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[February 27, 2014]  McLEAN — Sugar Grove Nature Center has announced a Boy Scout astronomy event and a nature photography presentation in March.

Boy Scout Astronomy Badge

Saturday, March 1, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, May 24, noon-4 p.m.

Boy Scouts can earn their Astronomy Merit Badge by participating in activities and observations with the Twin City Amateur Astronomers. Individual Scouts and troops are invited to take advantage of this opportunity. This program is for Scouts only (no parents or siblings). Troop leaders are welcome to attend. Scouts must attend both sessions, in March and in May, to meet all the requirements.

Instruction, materials and snacks are provided.

Registration and prepayment are required. The fee is $10 per Scout. Forms (PDF) are available on the Sugar Grove website or by phone. Space is limited.

For more information or to register for these sessions if any openings remain, phone 309-874-2174 or email


Tom Ulrich, nature photographer, at Illinois Wesleyan University

Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m.

Location: Illinois Wesleyan University Center for Natural Sciences Building, 201 E. Beecher, Bloomington

Each year, Tom Ulrich delights his audiences with amazing photographs and humorous narration. On March 5 he will take the audience on a photographic journey of the year 2013 in the life of a wildlife photographer. The focus will be on nature in Florida, Glacier National Park in Montana and South Texas. A special feature will include photographs from Ulrich’s travels to Rome, Greece and Turkey. His narration includes insight on photo technique and animal behavior and is always riddled with humor.

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Ulrich is a renowned nature photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon and many other publications. He has published several books, field guides and calendars; presents photography workshops around the country; and leads tours to remote parts of the world. Originally from Illinois, he now lives outside of Glacier National Park in Montana.

This special presentation is hosted by the Illinois Wesleyan University Environmental Studies program and will take place in the auditorium of the IWU Center for Natural Sciences, just east of Main Street in Bloomington. Parking is available just north of the CNS Building and east of the Hansen Student Center.

For more information, click here (PDF).

The fee for members of Sugar Grove Nature Center and JWP Audubon is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. For nonmembers, the fee is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. College and university students can attend free with ID. Registration is required by calling 309-874-2174 or emailing

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


Sugar Grove Nature Center is 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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