Green Drinks

Looking for conversation or networking opportunities with like-minded individuals?

Join us at Green Drinks, the monthly environmental get-together. With no agenda and no membership or admission fees, Green Drinks is nice way to have some informal conversation on whatever environmental topics you want to bring to the table.

Join us at Medici in Normal at 5:30 on the first Tuesday of every month.

Holiday Family Nature Exploration Day

Sugar Grove Nature Center invites you to take time out during the busy holiday season to relax and enjoy the nature in Funks Grove. The Nature Center will be decked out for the holidays and the chilly winter ahead. Visit the wildlife viewing room to watch the birds dine on our buffet of bird seed, suet, and other tasty treats. Take a winter nature walk at 11:00 a.m., and then warm up with some hot chocolate. See what was left in our critters’ stocking for them to eat at 1:00 p.m. A holiday make-and-take craft will be available all day.

Boys and girls of all ages are invited to write their letters to Santa and drop them off in a special mailbox located along our Imagination Grove trail. The critters of Funks Grove will then promptly deliver them. Be sure to pick up some food to offer the animals as a “thank you.” Even if you are unable to attend Family Nature Exploration Day, the animals will be accepting and delivering Letters to Santa up until Christmas Even from dawn until dusk, even when the Nature Center isn’t open. Make this one of your Christmas traditions!

Whatever you do this winter, remember to enjoy the season for is unique gifts.
And, thank you for being a friend of Sugar Grove Nature Center.

Green Top Community Meeting

Come get an update on Green Top’s progress and learn how you can help us continue to grow! You can also become and Owner or purchase an Ownership as a gift!

Experience Winter in Funks Grove

Friday, December 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (For children ages 6 to 12)

Don’t let your child spend the entire winter break inside! Instead, have him or her step into the brisk air to explore, look for animal tracks, learn about snowflakes, take a hike, create a wintery craft, and much more! Sugar Grove Nature Center is a great place to build a connection with nature and make friends. Hot dogs over the campfire and chicken noodle soup will be served for lunch—you may pack a lunch if desired. However, remember to dress your child for outdoor exploration! This program is sponsored by the McLean County Sportsmen’s Association.

Fee: $10/child members, $14/child non-members; Registration required.

 For more information or to register, phone 309.874.2174 or email [email protected]sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Green Drinks

Looking for conversation or networking opportunities with like-minded individuals?

Join us at Green Drinks, the monthly environmental get-together. With no agenda and no membership or admission fees, Green Drinks is nice way to have some informal conversation on whatever environmental topics you want to bring to the table.

NOTE: Green Drinks is normally the first Tuesday of every month, but due to the New Year Holiday has been moved to the second Tuesday, January 8.

Normal 2012 Cool Cities Achievement Award Presentation

The city of Normal has been a leader in innovative energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy initiatives and has made significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint.  In recognition of its many achievements, the Illinois Sierra Club is presenting Normal with a 2012 Cool Cities Achievement Award this Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm at the new Uptown Station.  The award will be presented to Mayor Koos by Jack Darin, Director, Illinois Sierra Club.

The public is welcome to attend.

“Marvelous Milkweeds” presentation by Dr. Janet Rasmussen

Speaker: Dr. Janet Rasmussen. Janet received her Ph.D. in Biology from Purdue University with a specialization in Ecology. She has served on the biology faculty at several academic institutions and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Heartland Community College. Janet is also an active volunteer at Sugar Grove Nature Center and recently helped with the establishment of the new Monarch Way Station there, which includes a variety of milkweed species.

Program: Wild Ones member and Chapter Vice President Janet Rasmussen will present a program on the natural history of milkweeds. She will also show us which species are native to Illinois, highlight the diversity of arthropod species that rely on them, and suggest ways of incorporating milkweeds into our own gardens.

This program is free, and the public is cordially invited. Wild Ones is a national organization of local chapters devoted to encouraging the use of native plants in both public and private settings, in order to preserve and enhance the native biodiversity on which all life depends.