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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Tuesday Night Trail Runs
Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. from March 13 through October 30, 2017
Venture out to enjoy the trails or roads on Tuesday evenings. The usual trail route is 5 miles. Easy-to-follow road routes of 4 or 7 miles are also an option. Snacks and water are provided, and you are encouraged to bring other beverages. Make it an adventure to look forward to each week! 
Fee: Free, donations appreciated. No registration required. Children are welcome with an adult.

Become A Blacksmith
Saturday, September 15; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 16 and up.
Fee: $50/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, $60/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included. Space is limited. Registration and prepayment required one week prior to class.


If you have ever thought about trying your hand at pounding, bending, and twisting metal, this one-of-a-kind program is for you! 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.

Participants are asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes, please. NO clothing or shoes with nylon or other flammable materials, such as some athletic shoes. Safety glasses must be worn and will be provided if needed. Click here to register, for additional information about the class, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.