classrooms and offers scholarships for ecology workshops and ornithology courses. Visit www.nwilaudubon.org to see our newsletter and find out about programs.

 

David C .Olson Photography

7801 East State Street, Inside the Clock Tower

Rockford IL 61108

815-873-1777

www.davidolsonphoto.com

Nationally published photographers David and Adrienne Olson from Olson

Photography offer fine portraiture, wedding, schools and of course wildlife photography.

Olson photography is a full service studio that offers the latest in digital services.

Waterfalls and reflection ponds are part of their outdoor sets. Inside, the studio is home

to the Wild Images gallery. A collection of images from the natural world framed and

matted for sale for your home and business. Also David’s images are printed on note

cards, calendars and books with his breathtaking nature imagery. David Olson also leads

photo workshops in the area and globally to find beauty and teach others how to create

better images. A must see is their Audio and Visual large screen presentations of the

natural world. These inspiring shows are great for organizations, companies, nature

centers and school groups. Call to book a date for your group.

 

Paddle & Trail

7212 N. Alpine Road, Loves Park, IL
815-636-9066
Located on Windsor Lake

855-752-9688

info@paddleandtrail.com

www.paddleandtrail.com

Paddle and Trail is an independently owned, full service outdoor retailer and outfitter with two locations, in the Greater Chicago Area, Northern Illinois, and Southern Wisconsin. We specialize in paddlesports, bicycling, trail running, Nordic winter sports and adventure racing. As a leader in the outdoor industry and in the larger community, we use outdoor retail as a platform to encourage outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship and to improve access to both water and land trails for increased recreational opportunities. Our outdoor adventure experts are standing by to help you get ready for your next adventure.

 

 

Rock Valley College

3301 North Mulford Road

Rockford, IL 61114

815) 921-7821

www.rockvalleycollege.edu

 

As a community’s college, we make a difference through teaching, learning and leading.

Rock Valley College is a comprehensive two-year community college in Rockford, Illinois offering more than 100 courses for transfer, career programs and certificates.  Founded in 1964, the college is part of the 48-institution Illinois Community College System.

Service Area-

All of Winnebago County, most of Boone County and portions of Ogle, Stephenson, McHenry and DeKalb counties.  The total population served is more than 340,000.

Facilities

•           217-acre wooded campus

•           Facilities

Main Campus, North Mulford Road, Rockford

Stenstrom Center for Career Education, Samuelson Road, Rockford

Bell School Road Center, Bell School Road, Rockford

Falcon Road Center, Falcon Road, Rockford

North Main Street Center, North Main Street, Rockford

Learning and Opportunity Center, 308 West State Street (Stewart Square), Rockford

Bengt Sjostrom Theatre, home of Starlight Theatre

Comprehensive athletic complex and walking path

Modern classroom and labs

 

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory

Colored Sands Forest Preserve,

Haas Road, Shirland, IL

Mail: P.O. Box 2

Seward, IL. 61077

1-815-629-2671

www.sandbluff.org

Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding operations in

the country that is open to the public. Sand Bluff is, and always has been, run entirely by

volunteers who band birds, serve as guides for visitors, and present educational

programs. Although Sand Bluff is a research facility, education is also a high priority.

Special events allowing visitors to interact with owls and hawks are available by

reservation. Please see the calendar for available dates. Individual and group visits to

Sand Bluff are welcome. For more information or to schedule a group tour call 1-815-621-

0607. A map is available on the Winnebago County Forest Preserve website at:

http://www.wcfpd.org/preserves/NWMap.cfm

 

Severson Dells Nature Center

Located at Severson Dells Forest Preserve

8786 Montague Road

Rockford, IL 61102

1-815-335-2915

FAX: 1-815-335-2471

www.seversondells.org

Nature Center Hours:

Monday through Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Severson Dells Nature Center’s mission is to link people to nature through education

and research in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area. The Nature Center

promotes awareness of the natural world, fostering respect, enjoyment and preservation

now and in the future. Educational programs are offered weekly to people of all ages and

interests. Nature Library with over 2,000 titles available for check-out to members of

“Friends of Severson Dells.”

