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Autumn Celebration

  • Sugar Grove Nature Center 4532 North 725 East Road McLean, IL, 61754 United States (map)

Admission is only $5/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 7 miles of hiking trails on a delightful autumn day. Guests will also enjoy live music on-site during the event!