Klehm News

Annual Appeal

From the Executive Director – Dan Riggs

“Every time I walk the paths and trails at Klehm, I feel truly fortunate to have such beauty and tranquility at my fingertips.  I am also reminded of how lucky the Rockford area is to have a nationally accredited arboretum and botanic garden in its repertoire of attractions”.  Read more.


Executive Director Announces Retirement

ROCKFORD, Illinois – Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden announced today that Dan Riggs has submitted his retirement letter after nearly six years as Klehm’s Executive Director effective June 8th, 2018. In his letter to the Klehm Board of Directors, Riggs...

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Young Explorers Youth Program

The Young Explorers Youth Nature Program is well underway and kids are enjoying hands-on, educational activities that are nature based.  University of Illinois Extension  - JoDaviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties and Klehm Arboretum have partnered to host the...

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Klehm Receives Challenge Grant

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden has been awarded a matching grant of $10,000 by the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. According to Klehm Executive Director Daniel Riggs, the grant will be used to build...

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Thank You Volunteers

On Saturday, November 16, 2013 Klehm hosted the yearly volunteer brunch to show appreciation to the numerous dedicated volunteers who spend countless hours contributing to Klehm’s success.  We are grateful for the tremendous volunteer effort it takes to maintain our...

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Help Klehm Meet the Grant Challenge

Securing Klehm’s Financial Future Raising Funds for the Bur Oak Endowment with the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Grant In 2013 the Klehm Arboretum Foundation (KAF) was chosen to participate in the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge Grant through the Community...

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Welcome Dan Riggs, Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden would like to welcome Dan Riggs as the new Executive Director for the arboretum. He brings with him over 33 years of experience in natural resource management, most recently with Rock Cut State Park. Dan's...

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