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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Woodland Wildflower Walk

Sunday, May 3

2:00 pm

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Special Events

Maple Sirup Experience Tours
Saturday, March 7, 2015
All of our Maple Sirup Experience Tours are FULL and CLOSED to registration.

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.

Experience an important part of Funks Grove heritage!


Funks Grove National Trails Day Celebration

June 6, 2015; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

presented by the Illinois Grand Prairie Master Naturalists

Event Headquarters: Sugar Grove Nature Center

Through a unique partnership between the Funks Grove Cemetery Association, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and Sugar Grove Nature Center, over 7 miles of hiking trails can be enjoyed in Funks Grove.  Explore the diversity of plants and animals that live in the prairie, woodland, and savanna habitats.  Visit creeks and streams where herons hunt and beavers are busy.  Get to know the trails of Funks Grove!

A variety of activities will take place in the Nature Center, on the grounds, and throughout the trails.  Take part in guided hikes led by Master Naturalists or explore on your own.  Enjoy seminars, informational booths, fun activities, and so much more!  Check-in at NTD Celebration Headquarters to pick up your hiking passport and begin your journey.

Text Box:  This free event will feature activities and hikes for adults, families with children, and even leashed four-legged friends.  Special opportunities for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are planned, too!  We encourage you to pack a picnic lunch and plan to stay all day!

Explore and enjoy the nature of Funks Grove!  Get your heart pumping, take a deep breath of fresh air, and leave your stress at the trailhead.  There is no wi-fi in our forest, but we promise you will find a better connection!



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 24, 2015; 10 a.m. to 4 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.