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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Saturday, October 22

10:00 am- 4:00 pm

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Upcoming Programs for All Ages

For those programs requiring 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 Advance Registration:
1. ONLINE by clicking the program title below
2. BY MAIL using this form 

Family Nature Exploration Day
Saturdays, October 1, November 5, & December 3; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bring your family out at any time throughout the day.  Create a fun make-and-take craft, take a guided hike at 11:00 a.m., and don’t miss the feeding of the turtles, snakes, and other critters at 1:00 p.m.  Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Free.  No registration required

Twin City Amateur Astronomers Public Viewing Sessions
Saturday, October 1; 7:00-9:00: Fading Glories of the Summer Triangle
Don’t miss the last Viewing Session of 2016!  A 20-30 minute presentation on the featured topic will be followed by a sky tour using a laser pointer and telescope observing.  Programs will be held even in the event of an overcast sky.  The presentation will be given and tours of the Sugar Grove Observatories will be available.  Active rain, however, will cause a cancellation of the event.  When uncertain if a session has been cancelled, check for updates on Facebook (Twin City Amateur Astronomers - TCAA) or twitter (@tc_astro).  For more information, visit www.tcaa.us.
Free.  No registration required.

Group Trail Runs

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.; through November 1
Venture out to enjoy the trails, or roads if you prefer, on Tuesday evenings through November 1.  The trail route is 5 miles and road routes of 4 or 7 miles are also an option. 
Free, donations appreciated.  No registration required

Acoustic Irish Music Jam Session                    Blacksmith Demonstrations 

Saturdays, October 15, November 19,                      Saturdays, October 15, November 19,
& December 17; 10:00 a.m.-noon                              & December 17; 10:00 a.m.-noon
Acoustic musicians of all levels are invited             The public is invited to observe members
to join an Irish-music jam session!  Bring                 of the Illinois Valley Blacksmith’s Association
your instrument or just enjoy the music!                   as they work at the forge across the
For more details, email mtyner@iwu.edu.                parking lot from the Nature Center.      
Free.  No registration required.                                 Free.  No registration required.

Family Campfire & S’mores Programs

Sunday, Oct. 30; 1:30-3:00 p.m.: OAKtober- Oak Trees and Acorns
Saturday, November 19; 3:30-5:00 p.m.:  Let’s Talk Turkey
Connect with other nature-loving families for a relaxed evening of discovery, play, and best of all, s’mores!  After a program on the given topic, participants will have the opportunity to create a fun craft, then head out to the campfire for a tasty treat.
Fee: Free/members; $5/person non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required 1 week prior to program