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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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.

Admission to the Nature Center
Free! Donations greatly appreciated!

Your tax-deductible contribution will help us do what we do best - provide quality, engaging programs, a warm friendly facility, and beautiful grounds to explore! Sugar Grove Foundation is a non-profit organization that recieves no tax support. Donations, memberships, program fees and private gifts are the lifeblood of our organization.

To make a donation online click the "Donate" button below


If your prefer to make a donation by check please make check payable to Sugar Grove Foundation
and mail it to:
Sugar Grove Nature Center
4532 N 725 East Road
McLean, IL 61754

Sugar Grove Nature Center is owned and maintained by the Sugar Grove Foundation.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization solely for the benefit of charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. (Sugar Grove Foundation Federal Tax ID# 37-1338932).  Therefore, your contribution is deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Group Policy

ALL GROUPS of 10 or more people will be charged $1.50 per person for a half day visit and $3.00 per person for a full day visit. Groups 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!