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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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

Little Wonders Classes
Ages 3-5 (with an adult chaperone)
Wednesday, November 15; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Plants on Your Thansgiving Plate
Wednesday, December 20; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-1:30 p.m. Ice: Where Does It Come From, Where Does It Go? Kids and their adult chaperones will 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: $5/child members, $8/child non-members with an adult chaperone. Registration required   

Nature Exploration Club CLASS IS FULL
Ages 6-12
Tuesdays, June 13-July 25 (6 sessions, no class on July 4); 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Discovery and exploration will be emphasized in this exciting program. Along with environmental themes, show-and-tell, and projects, participants will enjoy plenty of unstructured time in nature.
Fee for series: $100/members, $125/non-members.
Registration and prepayment required by June 6.

Winter Wilderness Camp
Ages 6-9: Thursday, December 28; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 9-13: Friday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Don’t spend your entire winter break inside!  Take a winter hike, learn how plants and animals survive the cold months, create winter art, and much more!  A lunch of hot dogs over the campfire and chicken noodle
soup will be served.  Dress for the weather, we WILL be outside!
Fee: $15/child members, $20/child non-members. 
Registration and payment required by Dec. 21.

Programs for All Ages

Family Nature Exploration Day
Saturdays, August 5 and October 7; 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 Program FULL
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.

Imagination Grove Fun Day
Tuesday, August 15; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
While Imagination Grove, our nature play area, is open daily, we have desinated these special days for you to meet other like-minded families that enjoy and appreciate nature-based play.  Stop out anytime between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and bring a nature item from home to trade at the Nature Trading Post: shells, nuts, rocks, or anything else you would like to trade.  We will supply lemonade and snacks, your bring energy and imagination!
Free, although a donation such as birdseed, sugar (for hummingbirds), or toilet paper would be appreciated.  See our website for complete wish list.  No registration required.

Programs for Adults

Adults Hiking Stick Workshop FULL
Saturday, November 11; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Show off your hiking style by creating your own hiking stick! We’ll supply the wooden staff and materials for you to personalize it. Whittle, carve, use wood-burning tools, and draw unique designs to make
it your own!  Or, consider making one as a one-of-a-kind gift for the adventurer in your life!
Fee: $15/members; $20/non-members.
Registration and payment required by November 3.