Programs & Camps

Environmental Recreation and Education

Classes are offered year-round with offerings such as field science, outdoor living skills, archery, Native American studies, and a challenge course. The Atwood experience is residential, enabling youth and teens to learn about the night-time and daylight world, as well as creating lasting memories. Day programs are also available. We bring our program staff to you to sample outdoor recreation and education in a familiar setting.

Atwood's Environmental Recreation & Education program coordinates high-quality outdoor experiences with existing Illinois State Board of Education standards.
Bring your classroom for our popular residential program, which can be scheduled for 1-1/2, 2-1/2 (most popular), 4, or 5 days. Capacity is 75 students, grades K-12.

Call 815-874-7576 for more information.

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Atwood Wanderings

Rockford Park District's Atwood Center invites youth ages 6-12 for Atwood Wanderings activities on select Saturdays during the year.

Youth can enjoy experiencing and learning in a fun way about nature through the variety of three-hour morning or afternoon outdoor and indoor programs at the 325-acre Seth B. Atwood park.

Click the MyRPD Register Here button to see upcoming activities.


FreeLogo-CHiking Club

Come take a walk and explore nature with Environmental Recreation and Education (ERE) staff from the Rockford Park District on the second Tuesday of every month. This is a great opportunity for adults looking for some outdoor fun! Each 60-minute hike will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Locations are subject to change. Call 815-874-7576 to confirm. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

FreeLogo-CStewardship Saturdays

Seth B. Atwood Park is a diverse 334 acres complete with prairie, woodland, river, and wetlands. Each of these areas needs special attention, and you can help!

Join Environmental Recreation and Education (ERE) staff on select Saturdays and learn a little about one of these areas. After a brief lesson, we will put on our gloves and see how we can help maintain the second largest park in the Rockford Park District. Snacks will be provided. All ages welcome. Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of five or more, please call 815-874-7576 and let us know you’re coming!

FreeLogo-CIn the Outdoors

Be “In the Outdoors” all season long! Experience all that Seth B. Atwood Park has to offer during a FREE monthly series of activities that highlight different aspects of the park. Activites will include campfires and stargazing. For each activity you attend, you get a stamp in a passport book. If you attend five or more programs, you can pick a prize! Bring the entire family for a few hours of fun in nature.

Bunking with the Birds

Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep outside in a tree house? Now you can experience it by staying in the brand new Birds of Prey exhibit at the Atwood Center. Enjoy campfire meals and stay under the stars in this very unique exhibit. Program includes meals, guided hikes and a live Bird of Prey show; all you need to bring is yourself, sleeping bag and any personal items. Parents need to accompany their youth(s) on this one of a kind experience. Indoor restrooms are available and facility can be used in the case of inclement weather.


Summer Camps

Summer is made for camp! Camp is where your child can make life-long "best friends," explore new concepts, and be challenged and stretched. At the same time, camp is FUN, interesting, and exciting! At the Rockford Park District's day and resident camps, your child can have an extraordinary camp experience close to home, yet miles away from the ordinary.

Nature Quest logoNature Quest

Every week, Nature Quest offers an introductory camp experience with a different theme. Typical camp activities include outdoor cooking, archery, hiking, singing, games, crafts, and tie-dyeing. To add to the fun, there are weekly field trips, visits by special guests, and live animal demonstrations. Lunch will be provided daily. Plan on joining us each Wednesday for “Family Night,” and see for yourself how much fun your child had at Nature Quest!

Location: Aldeen Park


This program extension allows you to drop your child off between 7:30 and 8:30 am, and/or pick-up between 4:30 and 5:30 pm. You must enroll in the camp for the same week you wish to use the extended care option.


Camp Lone Oak logoCamp Lone Oak

Camp Lone Oak-Classic offers a residential camping experience at the Atwood Center inside of Atwood Park. We give campers the opportunity to make new friends through games, crafts, and other camp traditions, culminating with a Camp Dance and Family Night on Thursday night.


RPD Vision/ Mission

The Rockford Park District is the "best" urban park and recreation system in North America, as judged by those we serve.

Helping people enjoy life!

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