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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Hummingbird Festival
Pollination Celebration

Saturday, September 2

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Welcome to Sugar Grove Nature Center
in Historic Funks Grove

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.

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!