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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Experience Winter

(Ages 6-12)

Wed. December 30, 2015

10:00 am- 3:00 pm

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Upcoming Programs for Adults (16+)

Unless otherwise specified, programs require advanced registration and payment. 
Visit http://sugargrovenaturecenter.org/register.html to register and for more information. 
For questions, email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or phone 309.874.2174

ABC Run/Walk #112
Sunday, October 4; 8:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a gorgeous fall day by running or walking at this event coordinated by the ABC Runners (Adventures Benefitting Children). Choose from a 7 mile road or 5 mile trail route.  Shorter and longer options are also available.  Beverages and snacks will be provided. Bring something to share if you wish.
There is no fee, but donations to Heartland Head Start in any amount are encouraged.
No registration required.

Bugs & Brews
Friday, October 9; 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $10/person members, $12/person non-members.  Registration and payment required by Oct. 6.Enjoy some brews while looking and listening for bugs of the night!  Sheets and lights will be set up to attract moths and other nighttime creatures.  We’ll catch what we can, then come inside to identify our collection.  Must be 21 or over to attend this event.
Fee: $10/person members, $12/person non-members.  Registration and payment required by Oct. 6.

Stewardship Work Days
Saturdays, October 10 & 24; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, November 7 & 21; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, December 5 & 19; 9:00-11:00 a.m.

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.
Free.  No registration required.

Beginning Blacksmith Class
Ages 16 and over.
Saturday, October 17; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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.  For additional information about the class, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.  ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
Fee: $50/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, $60/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included.  Registration and payment required by Oct. 9.