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

Unless otherwise specified, programs require advanced registration and payment.  Space is limited.  Classes could be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met by the registration deadline.  Please contact us for availability after the registration deadline has passed. 


2 Simple Ways to Register for Programs Requiring Adavance Registration:
1. ONLINE by clicking the program title below
2. BY MAIL using this form 

Evenings on the Prairie Click Class TITLE to register
Wednesdays, July 13, August 10 (Canceled) & September 14; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages 16 and up.
As the summer weeks progress, the prairie is constantly transforming itself, from the flowers in bloom to the animals that are most abundant. Witness these changes firsthand on relaxed, informative, guided evening hikes. Whether you can join us for one, two, or all three, you will be amazed by the variety of life on the prairie and how they have adapted to the harsh conditions they endure. If you like, bring out a picnic supper and favoriety beverage to enjoy with others before the hike.
Fee: Free/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Wild Ones; $5/each non-members. Registration required no later than 2 days prior to each hike.

A Toast to Nature: Orienteering Adventure Challenge
Canceled
Ages 21+
Friday, July 29; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Leave your GPS at home!  Brush up on your skills with a compass on an orienteering course throughout the grounds.  Enjoy a beverage and some snacks before you set out, but don’t overindulge!  It’s a competition in the Grove, and prizes will be awarded!
Fee: $12/members, $17/non-members.  Registration and payment required by July 25.

Beginning Blacksmith Class Click Class TITLE to register
Saturday, September 17; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
Ages 16 and up. Maximum of 8 participants per class.
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. Participants are asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes, please. 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 additional information about the class, contact Bill Kauffman at 309.208.2505.
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 September 12

Leopold Bench Building Workshop FULL
Saturday, September 24; 10:00 a.m.-noon
When the famed conservationist and father of the modern environmental movement Aldo Leopold wanted a place to sit down, he built himself a simple bench with timeless appeal.  Join us to make your very own Leopold Bench - the perfect addition to any yard, garden, porch, or trail!  The Central Illinois Woodworkers Club has created pre-cut bench kits for assembly by individuals and families.
No carpentry skills are needed.  The benches are 48” long and are made of treated yellow pine. All participants will also receive a copy of Aldo Leopold’s classic, A Sand County Almanac.
Fee: $60/bench members; $75/bench non-members. One kit per family please. 
Registration and pre-payment required by September 19th.

Beginning Blacksmith Class Click Class TITLE to register
Saturday, October 15; 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 16 and up.
Maximum of 8 participants per class
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. Participants are asked to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants made of cotton or wool; no shorts or open-toed shoes, please. 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.
Fee: $50/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association, $60/non-members; lunch, tools, and materials included.  Space is limited to 8 participants.
Registration and prepayment required one week prior to class.

Certified Interpretive Guide Training
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, & 29; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The National Association for Interpretation is offering an interpretive guide course for people who will be delivering programs at interpretive sites.  This course includes: history, definition, and principles of interpretation; making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic; presentation and communication skills; certification requirements; and all materials and workbook.
Fee: By August 29: $258; after August 29: $283; add certification: $150.
To register and for more information, visit www.interpnet.com/certification, or contact course instructor, Bob Carter, at bob@interpworld.com or 815.238.7930


Growing Up WILD
Wednesday, November 30th; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Childhood Educators of children 3 - 7 years
Explore the Award-Winning Early Childhood Curriculum Growing Up WILD with Sugar Grove Nature Center Director, Angela Funk. This workshop will feature fun, hands-on activities and ideas for infusing nature and wildlife into your programs with 3 - 7 year olds. Growing up WILD features 27 field-tested, interactive, nature-based activities; supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually socially, and culturally appropriate; and involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas. We will also explore our nationally recognized Nature Play area, and enjoy s-mores by the campfire.
Fee: $50, includes Curriculum Guide, Resources, and Snacks
Registration required by November 15.