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Klehm is Northern Illinois’ top outdoor destination for families.

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Garden Fair Weekend 2024

Garden Fair Weekend 2024

Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd, 2024

Experience a wide variety of plants, flowers, garden décor, art, educational information booths and more! Listen to live music performances in our Fountain Garden while enjoying a meal from local food truck vendors.

Smithsonian’s Habitat: Protecting Habitats Protects Life

Smithsonian’s Habitat: Protecting Habitats Protects Life

Saturday, June 8th – Sunday, September 8th, 2024

Habitat explores the stories and science of habitats, and the plants, animals, and humans that call them home. The exhibition features 14 different outdoor displays, sculptures and other interactive features throughout Klehm’s grounds and gardens.

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What Can I Experience at Klehm?

As one of Rockford, Illinois’ top outdoor family-friendly destinations, there’s something for everyone. Our 155 acres of woodlands and botanical gardens feature a children’s garden, 1.4 miles of paved paths, 3 miles of wooded trails and much more!

Nancy Olson
Children’s Garden

Explore Kid’s Creek for interactive stream play and frolic through our splash pad! Enjoy different kid-friendly gardens, an observation tower and oversize play structures that invite children to experience nature in a playful setting.

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Specialty Gardens

provide a showcase for themed plantings of ornamental shrubs and trees as well as annual and perennial plants.

Garden
Pavillion

This spacious outdoor tented venue and landscaped patio is perfect for hosting wedding receptions as well as corporate and social functions.

Bradley & Georgann Gummow
Family Foundation

Entry Water Feature

This peaceful pond, rushing waterfall, and landscaped patio is the perfect spot for a moment of reflection during your visit.

Very beautiful grounds that are maintained very well. The main walking path is wide, paved, and easy to walk, so great for strollers or people with slight walking challenges. There are plenty of places to stop, sit, and reflect, which I really appreciate.
Connie Jo Holmes
Very beautiful grounds that are maintained very well. The main walking path is wide, paved, and easy to walk, so great for strollers or people with slight walking challenges. There are plenty of places to stop, sit, and reflect, which I really appreciate.
Connie Jo Holmes
Connie Jo Holmes
My family comes here at least twice a year to visit the children's garden and it never disappoints! It's always clean, the flowers and grounds are beautiful and the walks are always adventurous. Definitely recommend bringing a suit for the kiddos and maybe some cups if they play in the 'river' and splash ground. Nice covered gazebo w/picnic tables and lots of shaded areas.
Deanna Baily
My family comes here at least twice a year to visit the children's garden and it never disappoints! It's always clean, the flowers and grounds are beautiful and the walks are always adventurous. Definitely recommend bringing a suit for the kiddos and maybe some cups if they play in the 'river' and splash ground. Nice covered gazebo w/picnic tables and lots of shaded areas.
Deanna Bailey
Deanna Baily
Very nice place for a relaxing walk. A getaway for stress relief. Both easy paved walking paths and nature trails for those wanting to go adventuring. Well designed for both adults and children. There is a great wonderful entertainment and water park for kids. They also create themes for people to walk through. When we were there, the theme was Big Bugs. A great getaway. Enjoy!
Rick Noll
Very nice place for a relaxing walk. A getaway for stress relief. Both easy paved walking paths and nature trails for those wanting to go adventuring. Well designed for both adults and children. There is a great wonderful entertainment and water park for kids. They also create themes for people to walk through. When we were there, the theme was Big Bugs. A great getaway. Enjoy!
Rick Noll
Rick Noll
No matter your age Klehm has much to offer. The day we visited most recently areas were set for two late summer weddings and the weather was perfect. The display of sculptures was terrific this year. My grandsons love the children garden especially the water features. All of these things are great fun the peaceful beauty among such a huge variety of plants and trees. Well worth a visit.
Melody Welty
No matter your age Klehm has much to offer. The day we visited most recently areas were set for two late summer weddings and the weather was perfect. The display of sculptures was terrific this year. My grandsons love the children garden especially the water features. All of these things are great fun the peaceful beauty among such a huge variety of plants and trees. Well worth a visit.
Melody Welty
Melody Welty
I love this place. Sometimes on the trails I can forget that I'm in the middle of a 100k+ city. It is sufficiently forested to remove the bulk of the city noise and allow me to attune myself to sounds of nature. I can trek the trails for a couple of hours and not walk the entirety of the grounds. I would definitely recommend going in the fall and the spring. Nature's fireworks are on full display during these seasons. Consider buying a membership if you like places like these. Restrooms: Very clean and well maintained. Dog-friendliness: Very popular place to walk one's dog. Everyone seems to be very courteous with dogs on leashes and cleaning up after their pets.
Joshua Blackwell
I love this place. Sometimes on the trails I can forget that I'm in the middle of a 100k+ city. It is sufficiently forested to remove the bulk of the city noise and allow me to attune myself to sounds of nature. I can trek the trails for a couple of hours and not walk the entirety of the grounds. I would definitely recommend going in the fall and the spring. Nature's fireworks are on full display during these seasons. Consider buying a membership if you like places like these. Restrooms: Very clean and well maintained. Dog-friendliness: Very popular place to walk one's dog. Everyone seems to be very courteous with dogs on leashes and cleaning up after their pets.
Joshua Blackwell
Joshua Blackwell
This is a wonderful place in Rockford, IL! The admission fee is very reasonable. You can bring young children for the splash park and creek. Our party had 2 4 year olds that played for more than an hour, took a break for lunch and rest room breaks and then went back to play some more. The only reason I didn't choose 5 stars is because there is so much more park to see, I want to reserve the 5th star for my next visit.
Barbara J. Arnold
This is a wonderful place in Rockford, IL! The admission fee is very reasonable. You can bring young children for the splash park and creek. Our party had 2 4 year olds that played for more than an hour, took a break for lunch and rest room breaks and then went back to play some more. The only reason I didn't choose 5 stars is because there is so much more park to see, I want to reserve the 5th star for my next visit.
Barbara J. Arnold
Barbara J. Arnold
There are endless beautiful things to see. You can choose paved or natural paths.
Kristine Maynard
There are endless beautiful things to see. You can choose paved or natural paths.
Kristine Maynard
Kristine Maynard
Very beautiful. Nature at it's best. Tons of flowers, plants and trees. Many unique tree varieties and many are labeled. The main paths are wide and paved and there are more narrow paths that cut through the wooden areas. We brought our dog and had a great time.
Ken Witz
Very beautiful. Nature at it's best. Tons of flowers, plants and trees. Many unique tree varieties and many are labeled. The main paths are wide and paved and there are more narrow paths that cut through the wooden areas. We brought our dog and had a great time.
Ken Witz
Ken Witz
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It's prime time for peonies! ☀☀☀

