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Program Registration

Some programs below 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 at 309-874-2174 or email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org
for more information or to check availability after the registration deadline.

To Register for a program, please click the program title!

Programs for Kids

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.


Programs for Adults

Become A Blacksmith
Saturday, September 15; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 16 and up.
Fee: $50/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, $60/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included. Space is limited. Registration and prepayment required one week prior to class.

If you have ever thought about trying your hand at pounding, bending, and twisting metal, this one-of-a-kind program is for you! In this hands-on program, you will work side-by-side with a blacksmith who will give you guidance and encouragement every step of the way. By the end of the day, you will have one or two small completed projects to take home.

Participants are asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes, please. NO clothing or shoes with nylon or other flammable materials, such as some athletic shoes. Safety glasses must be worn and will be provided if needed. Click here to register, for additional information about the class, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.