 

Blackhawk Sierra Club

201 Seventh Street

Rockford, Illinois 61104

www.illinois.sierraclub.org/blackhawk

 

Founded in 1879 by John Muir, the Sierra Club is the one of the oldest, largest, most influential environmental organization in the United States. Our mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. The Blackhawk Group of the Illinois Chapter is dedicated to environmental education, outdoor recreation, and political action in McHenry, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle, Lee, and Whiteside Counties.

 

 

Sinnissippi Audubon Society

P.O. Box 7544, Rockford, IL 61126

1-815-398-2974

Sinnissippi Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society in

Winnebago and Boone Counties. Membership meetings are held on the third Tuesday of

the months September through June. Field Trips are also scheduled during the year.

 

Sugar-Pecatonica Rivers Ecosystem Partnership

320 South Third Street

Rockford, Illinois 61104

1-815-964-6666

The mission of the Sugar-Pecatonica Rivers Ecosystem Partnership is to

demonstrate leadership in preservation and management of the Sugar and Pecatonica

rivers’ ecosystems and natural resources and to promote responsible and sustainable use

of these resources through Partners for Conservation grants and other sources.

Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of odd-numbered months at

various locations around the watersheds, with the exception of the Annual Meeting in

September, which is held at a later hour.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Please call the Natural Land Institute

at 815-964-6666 for the location of each meeting.

 

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum & Gardens

411 Kent St.

Rockford, IL. 61102

1-815-964-2424 /

www.tinkercottage.com

 

University of Illinois Extension – Winnebago County

1040 N. Second St.

Rockford, Illinois, 61107

Phone: 1-815-986-4357

FAX: 1-815-986-4329

www.extension.uiuc.edu/winnebago

 

Welty Environmental Center

8606 W. County Rd. H

Beloit, WI 53511

(608) 361-1377

www.weltycenter.org

info@weltycenter.org

The Welty Environmental Center offers environmental education for all ages in the

Stateline region, from pre-K through adults. Groups including schools, scouts,

homeschool, 4-H and more are welcome. Annual festivals celebrating the natural world,

along with school and public programs, are offered year-round. The Welty Environmental

Center is headquartered in Beckman Mill County Park (7 miles west of Beloit) which is

rich in natural and cultural history. Regular center hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-

Friday. Please call ahead as staff may be offsite with programs.

 

Wild Ones® – Rock River Valley Chapter

5411 E. State PMB340

Rockford, IL 61108

1-815-627-0344

e-mail: info@WildOnesRRVC.org

www.WildOnesRRVC.org

Wild Ones is a national organization of about 3400 members with a local chapter of about

180. We teach people how to incorporate native plants into their home or business landscapes.

Meetings are usually held the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm. We normally meet at

Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. Most meetings are free and

open to the public and are designed to provide ideas, how-to and inspiration. They consist of

presentations on prairie, woodland, and wetland native plants and natural landscaping and

related subjects. Several other events are offered to members throughout the year.

 

Willow’s Cleaning Service

422 Patti Lane

Machesney Park, IL 61115

1-815-520-4996

www.willowscleaning.com

Willows Cleaning Service provides environmentally friendly house cleaning, office

cleaning, maid services with natural non-toxic products. Willows Cleaning Service was

nominated for a Winnebago County Green Business of the Year. We strive for excellence and

education in saving our planet one client at a time. Willow’s Cleaning Service provides peace

of mind at a competitive price. Service area includes Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park,

Roscoe, Belvidere, Boone County, South Beloit, Rockton.

Services include:

* Peace of Mind House Cleaning

* Clutter Removal

* Estate Clean Outs

* Weekly Home Cleaning-Office Cleaning

* Bi-weekly House and Office Cleaning

* One Time Cleanings

* Spring and Fall Cleanups

* Move In and Move Out Cleaning

 

Winnebago County Forest Preserve District

5500 Northrock Dr.

Rockford, IL 61103

1-815-877-6100

www.wcfpd.org

The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District owns and manages over 9,700 acres

of forest preserves for citizens and visitors of Winnebago County. The District partners

with local environmental education organizations to provide an array of life-long

learning opportunities at forest preserve sites. Severson Dells, Macktown Living History, Klehm

Arboretum and Sand Bluff Bird Observatory offer unique opportunities for families,

students, youth groups and individuals to gain intimate knowledge of the plants and

animals of our native Illinois habitats. Four campgrounds, 28 shelterhouses, eight boat

ramps, 100 miles of hiking trails, six designated nature preserves are just some of the

benefits offered at the District’s 41 sites. Over 1,500,000 people visit Winnebago County

forest preserves each year for picnics, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing,

camping, concerts, field trips and special events. Call or visit our website for free maps

and brochures to help you find and enjoy some of the most beautiful natural areas in

the Midwest.