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Its prime time for peonies! ☀☀☀

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I have peonies down both side of my driveway

So beautiful 🌸🌺

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It's almost time for Garden Fair 2024! In preparation for the weekend, we will be closed to the public on Friday, May 31st 🙂

#FYI #garden #fair #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois
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Its almost time for Garden Fair 2024! In preparation for the weekend, we will be closed to the public on Friday, May 31st 🙂

#FYI #garden #fair #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois

Keys, field guides, and identification (ID) books can be invaluable tools when encountering unfamiliar plants or animals in nature—provided you have them with you!

Join Education & Programming Coordinator Elly for an engaging class on utilizing the best plant and animal ID apps available for your phone. We’ll begin indoors with a brief introduction to these apps and how they are used before heading outside for hands-on practice.

For details and to register, please go to: klehm.org/plant-animal-id-app-intro/

#plantid #animalid #apps #classes #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois
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Keys, field guides, and identification (ID) books can be invaluable tools when encountering unfamiliar plants or animals in nature—provided you have them with you!

Join Education & Programming Coordinator Elly for an engaging class on utilizing the best plant and animal ID apps available for your phone. We’ll begin indoors with a brief introduction to these apps and how they are used before heading outside for hands-on practice.

For details and to register, please go to: https://klehm.org/plant-animal-id-app-intro/

#plantid #animalid #apps #classes #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois

We have new art! The Plein Air Painters of Rockford delivered another beautiful collection of artwork for our Visitor's Center! These photos don't do them justice - be sure to take a look before or after your next walk. Thank you to all of the artists for sharing your work ❤ These make our Visitor's Center so inviting!

#pleinair #comeandsee #art #klehmareboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois
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We have new art! The Plein Air Painters of Rockford delivered another beautiful collection of artwork for our Visitors Center! These photos dont do them justice - be sure to take a look before or after your next walk. Thank you to all of the artists for sharing your work ❤ These make our Visitors Center so inviting!

#pleinair #comeandsee #art #klehmareboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinoisImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
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