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Klehm is Northern Illinois’ top outdoor destination for families.

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Mark your calendar. There’s always something amazing happening at Klehm.

Create Your Own Mini Peace Pole

Create Your Own Mini Peace Pole

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Karla Lombardo of ArtbyKarla
will teach you how to make your very own colorful Peace Pole to add
creative flair to your garden.

Messages From Nature Tranquility Walk

Messages From Nature Tranquility Walk

Friday, March 22, 2024

Come, immerse yourself in nature, open your mind, pay attention to your heart, let your spirit dance in  the sky and return to you with almost forgotten truths.

Firewalk Tranquility Walk

Firewalk Tranquility Walk

Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Join us and be warmed by a fire as a part of this month’s special guided walk through the woods that focuses on breathing, using your senses, meditation, and reflection.

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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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Come on out to Klehm to learn how how to make your very own colorful Peace Pole to add creative flair to your garden with Karla Lombardo of ArtbyKarla! This class will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, from 10am-1pm. For more info and to register, please got to: klehm.org/create-your-own-mini-peace-pole/

#peace #springtime #gardenart #ArtbyKarla #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois
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Come on out to Klehm to learn how how to make your very own colorful Peace Pole to add creative flair to your garden with Karla Lombardo of ArtbyKarla! This class will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, from 10am-1pm. For more info and to register, please got to: https://klehm.org/create-your-own-mini-peace-pole/

#peace #springtime #gardenart #ArtbyKarla #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois

The Visitor's Center is looking GREAT after our new carpet installation! Pictured here is our Gift Shop, main office area and Library 😍 Our sincerest thanks toForest Preserves of Winnebago Countyounty for their continued investment in the facili#newcarpeta#outwiththeoldinwiththenewh#thankfuln#klehmarboretumretum ... See MoreSee Less

The Visitors Center is looking GREAT after our new carpet installation! Pictured here is our Gift Shop, main office area and Library 😍 Our sincerest thanks to the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County for their continued investment in the facility!

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Looks amazing!

How do you keep that clean in winter? Asking for a friend!

Great improvement!

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Ease into this night along with the rising of the moon. Open yourself to the wisdom and understanding that comes in many forms and from many sources...

Come out to Klehm on March 22nd for a guided walk through the woods that focuses on breathing, using your senses, meditation, and reflection. 🌙 Register soon as these tranquility walks book up quickly!

For more info and to register, visit: klehm.org/messages-from-nature-tranquility-walk/

#tranquility #nature #meditation #reflection #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois
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Ease into this night along with the rising of the moon. Open yourself to the wisdom and understanding that comes in many forms and from many sources... 

Come out to Klehm on March 22nd for a guided walk through the woods that focuses on breathing, using your senses, meditation, and reflection. 🌙 Register soon as these tranquility walks book up quickly!

For more info and to register, visit: https://klehm.org/messages-from-nature-tranquility-walk/

#Tranquility #nature #meditation #reflection #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois

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Leonard Narcaroti

As the photo says..."Thank you for being amazing!" To every individual who came out to Klehm today to help clean up the grounds and fill countless carts and truck beds with sticks and debris, a HUGE thank you! Your support to Klehm in this way is a beautiful gesture and we are filled with gratitude. There will be more volunteer opportunities to come, so stay tuned!

#thankyou #gratitude #volunteer #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinois
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As the photo says...Thank you for being amazing! To every individual who came out to Klehm today to help clean up the grounds and fill countless carts and truck beds with sticks and debris, a HUGE thank you! Your support to Klehm in this way is a beautiful gesture and we are filled with gratitude. There will be more volunteer opportunities to come, so stay tuned!

#thankyou #gratitude #volunteer #klehmarboretum #gorockford #enjoyillinoisImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment
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