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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August 27,2016






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Have a Wild Birthday Party at Sugar Grove Nature Center!!!

Sugar Grove Nature Center is a great place to host a birthday party!  We provide the space, tables, and exciting nature program.  You provide the cake, party favors, and kids!

Reserve the classroom or picnic shelter for three hours---this allows ample time for setup and cleanup as well as time to eat cake, open gifts, play games, and participate in an hour of “wild” activities led by our environmental educator.  Choose from a wide variety of age appropriate parties.  Our staff will present hands-on, educational activities and projects that highlight the nature of Funks Grove!

Programs include time for party participants to explore the visitor center.  Most programs include a nature hike.  For a small additional fee we can include a nature craft too!

A birthday celebration at Sugar Grove Nature Center is sure to be an unforgettable experience for your child and their friends!

Party Themes

Maple Sirup! (February & March Only)

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Totally Turtles

Imagination Grove Exploration

Incredible Insects (June-September Only)

Meet the Critters

Campfire Party


Something to consider:
We were thrilled when one of the children having their party at the nature center told their parents that instead of her friends bringing her presents, she wanted them to bring presents for the nature center, specifically bird seed to keep our feeders full.  What a wonderful and generous gesture for a six-year-old!

Party Particulars…

Fee is $60/members, $85/non-members for up to 15 party participants.

There is a $5 fee for each additional participant.

Maximum group size is 20 for ages 4-6 and 25 for ages 7 and up.

Be sure to tell your guests to dress appropriately for nature exploration…no sandals please.

Balloons are not allowed on site due to the danger they pose to wildlife if they “escape.”

We request that if you use disposable products such as plates and cups, you bring paper products (no styrofoam).  Reusable dishes and utensils are encouraged.

We’ll party rain or shine!


Call 309.874.2174 or Email jill@sugargrovenaturecenter.org
to reserve your preferred party date today!