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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Special Events

Maple Sirup Experience Tours
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:30 a.m., noon, or 2:30 p.m.

Late winter is the time of year when buckets decorate the sugar maples throughout Funks Grove.  Have you ever tasted ‘sweet water’ dripping from a spile?  Here’s your chance!  Join us for the Sugar Grove Nature Center Maple Sirup Experience. Gather around the fire at the sirup camp to learn how the Native Americans and early settlers collected and prepared sap.  Visit the sugar shack where the smell of maple sirup hangs in the air. Journey into the sugarbush to tap a tree.  Stop inside the Nature Center to sample a variety of sweet treats made with maple sirup including candy, cookies, fudge and more!  Tours last approximately 2.5 hours and begin promptly at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. Tour size is limited and advanced registration is required. Dress for the weather, as you will be outside for a major portion of the program.

$5/adults, $3/children (ages 4-16) members, $7/adults, $5/children (ages 4-16) non-members. 
Children 3 and Under are Free
Registration & prepayment required. Fees are non-refundable unless the program is cancelled.

Downloadable registration forms are available here.
To register and pay online click here.

Experience an important part of Funks Grove heritage!


Hummingbird Festival & Pollination Celebration
Saturday, August 29 2015; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Buzz on over to celebrate hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees! Learn from local experts about the important pollinators in Funks Grove by participating in programs, seminars, hikes, and more. Enjoy entertainment, food, and fun! Participants will have a chance to feel the heartbeat of a hummingbird and are invited to "adopt" one of these winged wonders for a small donation.

This event is FREE. No registration is required.


Autumn Celebration
Saturday, October 18 2014; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission only $3/person, 3 years & under, free!
There is a small fee for some activities. Members are invited to pick up
4 free activity tickets at the membership table!

The sound of leaves crunching under your feet, a refreshing chill in the air, and the unmistakable aroma of fall leaves… it must be time for Sugar Grove Nature Center’s Autumn Celebration!

Visit our pumpkin patch and choose your favorite to take home and carve or stop by and decorate it at the pumpkin salon!  Enjoy fall color walks, a scarecrow factory, and entertainment with an autumn theme.  Children will delight in old-fashioned fun like bobbing for apples and pumpkin bowling.  Step back in time to visit a 1750’s trading post and frontiersman’s camp, and meet other historical reenactors.

Explore booths featuring handmade, nature-inspired items. Watch the Illinois Valley Blacksmith’s and Central Illinois Woodturners demonstrate their skills.  Indulge in seasonal favorites like apple cider and caramel apples.  Roast marshmallows at the campfire, tour the Sugar Grove Observatory, and explore over 5 miles of hiking trails on a delightful autumn day. Guests will also enjoy live music on-state during the event!

Check back here as the event approaches for a schedule of activities.