Celebrate hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies - the vital
pollinators for countless varieties of plant life in Funks Grove.
Enjoy entertainment, education, food, and fun!
What is pollination and why are pollinators important? Join us to
find out! All ages are encouraged to learn about pollination and
pollinator migration from local experts during seminars, classroom
programs, guided hikes, and garden tours. Children will especially
enjoy watching puppet shows, making crafts, and overcoming obstacles
in a life-sized game of migration.
We are excited to welcome back Vern Kleen of Springfield, Illinois,
to the Festival again this year. Vern is one of the few licensed
hummingbird banders in the United States. During the day he will
demonstrate catching, banding, and releasing hummingbirds.
Celebration participants will have the chance to “adopt” a bird to
receive updates if it is recaptured.
Attend hummingbird seminars led by local experts Visit with Wild
Birds Unlimited to see an assortment of products for attracting hummingbirds and
other pollinators to your yard and garden. Tour our Monarch WayStation.
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about our new Pollinator Planting made possible by a grant from the Illinois
Clean Energy Community Foundation. Buzz on down to our Sap & Honey House to see
a bee hive up-close, sample honey, and learn from members of the Central
Illinois Beekeeping Association!
Visit our webpage at
to find a complete schedule of events, updated program information, and previews
of the days’ activities as the festival approaches.
Please Note: Guests will not be permitted on the grounds before 10:00
a.m. on the day of the festival.
Sugar Grove Nature Center is located in beautiful, historic Funks Grove, just
south of Bloomington-Normal. For a map and directions to the Nature Center,
membership and program information visit us on-line at
Sugar Grove Nature Center.]