 

Winnebago County Health Department

401 Division Street

Rockford, IL 61104

www.wchd.org

The Winnebago County Health Department Vision is to help promote a safe and

healthy community in Winnebago County. Our Mission Statement is “To generate

community efforts and interest, to prevent disease, promote health and assure that vital

elements are in place to improve the health of the residents of Winnebago County.” This

includes education on and protection of groundwater, regulation of private septic and

well systems to protect health and groundwater supplies, provide environmental lab

testing services, assure food sanitation at public facilities and events, and to assure

minimum standards for healthy houses, properties and subdivisions. Other programs

currently provided to assure a healthy environment include but are not limited to West

Nile Virus surveillance, radon surveillance in homes, child lead exposure monitoring and

elimination, and the promotion of proper disposal and / or recycling practices for

hazardous materials such a mercury thermometers.

 

Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation District

4833 Owen Center Road

Rockford, IL 61101

Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 4:30 pm

Phone: 1-815-965-2392, x. 3

Fax: 1-815-965-2447

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403 - FORBIDDEN
ERROR 403 - FORBIDDEN

Why am I seeing this page?

403 errors usually mean that the server does not have permission to view the requested file or resource.These errors are often caused by IP Deny rules, File protections, or permission problems.

In many cases this is not an indication of an actual problem with the server itself but rather a problem with the information the server has been instructed to access as a result of the request. This error is often caused by an issue on your site which may require additional review by our support teams.

Our support staff will be happy to assist you in resolving this issue. Please contact our Live Support or reply to any Tickets you may have received from our technicians for further assistance.

Is there anything that I can do?

There are a few common causes for this error code including problems with the individual script that may be executed upon request. Some of these are easier to spot and correct than others.

File and Directory Ownership

The server you are on runs applications in a very specific way in most cases. The server generally expects files and directories be owned by your specific user cPanel user. If you have made changes to the file ownership on your own through SSH please reset the Owner and Group appropriately.

File and Directory Permissions

The server you are on runs applications in a very specific way in most cases. The server generally expects files such as HTML, Images, and other media to have a permission mode of 644. The server also expects the permission mode on directories to be set to 755 in most cases.

(See the Section on Understanding Filesystem Permissions.)

Note: If the permissions are set to 000, please contact our support team using the ticket system. This may be related to an account level suspension as a result of abuse or a violation of our Terms of Service.

IP Deny Rules

In the .htaccess file, there may be rules that are conflicting with each other or that are not allowing an IP address access to the site.

If you would like to check a specific rule in your .htaccess file you can comment that specific line in the .htaccess by adding # to the beginning of the line. You should always make a backup of this file before you start making changes.

For example, if the .htaccess looks like

Order deny,allow
allow from all
deny from 192.168.1.5
deny from 192.168.1.25

Then try something like this

Order allow,deny
allow from all
#deny from 192.168.1.5
deny from 192.168.1.25

Our server administrators will be able to advise you on how to avoid this error if it is caused by process limitations. Please contact our Live Support or open a Ticket. Be sure to include the steps needed for our support staff to see the 403 error on your site.

Understanding Filesystem Permissions

Symbolic Representation

The first character indicates the file type and is not related to permissions. The remaining nine characters are in three sets, each representing a class of permissions as three characters. The first set represents the user class. The second set represents the group class. The third set represents the others class.

Each of the three characters represent the read, write, and execute permissions:

  • r if reading is permitted, - if it is not.
  • w if writing is permitted, - if it is not.
  • x if execution is permitted, - if it is not.

The following are some examples of symbolic notation:

  • -rwxr-xr-x a regular file whose user class has full permissions and whose group and others classes have only the read and execute permissions.
  • crw-rw-r-- a character special file whose user and group classes have the read and write permissions and whose others class has only the read permission.
  • dr-x------ a directory whose user class has read and execute permissions and whose group and others classes have no permissions.

