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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Upcoming Programs for Adults

Unless otherwise specified, programs require advanced registration and payment.  Space is limited.  Classes could be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline.  Please contact us for availability after the registration deadline has passed. 

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Leave That Willow Bee: Pollinators Need Trees and Shrubs, too!
Saturday, April 15 and Friday, May 12; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Information about pollinator habitat often focuses on blooming plants that pollinators rely on during the summer months. Join Debbie Fluegel, from Trees Forever, to learn how trees, shrubs, and associated woodland plants benefit from pollinators, particularly as food sources in early spring when pollinators begin to emerge and in the winter when plants can be incorporated into existing or new conservation plantings and start planning your plant purchases at the Illinois Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones Natuve Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Evergreen FS Building on Hershey in Bloomington. This presentationis for everyone who has an interest in providing habitat for pollinators including homeowners, farmers, acreage owners, and community members.
Fee: $10/member of Nature Center or Trees Forever; $15/non-members.
Registration and prepayment required.

Woodland Wildflower Walk
Sunday, April 23; 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a stroll through Funks Grove to discover the diversity of wildflowers that carpet the forest floor. Maximum of 20 people.
Fee: Free/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Wild Ones, $5/non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required by Friday, April 21

Backyard Bird Watching Basics II: Spring Into Birds
Tuesday, May 2; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Spring migrants are returning daily!  Whether you are just begging to identify birds or need to brush up on your ID skills, here is your chance.  We will review basic bird identification techniques and show you how to identify more than 25 common spring and summer birds! This program is co-sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon Society.
Fee: $10/members members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or John Wesley Powell Audubon Society, $15/non-members.  Registration and prepayment required by April 25.

A Toast to Nature: Bees, Mead, and Beer, Oh My!

Friday, May 19; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Honey bees make life enjoyable in many ways!  Join Central Illinois Beekeeping Association members, Tom Pankeon and Patti Koranda, to learn about the life of honeybees and how honey can be used to make mead and other beverages.  Participants will sample beverages made using honey and snack on light appetizers.
Fee: $15/members, $20/non-members.  You must be 21 or over to attend this program. 
Registration and prepayment required. 

Summer Solstice Celebration in the Herb Garden
Wednesday, June 21; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the longest day of the year!  Visit our herb garden to see what is growing.  Discover the holistic healing properties of essential oils and how these oils work to support a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Learn the ins and outs of using crystals to heal, strengthen, and promote healthy herbs.  Create an aromatic lavender wand to take home. Taste herbal teas, refreshing mojitos, and other tonics while you enjoy an assortment of light appetizers!  Learn, sample, sniff, and enjoy an enchanted summer evening in Funks Grove.  Finish off the evening by tossing fresh herbs in the bonfire to insure a prosperous harvest!
Fee: $20/members, $25/non-members.  Registration and prepayment required by June 14.  You must be 21 or over to attend this program.

Nature Camp for Grown-Ups!
Ages 18+
Why should kids get to have all of the fun?  Do you remember the fun you had at day camp as a kid?  Did you always want to go to camp, but didn’t have the opportunity?  Do you need an excuse to unplug and reconnect with nature? Experience, Explore, & Enjoy the nature of Funks Grove at these three Nature Camps designed for adults wanting to remember what it feels like to be a child without all the distractions of everyday life.  Each day will be filled with learning, hikes, activities, and, of course, a craft and snack!  See topics per date below:
Creek Discovery
Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bring your water shoes and be ready to get wet!  We’ll spend time in the creek collecting macroinvertebrates and learning about mussels.  RiverWatch leader, Debbie Fluegel, will immerse you in the wonder of aquatic wildlife.  Investigate through a microscope, learn about water quality, and explore Illinois’ amazing underwater diversity.
 Bird Bonanza
Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Members of the John Wesley Powell Audubon Society will be here to share their passion for the feathered inhabitants of Funks Grove.  Learn about the diversity of birds that nest here, how to use binoculars and a field guide, and about other local hot-spots to view birds.  We’ll hike to the heron rookery, visit with dicksissels, and ogle over orioles!
 Nature Camp at NIGHT!
Tuesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Enjoy dinner followed by evening activities and excursions to learn about the bugs, bats, and bizarre beings that come alive after the sun sets!  Then, the Twin City Amateur Astronomers will wow you with a tour of their observatories and some night sky viewing.
Fee: $30/session members, $40/session non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required one week prior to start date.