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.
Stewardship Work Days
Saturdays, January 4 & 18; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, February 1 & 15; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, March 1, 15, & 29; 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 environmental stewards.
Free; no registration required for individuals. 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, January 9; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 13; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 13; 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.
ABC Runners: Winter Wonderland Run
Saturday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:30)
Come out to enjoy a winter wonderland by running, walking, or cross-country skiing. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Bring something to share if you wish. The main running course is a 7 mile loop course on roads. You can turn this into a shorter course by turning around at any point. If conditions permit, those adventurous enough can opt for a trail run. This event is free, with the opportunity for a free-will donation to Sugar Grove Nature Center. The funds contributed will go toward new puppets for the puppet stage, children's books, and environmental education resources.
There is no fee, but donations in any amount are encouraged. Funds collected will benefit Sugar Grove Nature Center. No registration required.
Saturday, January 18; 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Have you ever thought about tapping that maple tree in your yard? Learn how with instructor, Jim Wilson, who has been transforming sap from his backyard into syrup for years! This program will give you the basics and direct you to the resources needed to turn your kitchen or garage into a sap house!
Fee: $5/members, $8/non-members, registration required.
Winter Backyard Bird Watching Basics
Saturday, January 25, 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, as well as how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count in February.
Fee: Free/members, $5/non-members; registration required.
Woodcocks & Wine
Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.
You must be 21 years old to attend this program.
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. We’ll also have some wines to sample from local wineries. You must be 21 to attend this program.
Fee: $3/members, $5/non-members; registration required.