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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(Ages 6-12)

Friday, January 2

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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. 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 register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Stewardship Work Days
Saturdays, October 11 & 25; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, November 8 & 22; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, December 6 & 20; 9:00-11:00 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.

Happy Trails Hikes
Thursday, October 9; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 13; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 11; 10:00 a.m.
Free; no registration required.
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!

Intermediate Blacksmith Class Cancelled
Saturday, October 11; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $50/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, $60/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included. Registration and prepayment required by October 6. Form available at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org/registernow.pdf.

The Intermediate Blacksmith Class is for those who have attended a beginning class or have previous experience and will include further forging techniques and welding. Participants should wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes. NO clothing or shoes with nylon or other flammable materials, such as some athletic shoes. Safety glasses must be worn and will be provided if needed. For more information, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.

Project Learning Tree
Friday, November 7; 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Rescheduled for February 6, 2015.
Fee: $30 plus cost of guide: electronic version, $24.95 or printed version, $29.95 + shipping.
Cost includes lunch, snacks, and additional resources. Online registration required at
https://www.ezlcms.com/v5/login/1525/PLT_IL.aspx?buyCourseID=8788. Participants are required to purchase PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Activity Guide prior to attending the workshop and bring it to the training. Instructions for how to purchase the guide via an online store will follow in the workshop registration confirmation.

Classroom teachers, non-formal educators, Master Naturalists, scout leaders, and youth group instructors are encouraged to participate in this workshop! This hands-on training will help you use the natural world as a fun and engaging way to easily integrate STEM and life sciences into the K-12 classroom or nature program.

Facilitated by Debbie Fluegel from Trees Forever, this workshop includes science content and activities aligned to Illinois Learning Goals and Common Core State Standards to assist you in bringing environmental education into the core subjects. This training qualifies as an ISBE Contact Hour Master Naturalist Continuing Education Event and participants will also be eligible to apply for a PLT GreenWorks! grant. Be prepared to go outdoors, explore, and experience hands-on learning!