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'Great Garlic Mustard Smackdown' at Sugar Grove Nature Center

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[March 20, 2013]  McLEAN -- Sugar Grove Nature Center is hosting a "Great Garlic Mustard Smackdown" on March 30. Participants can register for a morning or afternoon session: 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.

Garlic mustard is an exotic invasive plant that crowds out native species such as bluebells and spring beauties. Families, groups and individuals of all ages are invited to take a stand against this bully of the forest. After a briefing on the enemy, you will be armed and sent into the woods.

Snacks will be provided and prizes will be given to those showing bravery in combat.

This is a great opportunity for those needing volunteer or community service hours. If you are interested in joining the fight but cannot make it on that day, contact the nature center for one-on-one training.

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The event is free. Registration is required. To register, call 309-874-2174 or email

Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in historic Funks Grove, just south of Bloomington-Normal, off Old Route 66. For a map and directions, membership and program information, visit

[Text from file received from Sugar Grove Nature Center]

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