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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Special arrangements have been made with the creatures of Funks Grove to deliver wishlists to Santa!

Visit the mailbox on Imagination Grove Trail from now until
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Upcoming Programs for Adults

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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Winter Tree Identification Workshop FULL
Thursday, January 11; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Can you identify trees by their leaves? What about whithout their leaves? Identifying trees in winter can be a real challenge. Join Debbie Fluegel, Certified Arborist and Trees Forever Program Manager, for a Winter Tree ID workshop. Elizabeth Burns from the United States Department of Agriculture APHIS Program will also be here to share information on forestry health in Illinios. This workshop is an in-depth training to learn basic plant morphology, characteristics, and terminology and studying twig speciments in an interactive format. We will then move outdoors to explore Funks Grove and practice identifying trees by putting your new skills to work.
Fee: $20 Nature Center and Trees Forever members; $25 non-members
Registration and payment required by January 7.

A Toast to Nature: Snowshoes & Schnapps
Sunday, January 14; 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Ages 21 and up.
Don’t let deep snow keep you from hiking and exploring the outdoors.
Discover snowshoeing! Dick Smith of WildCountry and Patti Koranda will
help you find a good fit then teach you to maneuver and float on the
snow. Most importantly, you will find out how much fun the snow can be!
Afterwards, warm up by the fire with hot apple cider plus cinnamon
schnapps or hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps, and plenty of
snacks! The use of snowshoes will be provided by WildCountry or bring
your own. No snow? No problem! Learn on the lawn so you’ll be prepared
for the next snowfall!
Fee: $20/members, $25/non-members.
Registration and payment required by January 5.

Winter Backyard Bird Watching Basics

Thursday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Winter brings many new birds to our backyards! Not sure what birds are visiting your feeders or need a refresher? Learn how to identify more than 30 winter residents and how to attract them. 
Fee: $10/members, $15/non-members. Registration and payment required by February 1

A Toast to Nature: Woodcocks & Wine  

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
These ground-nesting birds exhibit one of the most delightful courtship flights just before dawn and at dusk. Join us to learn more about this fascinating game bird that returns to fields, prairies, and pastures throughout central Illinois in mid-March, then head outside to (hopefully) spot them as they spiral toward the sky and fall to the ground. Bring your lawn chair, wine glass, and favorite wine if you like. We’ll also have some wines to sample from local wineries.
Fee: $20/members, $25/non-members.  Registration & payment required by March 15.
You must be 21 years old to attend this program.