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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A Toast to Nature: Turtles & Martinis, The Effect of Climate Change on Turtles
Ages 21+
Friday, July 21; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $10/members; $15/non-members
Using egg incubation treatments with simulated heat waves, Tony Breitenbach is examining the impact of climate change on embryonic development in turtles. He will discuss his research while we sip on turtle martinis*. Afterwards, snacks and lively discussion will be served!

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:

 Nature Camp at NIGHT!
Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Canceled
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.

Beginning Blacksmith Classes
Ages 16+
Saturday, September 16; 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Class FULL
Saturday, September 30; 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Class FULL

In this hands-on program, you will work side-by-side with a blacksmith who will give you guidance and encouragement every step of the way. By the end of the day, you will have one or two small completed projects to take home. The class will be offered twice in September. Choose between the 16th or the 30th.
Participants are asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes, please. Safety glasses must be worn and will be provided if needed.
Fee: $50/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacskmith Association,
$60/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included.
Registration and prepayment requried one week before the class date.