Upcoming Programs for Adults (16+)
Your interest may be the deciding factor to run a program! Most programs require advanced registration. Click HERE for a program registration form. 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. Please register for classes by calling 309.874.2174 or emailing email@example.com.
Nature Center Work Days
Friday, October 4; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, November 1; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Free, no registration required.
Work with Nature Center staff and volunteers to tackle exotic species eradication, tree planting, prairie management, trail work and so much more. Join an enthusiastic crew of individuals for a morning surrounded by nature and make a difference in the health and biodiversity of an amazing natural area. Bring along a lunch if you like and we'll celebrate our accomplishments and socialize a bit after the work is done.
Free, no registration required.
ABC Run/Walk #90
Sunday, October 6, 8:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:30)
The ABC (Adventures Benefiting Children) Runners invite everyone to join them for a autumn run in Funks Grove. The main course is a 7 mile loop. You can turn this into a shorter course by turning around at any point. Run on roads or adventurers can wind your way through wooded trails. Meg's coffee cake will be at the finish as well as water, coffee, bananas, and snack items provided by Heartland Head start. Bring something to share if you wish. For more information, call Merlin or Meg Anderson at 309.454.4820.
There is no fee, but donations in any amount are encouraged. Funds collected will benefit Heartland Head Start. No registration required.
Happy Trails Hikes
Thursday, October 10; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 14; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 12; 10:00 a.m.
This adults-only hike will go on and off trail, in search of any and all things of interest. Show up with a good pair of hiking shoes and a sense of adventure!
Free; no registration required.
Beginning Balcksmith Class Class Full: Closed to Registration
Saturday, October 12; 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. Spots are limited. For additional information about the class, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.
Fee: $40/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, $50/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included. Registration and prepayment required. Form available at sugargrovenaturecenter.org/registernow.pdf.
Stewardship Work Days
Saturdays, October 12 & 26; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, November 9 & 23; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, December 7 & 21; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Don Schmidt leads a faithful group of volunteers in a variety of stewardship activities every other Saturday. Work days include learning about Illinois' natural history first-hand, while spending a nice morning with friends who believe in the importance of being stewards of the environment.
Free; no registration required for individuals. Groups must contact the Nature Center in advance
Winter Backyard Bird Watching Basics Cancelled
Friday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon
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: Free/members, $5/non-members; registration required.