About Atwood Center
Historic Seth B. Atwood Park, commonly referred to as Atwood, encompasses woodland, prairie, river, and marsh habitats. It contains 334 acres of land with approximately one mile of the Kishwaukee River flowing through it. There are a variety of ecosystems, ranging from new forest growth to climax forests of oak, hickory, and walnut, from a marsh area to a large quarry, from a restored prairie to a dry creek bed where students and campers can look for fossils.
The park itself is open to the public 365 days a year, from morning until 10:00 p.m.
Atwood Center is climate-controlled and consists of a large dining area complete with a stone fireplace and beautiful views of the park, two classrooms, a nature display area, two bunk rooms, separate bathrooms and showers, and private teachers’ sleeping and bath quarters. Its overnight capacity is 79.
Atwood Center is open to the public every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a scheduled feeding time for the Birds of Prey at 1:00 pm.
Atwood Center serves as a visitor’s center, providing guests the opportunity to take self-guided hikes through Atwood Park, witness scheduled feeding times at the new Birds of Prey exhibit, and ask questions or interact with Birds of Prey volunteers and Atwood Center staff. These weekend activities will all be offered for free.
Atwood Center is also available for weekend retreats and offers two classrooms, meeting space with dormitories, and optional meal service. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve program dates.
Seth B. Atwood Park and Conservation Service Award
We are very pleased to announce that the Seth B. Atwood Park and Conservation Service Award will be presented this year at a 5:30 p.m. program on April 23, 2015 at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden.
The Atwood Award is named in honor of Seth B. Atwood, the late industrialist who preserved and donated more than 1,000 acres of valuable land for the citizens of Winnebago County. Thanks to Mr. Atwood, we can all enjoy the beauty that is found in Atwood Park along the Kishwaukee River and Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve beside the Rock River. He was a man of action and his deeds set an example for all to follow.
The Atwood Award is presented by the Rockford Park District and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. To date, 45 recipients have received this award which recognizes individuals and organizations for their exceptional volunteer contributions to facilities, programs or services which preserve natural areas and park spaces, provide recreation or education.
Nominate a deserving conservationist by completing and submitting the nomination form.