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'Growing Up WILD' training at Sugar Grove Nature Center

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[March 23, 2013]  McLEAN -- Sugar Grove Nature Center will present a "Growing Up WILD" training program April 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

"Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children" is an activity guide for early childhood educators of children ages 3 to 7. It builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences -- crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections, and more -- the program provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills.

This training also includes a special focus on Illinois' state mammal, the white-tailed deer, and is sponsored in part by Whitetails Unlimited.

Growing Up WILD is correlated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards, Head Start domains and the MyPlate food program. Three continuing professional development units are available.

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The $30 fee includes the activity guide, resources and snacks. Registration and prepayment are required. Download a registration form at

For more information, phone 309-874-2174 or email

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

[Text from file received from Sugar Grove Nature Center]

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