Birding Winnebago County

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Location Information

Carl & Lois Klehm Forest Preserve is the site of a world class arboretum and botanic garden. The Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden operates many educational programs and events for the public throughout the year. Attractions include a botanical education center, a children’s garden, fountains and a wide variety of native and exotic trees and plants.
Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden
2715 South Main St
Rockford, Illinois
(815) 965-8146

Species & Habitat

Signature bird & wildlife: This is one of the most rewarding sopts to visit in the winter. The dense and varied vegetation provides good wintering habitat for Hermit Thrushes, White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Abundant crabapple trees support flocks of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings and the birds of prey that hunt them: Cooper's and Sharpshinned Hawks. A wide variety of evergreens sometimes hosts Red-breasted Nuthatches and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Birch trees can hold flocks of Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls.
Rare bird & wildlife: Humming Birds
Habitats: Forest and Gardens

Site Access Information

Admission Charges: $6 for adults for children
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 to October 31 Winter: call for hours (815-965-8146)
Seasonality of site: Preserve properties open to public for year round use - some roads or gates not accessable or open in winter months for vehicle travel.
Site Restrictions: Dog walking (on leash) is welcomed here. Many events, including weddings and concerts, are scheduled through the year (less in winter), but birders can usually find quiet areas with undisturbed bird activity year-round.Other site restrictions may apply, as per the Forest Preserves General Use Ordinance and Regulations (see District Web Site)

Site Assessment Information

Amenities: parking areas, restrooms, drinking fountain, visitors center, gift shop/book store, handicap accessible
Other: Library and Meeting Rooms


Other: Paved trails and mowed hiking trails


Directions: 2715 S. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61102

Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located on South Main in Rockford, south of Michigan Avenue, north of Harrison Avenue.

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