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Ranger District - Home of Exploring and Learning For Life

Learning for Life is a classroom based educational supplement for schools which supports teachers with a curriculum including subjects such as making ethical decisions, dealing with peer pressure, and learning to say no to the temptation of drugs.

Visit our National Website at www.LearningForLife.orgExternal Link

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Career Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 14-20.

These programs provide an ideal link between the academic environment and the real world.


Poplar Grove Airport & Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum – Thursdays, 7-9p.m., blue hanger, 5151 Orth Rd., Suite A-1, Poplar Grove, IL.  Contact: Chuck Jansen at (815) 742-9714 or


UTC Aerospace, 4747 Harrison Ave., SW side entrance, Rockford, IL.  Contact: Nick Wlaznik at 815-226-6345 or


SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State St., Rockford, IL. Contact: Rebekah Hopper at 779-696-6542 or

Fire & Rescue:

Rockford Fire Department. – Contact: Investigator John McGee at 779.207.8219 or, or Randy James at 779-500-6536 or

North Boone Fire Department – Contact: Tim Davis at (815) 765-208 or

Law Enforcement:

Winnebago County Sherriff’s Department. Contact: Sgt. T. Stanley at 815-319-6010 or

Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Belvidere Police Department – Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., at the Public Safety Building, lower level, 615 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL, 61008. Contact: Officer Joe Danielak at 815-547-6374 or

Rockford Police Department, Public Safety Building, 420 W. State St., Rockford, IL.  Contacts: Sgt. Matthew Krantz at (815) 298-6780 or


Winnebago County Dental Association.  Contact: Catherine Baer-Mirza at 815 964-8713 or

Conservation/Outdoor Education:

Severson Dells and the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District. Contact: Ann Wasser at 815-335-2915 or

There is a yearly application fee for all programs.  Each program varies in a cost range of $33-$45.  For more information, contact Jared Carlin, 815.397.0210, [Click for member's page].

To research Career Exploring online, go to www.exploring.orgExternal Link