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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Hummingbird Festival
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Pollination Celebration

Saturday, Aug. 29 2015

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Upcoming Programs for Kids

Your interest may be the deciding factor to run a program!  Most programs require advanced registration.   Please try to register at least 7 days in advance.  Waiting until the last minute may result in a program being canceled due to low enrollment or missing out because it is full. All programs listed below requure prepayment. Payment may be submitted online or by mail. For more information on how to register for a program please visit our Registration Page. If you have questions about any of these programs please call 309..874.2174 or emai register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Creek Stomp Registration Closed
Ages 6-8, Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12, Wednesday, August 5; 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!  We’ll start by learning about some of the aquatic creatures we might encounter, then head out to creek to see what we can find!
Fee: $20/members, $25/non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required.  Registration details can be found here
Registration deadline: July 30.

Creek Investigation Registration Closed
Ages 12-16
Thursday, August 6; 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. Of course, we will also make time for simply relaxing and enjoying time wandering the creek, exploring its turns and bends.
Fee: $20/members, $25/non-members. 
Registration and prepayment required.  Registration details can be found here
Registration deadline: July 30.

Little Wonders: Creek Critters
Ages 3-5 with an adult chaperone
Wednesday, August 19; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Kids and their adult chaperones will discover the wonders of nature in this hands-on, interactive class.  Discover the critters that call the water home, including fish, crayfish, water striders, and so much more!  Bring your water shoes and a towel, as we will be heading into the creek if conditions allow. Grown-ups, you are more than welcome to join us, but you can watch from the bank if you like!  A snack will accompany story time and a fun craft will be created.
Fee: $5/child members per class, $8/child non-members per class. 
Registration and prepayment required. Registration details can be found here.
Registration deadline: August 14.

Little Wonders: Little Campers
Ages 3-5 with an adult chaperone
Wednesday, September 16; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Kids and their adult chaperones will discover the wonders of nature in this hands-on, interactive class.  We’ll go through an entire campout in an hour and a half!  Build a pretend fire, hike, star gaze, listen to the night animals, head to bed, and wake up in the morning!  A snack will accompany story time (let us know of any food allergies) and a fun craft will be created.
Fee: $5/child members per class, $8/child non-members per class.  Registration and prepayment required. Registration details can be found here.
Registraton deadline: September 11.

Homeschool Discover & Draw: Butterflies
Ages 6-8, Thursday, September 24; 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages 9-12, Thursday, September 24; 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Science meets art in this unique program. Participants will study butterflies using photos, specimens, and hopefully by finding some to watch outside.  We’ll then take the information and use it to create a drawing.
Fee: $12/child members, $15 child non-members; all supplies provided. 
Registration and prepayment required.  Registration details can be found here. 
Registration deadline: September 17.