I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~ John Muir, 1913
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Welcome to Sugar Grove Nature Center
in Historic Funks Grove

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Autumn Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission only $5/person, 3 years & under, free!
There is a small fee for some activities.
Members are invited to pick up 4 free activity tickets at the membership table


The sound of leaves crunching under your feet, a refreshing chill in the air, and the unmistakable aroma of fall leaves… it must be time for Sugar Grove Nature Center’s Autumn Celebration!

Visit our pumpkin patch and choose your favorite to take home and carve or stop by and decorate it at the pumpkin salon!  Enjoy fall color walks, a scarecrow factory, and entertainment with an autumn theme.  Children will delight in old-fashioned fun like bobbing for apples and pumpkin bowling.  Step back in time to visit a 1750’s trading post and frontiersman’s camp, and meet other historical reenactors.

Explore booths featuring handmade, nature-inspired items. Watch the Illinois Valley Blacksmith’s and Central Illinois Woodturners demonstrate their skills.  Indulge in seasonal favorites like apple cider and caramel apples.  Roast marshmallows at the campfire, tour the Sugar Grove Observatory, and explore over 7 miles of hiking trails on a delightful autumn day. Guests will also enjoy live music on-state during the event!


Sugar Grove Nature Center Mission
The mission of Sugar Grove Nature Center is to provide a place where individuals can experience, study, and enjoy the environment and history of Funks Grove, and as a result be inspired to become responsible stewards of the environment.

Nature Center Admission
Free! Donations greatly appreciated!

Group Policy

ALL GROUPS of 10 or more people will be charged $1.50 per person and MUST schedule their visit prior to arrival.

Who Are You?
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in Funks Grove among over 1,000 acres of high quality natural area, most of which are protected as registered Illinois Land & Water Reserves or dedicated Illinois Nature Preserves. Funks Grove is the largest remaining intact prairie grove in the state of Illinois and portions have been designated a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior. Over seven miles of trails take visitors through prairie and woodland habitats. A trail from the Nature Center leads to the Funks Grove Church, Cemetery, and Chapel of the Templed Trees. Pets are welcome on most trails, but must be leashed and remain on the trail at all times.

Other Site Features
A picnic shelter, astronomy observatory, working blacksmith forge, variety of gardens, and many other features help to make Sugar Grove Nature Center a beautiful and unique place. 

Please visit us soon!