Winter Wellness Event

University of Illinois Extension and Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation have teamed up to offer a free winter wellness event. Come enjoy family fun for all ages with hands-on activity stations and presentations inside Singing Bird Nature Center, 1510 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL. Guests will be asked to wear a mask for all indoor activities. Here's what's planned:

Activity Stations:

  • Birds: Learn about Midwestern birds and what you can do to support their life cycle from Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers. Make a window cling to use at home to prevent bird collisions. 
  • Kids Create: 4-H will be offering hands-on nature crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a make and take bird feeder activity. Kids can also learn about winter weather and play with magic SNOW from Mercer County Ag Literacy!
  • Warm up with Soup and Hot Cocoa! Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed will offer free soup samples and hot cocoa. They will also have the recipes and many other nutrition and wellness handouts available.
  • Explore 8 Dimensions of Wellness: Wellness is multi-dimensional, including physical, financial, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, vocational, and intellectual. These dimensions should work in harmony to help achieve optimal health and well-being. Get information from IL Extension on this 8 Dimensions holistic health concept.
  • Winter Walk: Head outside and visit our winter wellness signs along the pathways between Singing Bird and Black Hawk State Historic Site for tips on ways to stay active and healthy.
  • Museum Visit: Visit the Hauberg Museum which tells the story of the Sauk and Meskwaki through interpretive maps, artifacts, and seasonal dioramas.

Presentation Schedule: Illinois Extension is offering three different presentations related to winter wellness inside Singing Bird Nature Center:

10:30 am – Explore Hygge Winter is a great time to embrace hygge - a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness with feelings of wellness and contentment. Learn more about the concept and how your health can benefit from having more hygge in your life from Anette Svendesberget, a Moline chiropractor who grew up practicing hygge in her hometown of Rena, Norway.
11 am - Nature and Wellness: Research shows spending time in nature is not only enjoyable - it has numerous health benefits! IL Extension horticulture educator Emily Swihart, will share findings on how interacting with nature can help sooth your body, mind and spirit.
The 9 am – Hand-Knitting Workshop is full and registration is closed.

Download a Winter Wellness Event flyer