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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Upcoming Programs for Adults (16+)

Your interest may be the deciding factor to run a program!  Most programs require advanced registration.   Please try to register at least 7 days in advance.  Waiting until the last minute may result in a program being canceled due to low enrollment or missing out because it is full. Unless specified otherwise, please register for classes by calling 309.874.2174 or emailing register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Stewardship Work Days
Saturdays, April 11 & 25; May 9 & 23; 9:00-11:00 a.m.;
Saturdays, June 6 & 20; 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Free; no registration required for individuals.
Don Schmidt leads volunteers in a variety of stewardship activities every other Saturday.  Groups interested in helping must contact the Nature Center at least one week prior to the workday to determine whether the planned activity is suitable.

Growing Up Wild for Homeschool Parents & Educators Cancelled
Children’s Program, Ages 5+, During Workshop
Wednesday, April 22; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Fee: Growing Up Wild- $38, includes curriculum guide, resources, and snacks.  Child fee: $10/first child, additional children $8/each.  Bring lunch, families will eat together.  Registration and prepayment required.  Online and mail-in registration details can be found at www.sugargrovenaturecenter/register.html.  Registration deadline: April 17.
This workshop will feature fun, hands-on activities and ideas for infusing nature and wildlife into your homeschool curriculum with 3-7 year-olds.  Activities can also be adapted for older children.  BONUS…This workshop is specially designed for homeschooling families.  A special program will be presented to your children (ages 5+) while you are participating in the workshop.  Visit http://www.projectwild.org/growingupwild.htm for more information about Growing Up Wild.

Woodland Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 3; 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Fee: Free/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Wild Ones, $5/non-members.  Registration required.
Enjoy a stroll through Funks Grove to discover the diversity of woodland wildflowers that carpet the forest floor every spring on this guided hike.

Beekeeping Field Day
Saturday, May 9; 10:00-Noon or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $10/member; $12 non-member; ages 12 and up. Ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Registration and prepayment are required.  Online and mail-in registration details can be found at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org/register.html.

Join the ISU Beekeeping Club for a day discovering the ins and outs, literally, of a honey bee hive. This program is perfect for those interested in beekeeping or looking to advance their beekeeping skills.  Members of the club explore everything you need to know, including the hive, tools, frame assembly, foundation installation and more. Bring all of your honeybee questions!  Wildflower honey will be available for sampling.

Stick around from 3:15-4:15 p.m. as club members open the hives located at Sugar Grove Nature Center to see the inner workings first hand.  Bee suits will be available for use, and the signing of a liability waver is required to approach the hives.  There is no additional cost, but please indicate that you plan to attend this activity.  You must attend one of the earlier Beekeeping sessions prior to the hive opening.  

Each two-hour session will take place rain or shine, however unfavorable weather would cause the cancellation of the hive opening.

Stream Discovery Workshop For Formal and Informal Educators
Wednesday, July 22; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $60.  Lunch included, registration required.  Contact Matt Young, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, at 618.468.2784 for more information or to register.  Registration deadline: July 15.
The use of the stream as an outdoor classroom allows for in depth learning opportunities and helps create a new generation of water stewards.  The Stream Discovery program is an environmental education project that provides students in grades 5-12 with the unique hands-on opportunity to learn about water quality in their community by monitoring a local stream.  Water quality data are then uploaded to National Geographic’s FieldScope mapping & data platform for comparison with student data in other IL watersheds. 

Attendees will receive an introduction to the Stream Discovery Program and free materials, learn about macroinvertebrate biology, ecology and identification, and travel to a local stream for a field demonstration.