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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Group Visits

Thank you for your interest in bringing your group to Sugar Grove Nature Center!
ALL GROUPS of 10 or more MUST schedule their visit prior to arrival whether you are interested in a formal program or wish to explore on your own. This includes multiple families intending to meet at the Nature Center. Please review our Group Visit Information policy.





For Groups Wanting a Guided Program
Please visit our Field Trip Page


For Groups Wanting to Explore on their Own
Please e-mail register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309.874.2174 to schedule your visit.
Scheduling your visit helps to ensure a quality experience for you and other groups that have arranged a visit. Maximum daily limits apply and our schedule fills quickly.


Site Use Fees

Half Day Visits:
Per person site fee $1.50/person (ages 3 and up)
One adult per eight children FREE; additional adults are $1.50 each

Full Day Visits:
Per person site fee $3.00/person (ages 3 and up)
One adult per eight children FREE; additional adults are $3.00 each

 

Why do we charge site use fees for groups exploring on their own?

Sugar Grove Foundation is an independent non-profit, which means that we do not receive any federal, state, or county funding for operational needs.   All of our support comes from program fees, memberships, grants, site use fees, and donations.

Your site use fees help support the Nature Center’s daily operations, and things like clean, well stocked restrooms, care for our education animals, and the upkeep of Imagination Grove.  It is also crucial funding for our programming, site features, trail maintenance, and land stewardship.  We want to be a resource for the surrounding communities for the long term, and support from those who utilize our site will help make this possible!