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


Featured Events

Woodland Wildflower Walk

Sunday, May 3

2:00 pm

Follow us on Facebook

Upcoming Programs for Kids

Your interest may be the deciding factor to run a program!  Most programs require advanced registration. Click HERE for a program registration form.  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. Please register for classes by sending in a registration form, calling 309.874.2174 or emailing register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Experience Winter Full: Closed to Registration
Ages 6-12: Friday, January 2; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $10/child members, $14/child non-members; Registration required.
Don’t spend your entire winter break inside!  Step into the brisk air to explore, look for animal tracks, learn about snowflakes, take a hike, create a wintery craft, and much more.  A lunch of hot dogs over the campfire and chicken noodle soup will be served.  Dress for the weather!

Little Wonders: Signs of Animals in Winter
Ages 3-5 with an adult chaperone.
Wednesday, January 21; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5/child members, $8/child non-members; registration required.
Some animals don’t migrate or hibernate in the winter- they stay around and are active! But we don’t see them very often. Learn how to tell what animals have been nearby, then head outside to search for signs of winter animals!

Little Wonders: Little Tappers
Ages 3-5 with an adult chaperone.
Wednesday, February 18; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $5/child members, $8/child non-members; registration required.
This program is designed especially for children 3-5 years with an adult chaperone. We will sing songs and make a craft while learning how to make maple sirup and listen to a fabulous sirup story. Then, each child will get a turn at tree tapping and to taste the real thing!

Sirup for Scouts & Youth Groups
Saturday, February 21; 9:30-11:30 or 12:30-2:30
Fee: $7/child, $3 chaperones; Registration & prepayment required.
Attention, leaders of scout troops, 4H, and other youth organizations! Your group and their families are invited to join in on the maple sirup fun! Learn how sap from the maple tree becomes sirup, and take part in the process from tree tapping to tasting! When registering, be sure to gather participant numbers for your entire group so that no one is left out of this experience!

Homeschool: Maple Sirup Experience Tours
Tuesday, March 3 Full: Closed to Registration;
Wednesday, March 4; or Thursday, March 5; 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., Closed to Registration

Fee: $7/student (ages 3 and up), $5/teacher or chaperone; registration & prepayment required.
Homeschoolers of all ages can participate in the Maple Sirup Experience on days set aside especially for them!  This program provides a special opportunity for homeschool students to actively engage in the production of maple sirup as they explore its history from pre-settlement to current day through demonstrations and hands-on activities, including the opportunity to tap a maple tree and take home a small bottle of Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup. This program fills quickly, so get your registration in soon!

Little Wonders: The Color Green
Ages 3-5 with an adult chaperone.
Wednesday, March 18; 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m CANCELLED
Fee: $5/child members, $8/child non-members; registration required.
As spring begins, the color green starts popping up all over the place! Look for things that are green inside and out!