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Maple Sirup Experience Programs

Registration for Maple Sirup Experience Programs is officially OPEN!
We are pleased to continue to offer our various Maple Sirup Programs for students, scouts, groups, and the general public. The program provides a special opportunity for students to actively engage in the production of maple sirup as they explore its history from pre-settlement to current day through demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Every student will have the opportunity to tap a sugar maple tree and take home a small bottle of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup. For more information on these programs please see below.

For questions, email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or phone 309.874.2174

Program Options

Little Wonders: Little Tappers (for 3-5 yr olds)
Sirup for Scouts & Youth Groups
Homeschool Maple Sirup Experience Field Trips
Maple Sirup Experience School Field Trips
Maple Sirup Experience Tours for Individuals, Families, and Groups


Little Wonders: Little Tappers
Wednesday, February 15, 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

This program is designed especially for children 3-5 years with an adult chaperone. You can choose between three different program times. We will sing songs and make a craft while learning how to make maple sirup and listen to a fabulous sirup story. Then, each child will get a turn at tree tapping and to taste the real thing! While the majority of the program will be held indoors, we will be outside for tree tapping, so please dress for the weather.
To register online, click HERE
Fee: $5/child members, $8/child non-members


Sirup for Scouts & Youth Groups
Saturday, February 25, 2017; 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Attention leaders of scout troops and other youth organizations!  Your group is invited to join in on the maple sirup fun at Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funks Grove!  Learn how sap becomes sirup and take part in the process from tapping to tasting! 

You may register your entire group on one form or group members may register separately.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis and will be complete only when both the form and payment have been received.  Groups registering individually run the risk of having some make it in while others do not. If registering as a group, a confirmation will be sent only to the name on this form. It will be the leader’s responsibility to convey the information to the other participants.  Please remember to dress for the weather, as a major portion of the program will be outdoors. If you have questions, call 309.874.2174 or email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.  Fees are non-refundable unless the program is cancelled.
Fee: $7/youth (3 and over); $5/Group Leaders & Parents.
To register online, click HERE
To register by mail, click
HERE and mail in your completed form with payment

Homeschool Maple Sirup Experience Field Trips
Tuesday, February 21, Wednesday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 28.

Sugar Grove Nature Center is pleased to continue offering the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience for homeschooling families and invites you to take part in this unique educational experience. 

Due to the seasonality of this topic, there are a limited number of days available to offer this program.  Tuesday, February 21st, Wednesday, February 22nd, and Tuesday, February 28 have been reserved for homeschooled students.  The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m.  Upon receipt of your registration we will send confirmation and further details.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to email info@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309.874.2174.
Participants are expected to participate in the entire program (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Each student will receive one sampler bottle of maple sirup. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to attend the program on the same day as another family it is your responsibility to coordinate this effort. Refunds will only be given if the program is cancelled due to the weather. It is to your benefit to submit the registration form as soon as possible.
Program fee is $7 per student (ages 3 and up) and $5 per adult.
Registration form and fees must be received by February 10, 2017.
To register online, click HERE

To register by mail, click HERE and mail in your completed form with payment

2017 Maple Sirup Experience School Field Trips

Due to the seasonality of this topic, there are a limited number of days available to offer this program.  Please be certain of your decision to participate before submitting the registration form and fees.  Days will be reserved in the order that requests are received.  This year school field trips are being offered on Thursday, February 23; Friday, February 24; Wednesday, March 1; and Thursday, March 2.

A $100 deposit is required upon registration.  The balance is due the day of your visit.  If you wish, you can pay the entire amount due when you submit your registration form. If you have questions, do not hesitate to email angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309.874.2174.  Once your registration is confirmed we will send a packet containing details to assist you in preparing for your visit and confirming your date.  All forms and fees must be received by February 10, 2017.

Maximum number of students per day is 120. Program fee is $7 per student. We require one adult for every 8 students. Teachers and chaperones, totaling up to one per 8 students, are free. Every additional adult is $5. $100 deposit required with registration. Each student will receive one sampler bottle of maple sirup. Children other than students (i.e., siblings) are not permitted. The program is four hours in length. Please designate your desired arrival and departure times (totaling 4 hours). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make check/money order payable to Sugar Grove Nature Center. If you wish to pay by credit card, contact Angela Funk by emailing angela@sugargrovenaturecenter.org. Refunds will only be given if school is cancelled due to the weather. It is to your benefit to return the registration form as soon as possible
To register click HERE and mail in your completed form with payment


Funks Grove Maple Sirup Public Experience Tours
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Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Tours Begin at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

It’s the time of year when buckets decorate the sugar maples throughout Funks Grove.  Have you ever tasted ‘sweet water’ dripping from a spile?  Here’s your chance!  Join us for the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience at Sugar Grove Nature Center on Saturday, March 4th, 2017.

Gather around the fire at the sirup camp to learn how the Native Americans and early settlers collected and prepared sap.  Visit the sugar shack where the smell of maple sirup hangs in the air.  Journey into the sugarbush to tap a tree.  Stop inside the Nature Center to sample a variety of sweet treats made with maple sirup including candy, cookies, veggies, fudge, and more!

Tours last approximately 2½ hours and begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., Noon, and 2:30 p.m.  Tour size is limited and advanced registration is required. Dress for the weather, as you will be outside for a major portion of the program.   

This program is suitable for adults, children, and other interested groups.
Fee: Members: $5/adult, $3/child; Non-Members: $7/adult, $5/child.

Fees are non-refundable unless the program is cancelled.
To register, please click HERE