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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Group Visits

ALL GROUPS and Organized Gatherings of 10 or more MUST schedule their visit prior to arrival whether you are interested in a formal program or choose to explore on your own. This includes multiple families intending to meet at the Nature Center. Please review our Group Information Summary Sheet for an overview of the possible options for group visits.

For Additional Information on Group Visits With a Program Please Visit Our Field Trip Page


For Groups Wanting to Explore On Their Own (without a Program)

Please e-mail register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309.874.2174 to schedule your group visit. Not doing so will result in your group being asked to leave. Maximum daily limits apply and our schedule fills quickly. Therefore, we suggest that you have multiple dates in mind when you contact us to schedule your visit. Scheduling your visit helps to enure a quality experience for you and other groups that have arranged a visit. Quite often we have days when very large groups events are taking place and certain areas are off limits to other visitors and groups.

Site Use Fees for Groups That Want To Explore on Their Own

Half Day Visits (leave before or arrive after noon)
Per person site fee $1.50/person (ages 3 and up)
One adult per eight children FREE; additional adults beyond 1:8 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 beyond 1:8 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!