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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Winter

(Ages 6-12)

Friday, January 2

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Upcoming Programs for All Ages

Your interest may be the deciding factor to run a program!  Most programs require advanced registration. Click HERE for a program registration form.  Please try to register at least 7 days in advance.  Waiting until the last minute may result in a program being canceled due to low enrollment or missing out because it is full. Please register for classes by sending in a registration form, calling 309.874.2174 or emailing register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Family Nature Exploration Day
Saturday, October 4; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 6; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Free; no registration required.
Bring the family out for a day of fun at the Nature Center! A guided hike will take place at 11:00 a.m., stop inside to create a make-and-take craft at any time, and don’t miss the feeding of the turtles and snakes at 1:00 p.m.!

Nature Center Closed
In preparation for Autumn Celebration, the Nature Center Building will be closed Wednesday, October 15 through Friday, October 17.

Autumn Celebration
Saturday, October 18; 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fee: $3/person admission; no registration required.
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Twin City Amateur Astronomers: Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing
Thursday, October 23; beginning at 4:30 p.m., see description.
Free, no registration required.
The Twin City Amateur Astronomers will host an observation of a partial solar eclipse to be held in the remote parking lot, just north of Sugar Grove Nature Center. The club will have a number of safe observing methods available, using telescopes and other instruments. The eclipse will begin about 4:49 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occuring at about 5:46 p.m. At this time, the moon will cover about 41% of the sun’s diameter. We should also be able to see Venus. Participants are welcome to come anytime during this event. For more information, visit www.tcaa.us. We will plan to have this event unless the sun is not visible due to clouds or rain.

Campfire & S’mores Program: Skeletons and Exoskeletons!
Friday, October 24; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free/members; $5/person non-members; registration required.
Explore animals’ bodies, both inside and out! Learn the difference between bones and exoskeletons and figure out which goes with different animals. After a fun craft, participants will head out to the campfire ring for s’mores!

Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Session: The Andromeda Galaxy
Saturday, October 25; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Free; no registration required.
Don’t miss the last Public Viewing Session of the year! The Milky Way’s nearest neighbor in space is so vast a spiral galaxy that it can be found with the unaided eye among the stars of the constellation Andromeda if you know where and how to look. A 20-30 minute presentation on the featured topic will be followed by a sky tour using a laser pointer and telescope observing. Programs will be held even in the event of an overcast sky. The presentation will be given and tours of the Sugar Grove Observatory will be available.  Active rain, however, will cause a cancellation of the event. Phone Carl at 309.830.4085 or Lee at 309.824.2804 to confirm if you are unsure. For additional information, visit www.tcaa.us.

Winter Nature Center Building Hours Begin
From November 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, the Sugar Grove Nature Center Building will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and will be closed on Sunday and Monday. The grounds, trails, and Imagination Grove will remain open daily from dawn until dusk.

Campfire & S’mores Program: Birds of Prey
Friday, November 7; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free/members; $5/person non-members; registration required.
The puppets have landed! Joy Schuler is flying in with bird of prey puppets to help us learn all about raptors, from their beaks to their tails! After a fun craft, participants will head out to the campfire ring for s’mores!

Blacksmith Demonstrations
Saturday, November 15; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Saturday, December 20; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Free; no registration required.
The public is invited to observe members of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith’s Association as they work at the forge across the parking lot from the Nature Center.

Acoustic Irish Music Jam Session
Saturday, November 15; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Saturday, December 20; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Free; no registration required.
Acoustic musicians of all levels are invited to join an Irish-music jam session at the Nature Center. For more details, contact Martha Tyner at mtyner@iwu.edu.

Nature Center Closed
The Nature Center Building will be closed:
Thursday, November 27-Saturday, November 29
Monday, December 22-Saturday, December 27
Thursday, January 1
The grounds, trails, and Imagination Grove will remain open during this time. Happy Holidays!