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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2016 Summer Nature Study Programs

Fostering a love and appreciation of nature at an early age is so very important.  What better way to
spend the summer than exploring, discovering, and learning about nature!  With a diverse range of topics geared towards ages 3 and up, you are sure to find a program to fit your interests! 

Advanced registration is required and class size is limited. Pre-registration and payment are required for ALL Summer Nature Study Programs.  To register by mail please fill out the Summer Nature Study Registration Form found here and send in the form with payment. To register online for our Summer Nature Study Programs for children 6 and older please use the form found here. To register for any of our summer Little Wonders programs please visit our registration page here.

If you have questions, email register@sugargrovenaturecenter.org or call 309.874.2174. 

Registration for Nature Fun Club and Nature Adventure's Club rmust be received two weeks prior to the program start date.  The registration deadline for all other Summer Nature Study Programs is one week before the program start date. Programs may be cancelled if minimum participant numbers are not met.

Ages 6-12

Nature Fun Club
Ages 6-8; Tuesdays, June 14-July 19 (6 sessions); 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Nature Adventurer’s Club
Ages 9-12; Tuesdays, June 14-July 19 (6 sessions); 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Discovery and exploration will be emphasized in this exciting program. Along with environmental themes, show-and-tell, and projects, participants will enjoy plenty of unstructured time in nature. While these programs run concurrently, ages will be divided for most activities.
Fee for series: $100/members, $125/non-members. Registration and prepayment required by June 7.

Creek Stomp
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.

Ages 12-16

Stream Discovery, Citizen Science
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.

Art Programs

“Save the Frogs!” Art Class at Miller Park Zoo
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