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Experience Nature on the Klehm Express

Available for pre-registered group tours
One of the most popular ways to make your visit memorable is to take a narrated tour aboard the Klehm Express shuttle. Tours last half an hour and take you through almost two miles of paved paths. The shuttle comfortably seats 10-12 passengers. Call our office at (815) 965-8146 for group tour information.

$30 tour + daily admission.

For more information or to schedule a tour, Contact Mary Pat Muzzarelli at (815) 965-8146 or by emailing Mary Pat.

Self Guided Tours

All year long it’s easy to enjoy Klehm while walking on our cleared and paved East Loop path and traversing our woodland trails that are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Don’t forget… your canine friends are welcome, too.

Visitors are invited to enjoy walking tours through our gardens and arboretum. Pick up a trail guide and Interpretive Tour at the Visitors Center. The Interpretive Tour details 23 points of interest around the 1.8 mile paved walking trail.

Explore 1.8 miles of paved paths in two loops and 2.5 miles of unpaved trails leading you through the heart of the Arboretum. A leisurely walk takes approximately 1-1/2 hours.

The East Loop

The East Loop contains garden collections including a Hosta Garden, Peony Garden, Rhododendron & Azalea Garden, Contemporary Perennial Garden, Grass Garden, Prehistoric Garden and five Demonstration Gardens. The Demonstration Gardens include a Butterfly Garden, Vegetable Garden, Daylily Garden and two other theme gardens.

A Longer Walk—The West Loop

The longer West Loop highlights the tree collections that make us a true Arboretum. Just a few of the trees you will see include buckeyes, larch, maples, beech, firs, spruce, oaks, pines and many more exotic and unusual trees. There are also several chipped paths throughout the West & East loops that will lead you to the more remote portions of the Arboretum property.

No matter the season, Klehm is a great place to witness nature’s beauty, observe wildlife and spend relaxing time out of doors.

Student and School Tours

Klehm welcomes kids and students of all ages to tour the arboretum for $3 per student. One chaperone per 8 students is free; additional chaperones are $3 each. For groups of 15 or more please call two weeks in advance to schedule a tour. Currently, we only offer self-guided tours for student and school tours. Self-Guided Backpack Tour Information.

Hours & Location

2715 S. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61102

Open Monday – Saturday
9am – 4pm
Closed Sundays thru Feb.

(815) 965-8146
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Contact Mary Pat at 815-965-8146 or [email protected]  Please schedule 2 weeks in advance.

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