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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Maple Sirup Experience Tours

Saturday, March 5; 2016

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Upcoming Programs for Adults (16+)

Unless otherwise specified, programs require advanced registration and payment. 
Visit http://sugargrovenaturecenter.org/register.html to register and for more information. 
For questions, email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or phone 309.874.2174

Stewardship Work Days
Saturdays, January 16 & 30, February 13 & 27, & March 12 & 26; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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.
Free; no registration required for individuals.

Winter Wonderland Run
Saturday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:30)
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a winter wonderland by running, walking, or cross-country skiing in this event coordinated by the ABC Runners (Adventures Benefitting Children). The main running course is a 7 mile loop on roads.  You can turn this into a shorter course by turning around at any point. We will also have a group running the trails.  Beverages and snacks will be provided. Bring something to share if you wish. Donations will go towards Sugar Grove Nature Center’s children’s educational programs and Imagination Grove.

There is no fee, but donations to Sugar Grove Nature Center in any amount are encouraged. 
No registration required.

Wonders of Winter
Ages 21+
Sunday, February 7; 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Learn about the fascinating world of nature in winter.  Discover how various plants and animals survive the cold, then go outside and take a look for signs of life and relish in the beauty of the winter landscape.  Afterwards come back inside and enjoy a warm beverage (spiked options available).
Fee: $7/members; $10/non-members.  Registration and payment required by February 2.

Woodcocks & Wine
Ages 21 +
Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.
These ground-nesting birds exhibit one of the most delightful courtship flights just before dawn and at dusk. 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.
Fee: $7/members, $10/non-members.  Registration and payment required by March 16.