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 Kids

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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Ages 3-5

Little Wonders
Ages 3-5 with an adult chaperone
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
These are single session classes. Take one or take them all!
April 18: Have a Hoppy Day with Frogs & Toads
May 16: Silly Slimy Snails
June 20: Beautiful Butterflies
July 18: Little Nature Center on the Prairie
August 15: Spectacular Spiders

Discover the wonders of nature in these hands-on, interactive classes. A snack will accompany story time and a fun craft will be created.
Fee: $8/child members, $10/child non-members with an adult chaperone. Registration and payment required the Sunday prior to the program.

Ages 6-12

Exploring Nature
Ages 6-9, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., single session classes
Ages 9-12, Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., single session classes

These are single session classes. Take one or take them all!
June 5: Food Chains
June 12: Butterflies
June 19: Camouflage
July 3: Nature’s Superheroes

An exciting nature-related topic will be explored each session, along with creative crafts and hands-on activities.
Fee: $12/child members per session, $16/child non-members per session. Registration and payment required one week prior to the program.

Junior Birding Club
Ages 6-9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, July 10-31, (4 sessions)
Explore the fascinating world of birds and meet other kids with an interest in nature while beginning or building upon your bird watching skills. This is just a sampling of topics that will be covered: identification, bird calls, phyical characteristics, behavior, and bird journaling.
Fee: $50/child members for series, $65/child non-members for series. Registration and payment required by July 3.

Nature Fun Club
Ages 6-12
Thursdays, June 14-July 19 (6 sessions); 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Discovery and exploration will be emphasized in this exciting program. Along with environmental themes, hikes, and projects, participants will enjoy plenty of time in Imagination Grove, where they can get dirty, play in the creek, create their own games, and explore nature!
Fee for series: $100/members, $125/non-members. Registration and prepayment required by June 7.

Creek Stomp
Ages 6-9; Thursday, July 26; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12; Friday, July 27; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
Kids will love getting wet and muddy as they explore the banks and depths of a nearby creek!  Learn about some of the creatures we might encounter, then head out to creek to see what we can find!
Fee: $25/child members, $30/child non-members. Registration and prepayment required by July 19.

Art for Kids

The Art of Animals at Miller Park Zoo: Animal Eyes
Ages: 10-18
Friday, July 6; 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Science meets art in this collaboration by Miller Park Zoo and Sugar Grove Nature Center. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. And when drawing animals, eyes are an important feature, as every species’ eyes are unique and distinct. Using live animals as models, we will examine different eyes, learning how they work and exploring techniques to draw them. Class will take place at Miller Park Zoo and all materials will be provided.
Fee: $20/ Sugar Grove Nature Center or Miller Park Zoo member;

Youth Nature Photography Workshop
Ages 10-16;
Wednesday, July 11; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Explore the art of nature photography with John Tobias!  Learn to use the features of your camera while creating gorgeous photographs of the natural world.  Bring a digital camera with fully charged batteries (or extra batteries), and a memory card that can hold up to 100 images.  No cell phone cameras, please. You will spend some time outdoors, so dress for the weather.
Fee: $15/members, $18/non-members. Registration and prepayment required by July 6.