Numeric Representation

Another method for representing permissions is an octal (base-8) notation as shown. This notation consists of at least three digits. Each of the three rightmost digits represents a different component of the permissions: user, group, and others.

Each of these digits is the sum of its component bits As a result, specific bits add to the sum as it is represented by a numeral:

  • The read bit adds 4 to its total (in binary 100),
  • The write bit adds 2 to its total (in binary 010), and
  • The execute bit adds 1 to its total (in binary 001).

These values never produce ambiguous combinations. each sum represents a specific set of permissions. More technically, this is an octal representation of a bit field – each bit references a separate permission, and grouping 3 bits at a time in octal corresponds to grouping these permissions by user, group, and others.

Permission mode 0755

4+2+1=7
Read, Write, eXecute
4+1=5
Read, eXecute
4+1=5
Read, eXecute

Permission mode 0644

4+2=6
Read, Write
4
Read
4
Read

How to modify your .htaccess file

The .htaccess file contains directives (instructions) that tell the server how to behave in certain scenarios and directly affect how your website functions.

Redirects and rewriting URLs are two very common directives found in a .htaccess file, and many scripts such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Magento add directives to the .htaccess so those scripts can function.

It is possible that you may need to edit the .htaccess file at some point, for various reasons.This section covers how to edit the file in cPanel, but not what may need to be changed.(You may need to consult other articles and resources for that information.)

There are Many Ways to Edit a .htaccess File

  • Edit the file on your computer and upload it to the server via FTP
  • Use an FTP program's Edit Mode
  • Use SSH and a text editor
  • Use the File Manager in cPanel

The easiest way to edit a .htaccess file for most people is through the File Manager in cPanel.

How to Edit .htaccess files in cPanel's File Manager

Before you do anything, it is suggested that you backup your website so that you can revert back to a previous version if something goes wrong.

Open the File Manager

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Files section, click on the File Manager icon.
  3. Check the box for Document Root for and select the domain name you wish to access from the drop-down menu.
  4. Make sure Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)" is checked.
  5. Click Go. The File Manager will open in a new tab or window.
  6. Look for the .htaccess file in the list of files. You may need to scroll to find it.

To Edit the .htaccess File

  1. Right click on the .htaccess file and click Code Edit from the menu. Alternatively, you can click on the icon for the .htaccess file and then click on the Code Editor icon at the top of the page.
  2. A dialogue box may appear asking you about encoding. Just click Edit to continue. The editor will open in a new window.
  3. Edit the file as needed.
  4. Click Save Changes in the upper right hand corner when done. The changes will be saved.
  5. Test your website to make sure your changes were successfully saved. If not, correct the error or revert back to the previous version until your site works again.
  6. Once complete, you can click Close to close the File Manager window.

How to modify file and directory permissions

The permissions on a file or directory tell the server how in what ways it should be able to interact with a file or directory.

This section covers how to edit the file permissions in cPanel, but not what may need to be changed.(See the section on what you can do for more information.)

There are Many Ways to Edit a File Permissions

  • Use an FTP program
  • Use SSH and a text editor
  • Use the File Manager in cPanel

The easiest way to edit file permissions for most people is through the File Manager in cPanel.

How to Edit file permissions in cPanel's File Manager

Before you do anything, it is suggested that you backup your website so that you can revert back to a previous version if something goes wrong.

Open the File Manager

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Files section, click on the File Manager icon.
  3. Check the box for Document Root for and select the domain name you wish to access from the drop-down menu.
  4. Make sure Show Hidden Files (dotfiles)" is checked.
  5. Click Go. The File Manager will open in a new tab or window.
  6. Look for the file or directory in the list of files. You may need to scroll to find it.

To Edit the Permissions

  1. Right click on the file or directory and click Change Permissions from the menu.
  2. A dialogue box should appear allowing you to select the correct permissions or use the numerical value to set the correct permissions.
  3. Edit the file permissions as needed.
  4. Click Change Permissions in the lower left hand corner when done. The changes will be saved.
  5. Test your website to make sure your changes were successfully saved. If not, correct the error or revert back to the previous version until your site works again.
  6. Once complete, you can click Close to close the File Manager window.