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
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Pollination Celebration

Saturday, September 2

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Upcoming Programs for All Ages

For those programs requiring 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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Family Nature Exploration Day

Saturdays, August 5; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bring your family out at any time throughout the day.  Create a fun make-and-take craft, take a guided hike at 11:00 a.m., and don’t miss the feeding of the turtles, snakes, and other critters at 1:00 p.m. 
Free.  No registration required.


Tuesday Night Trail Runs

Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. through October 24th, 2017
Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove invites you to venture out to enjoy the trails or roads on Tuesday evenings.  The usual trail route is 5 miles, and is well marked.  Easy-to-follow road routes of 4 or 7 miles are also an option.  Don’t miss the post run party in the corn crib!  Refuel and refresh while socializing with others.  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.

Family Campfire & S’mores Programs
Sunday, November 19; 2:00-3:30 p.m.:  Plants on Your Thanksgiving Plate
Connect with other nature-loving families for a relaxed evening of discovery, play, and best of all, s’mores!  After a program on the given topic, participants will have the opportunity to create a fun craft, then head out to the campfire for a tasty treat.
Fee: Free/members; $5/person non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required.

Acoustic Irish Music Jam Session

Saturdays, October 21, November 18,
& December 16; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Acoustic musicians of all levels are invited to join an Irish-music jam session!  Bring your instrument or just enjoy the music! For more details, email mtyner@iwu.edu.
Free.  No registration required.

Blacksmith Demonstrations
Saturdays, October 21, November 18,
& December 16; 10:00 a.m.-noon
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.
Free.  No registration required.

Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Session: The Andromeda Galaxy
Saturday, October 14; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the last Viewing Session of 2017!  Explore the Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light years from Earth. It is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way.  A 20-30 minute presentation 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 Observatories will be available.  Active rain, however, will cause a cancellation of the event.  When uncertain if a session has been
cancelled, check for updates on Facebook (Twin City Amateur Astronomers - TCAA) or twitter (@tc_astro).  For more information, visit www.tcaa.us.
Free.  No registration required.