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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Making a Difference

We are delighted that the Nature Center has become a special place for so many individuals and families! Thousands of people visit to participate in programs, special events, seasonal celebrations, or just to enjoy a walk with friends and family.  Schools from across central Illinois visit for field trip experiences and our partnerships with local Universities and Colleges provide education through on-site research and internship experiences.  Visitors from near and far stop in to enjoy our interpretive exhibits, live animals, and wildlife viewing room. 

Program fees and grants fund only a portion of our operation.  As a non-profit organization that receives no tax support, we rely on donations from our friends in the community for a significant portion of our budget.  Generosity from people like you will help us continue to offer quality programs, a warm and friendly facility, and beautiful grounds to explore. 

Our memberships start at $15 for individual Students and Seniors and $25 for Family Memberships. Each membership lasts a full year. Your support is essential!  If you have already renewed your membership for this year, Thank You! 

Members enjoy many benefits (see membership form for details below.) Sugar Grove Nature Center is a member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA), which in turn entitles our members to reciprocal benefits at other Nature Centers throughout the country. As a tax exempt, non-profit organization, all donations to the Sugar Grove Foundation are tax-deductible. Please consider becoming a member of Sugar Grove Nature Center today!

Every membership makes a difference. The Board of Directors, Nature Center Staff, and Volunteers appreciate your support. We look forward to providing nature enjoyment and environmental education opportunities for many years to come.

Submit Your Sugar Grove Nature Center Membership Information and Payment Online Here


Download a Sugar Grove Nature Center Membership Form (PDF) Here


ANCA Reciprocal Membership List (PDF)



If you are unable to download a membership form or ANCA Reciprocal List,
call 309.874.2174 or email info@sugargrovenaturecenter.org for assistance.