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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August 27,2016






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Upcoming Programs for Kids

Unless otherwise specified, programs require 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:
1. ONLINE by clicking link by program title below
2. BY MAIL using this form 

Little Wonders Click Class TITLE to register online
Ages 3-5; Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
July 20: Little Gardeners;
August 17: Creek Critters

September 20 at 10 a.m. September 21 at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.: Animals that Jump, Hop, and Leap!
Kids and their adult chaperones will discover the wonders of nature in these hands-on,
interactive classes.  A snack will accompany story time and a fun craft will be created.
Fee: $5/child members, $8/child non-members with an adult chaperone. 
Registration and prepayment required by the Sunday before the program

Ages 6-8; Tuesday, July 26; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12; Thursday, July 28; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
Kids will love getting wet and muddy as they explore the banks and depths of a nearby creek!  Learn about some of the creatures we might encounter, then head out to creek to see what we can find!
Fee: $20/child members, $25/child non-members.  Please bring a lunch.  Registration and prepayment required by July 19.

Stream Discovery, Citizen Science To register click here.
Ages 12-16; Friday, July 22; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Determine the health of a nearby stream by testing the water quality and identifying its macroinvertebrate inhabitants.  We’ll examine all we find and analyze the creek’s physical, biological, and chemical components. This information will then be entered into a statewide database and be compared with other waterways in Illinois.
Fee: $20/child members, $25/child non-members.  Please bring a lunch. 
Registration and prepayment required by July 15.

Navigate the Grove To register click here.
Ages 8-12; Tuesday, August 2; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learn how animals navigate in the wild and how that compares with what people do to find their way around.  Show off your new compass skills during a fun orienteering activity throughout the grounds and discover a new way of looking at Imagination Grove as you create a map of its features!
Fee: $8/child members, $12/child non-members.
Registration and prepayment required by July 26.

“Save the Frogs!” Art Class at Miller Park Zoo
To register click here.
Ages 9-12; 9:00 a.m.-noon; Wednesday, August 10 AND Friday, August 12
Ages 13-17; 2:00-5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 10 AND Friday, August 12
Science meets art in this unique program collaboration by Sugar Grove Nature Center and Miller Park Zoo.  Participants will study the physical characteristics of frogs and toads, then use this information to create artwork to be entered into the Save The Frogs! Art Contest.  Save The Frogs! (savethefrogs.com) is a worldwide conservation organization created to protect amphibian populations and promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.
Fee: $32/members, $38/non-members.
Registration and prepayment required by August 8. 
This program will take place at Miller Park Zoo, 1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL

Tiny Melodies: Gone Wild Click Class TITLE to register
Program designed for ages birth-4, but all ages are welcome.
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, & 28 (Series); 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tiny Melodies: Gone Wild, is an interactive Family Music Making Experience!  Children AND their caregivers will join Meryl Brown, Board Certified Music Therapist, in a variety of music-making opportunities including, but not limited to,  instrument play, singing, movement and storytelling.  Each of these experiences will bring participants into nature as we learn about birds, animals, flowers and trees! Join us for this fun and exciting new opportunity at Sugar Grove Nature Center as we jump into nature and go WILD! Though the program material will be most exciting for children birth to four, all ages are welcome to participate!

Music therapy is the planned and structured use of music and music interventions, combined with the relationships that develop through them, to achieve non-musical goals, allowing individuals to improve their overall quality of life.  Participants are provided with music experiences that address a variety of skills including gross motor and fine motor movement, academic, cognitive, and social needs.  Visit developingmelodies.com for more information.
Fee: $40/series members; $48/series non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required by August 31.