Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Torstenson Center Open House for Youth Set for August 2

SPRINGFIELD, IL – For those in northern Illinois, the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center may be a best-kept secret among outdoors enthusiasts. To highlight this 750-acre hub of youth conservation activities, the Illinois Conservation Foundation is hosting a free open house from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2. 

“Not enough families know about the programs and resources that the Torstenson Center offers,” said Wayne Rosenthal, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director and ICF Chairman.  “They’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the range of educational activities available to them when we open this beautiful property up to the public.”

Attendees are welcome to come with children and families to take part in conservation-related activities and events.  Children will get a chance for hands-on experiences with archery, crafts, and mammal identification with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police trailer.  They’ll also get to learn about pollinators and outdoors activities, as well as wildlife brought to the event from the Hoo Haven Wildlife Refuge.  

Additional organizations that will be on-site include the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and more.  In addition to scheduled events, the ICF is also offering tours of the full property to see the new catch-and-release fishing pond, the beautiful 11,000 square-foot log cabin and archery range.

“This is a great opportunity to visit several organizations that share a similar mission,” said Eric Schmidt, ICF Executive Director.  “We’re all inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders, and this is a chance to turn ‘screen time into green time’ for area children.”

This event will occur rain or shine, and food will be provided in return for donations to the ICF and Torstenson Center.  The Torstenson Center is located at 13735 Cook Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063.

For more information, please visit or call (217) 785-2003.