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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RiverWatch Citizen Scientist Training Workshop

Saturday, April 27

9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

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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, April 12 & 26, May 10 & 24; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays, June 7 & 21, 8:00-10:00 a.m. Note time change.
Don Schmidt leads a group of volunteers in a variety of stewardship activities every other Saturday. 
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
Thursdays, April 10; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 8; 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 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.

Workshop for Formal & Non-formal Educators:
Growing Up Wild/Early Childhood Project Learning Tree
Thursday, April 17; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Designed for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7, this program will provide an introduction to environmental education at a key developmental period in children’s lives. You will learn how to encourage children to explore and discover their natural surroundings and communicate in expressive ways.
Fee: $50 includes both curriculum guides, resources, and snacks.  CPDU’s available.  Registration and prepayment required. Download form at www.sugargrovenaturecenter.org/registernow.pdf.

RiverWatch Citizen Scientist Training Workshop
Saturday, April 27; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Join RiverWatch to become a part of a large network of volunteers who steward and protect Illinois streams. RiverWatch certified volunteers, referred to as Citizen Scientists, are trained to detect and track the changes in water quality as suggested by changes in the population of macroinvertebrates.  In doing so, they provide valuable insight to the health of our rivers and streams. This interactive workshop will give you the tools to test water quality and collect reliable data.
Fee: $55/person, registration required.  Registration is through the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. For more information on registering, visit www.ngrrec.org/riverwatch or contact Matthew Young at mpyoung@lc.edu or 618.468.2784.  Please bring a lunch. 

Woodland Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 4; 2:00 p.m.
Fee: Free/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Wild Ones, $5/non-members; registration required.
Enjoy a stroll through Funks Grove to discover the diversity of woodland wildflowers that carpet the forest floor every spring on this guided hike.
Fee: Free/members of Sugar Grove Nature Center or Wild Ones, $5/non-members; registration required.