McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)

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learning to make recycled paper at Earth DayEarth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 26,
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake

Rain or shine! Carpool to the event with friends to enter the raffle for a free picnic shelter reservation!

Live Music:
11 a.m. — Drum Circle
11:30 a.m. — Off Square Music featuring local musicians.
1 p.m. Bill Kehl's Earth, Music…Magic! family concert
2 p.m. & 3 p.m. — Off Square Music featuring local musicians

Scheduled Activities: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Guided Nature Hikes • 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Puppet Show

Ongoing: Recycling Drop-Off • Games & Crafts • Over 20 Environmentally Themed Exhibitors • Food & Beverage Vendors – Duke’s Ale House and Pop’s Premier Kettle Corn, or bring your own “No waste” picnic lunch.


HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING DROP OFF:Accepted items: eectronics (computers & accessories, TVs, stereos, etc), small appliances
(microwaves must be clean), clean Styrofoam, packing peanuts, re-useable bubble wrap,Christmas lights, fluorescent tubes,, VHS tapes, CDs, cassettes, household batteries and athletic shoes.  Donation requested (up to $35) for large TVs or monitors to offset recycling costs.

No smoke detectors, medical devices, console TVs, car batteries, or paint cans.

Making lace Living History Open Houses

Sunday, May 18

Drop in Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park

No registration required.
Drop in any time during the open hours.

Come visit this Greek Revival 1854 restored house and learn more about the resident families that called this area home.

Lost Valley Ventures

Lost Valley Ventures —
Family Exploration Programs!

Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m., No program 4/26.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park

April's –Life in a Log;  May–Frogs

Bring the family for a free afternoon of a nature craft, lesson, game and hike. Topics change monthly…


Site Advisories

[Updated 4/8/14]


Prairie Trail South @ Willow Rd/wash plant Closed
April 7-18; 
Monday - Friday - due to erosion control and bank stabilization. Open on weekends.  See Map


Ridgefield Trace from MCC to Oak St. Closed
April 17-25
for Com-Ed work - No thru traffic.


Rush Creek Horse Trail Closed


View the entire list of seasonal alerts and closures…

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The District's free quarterly magazine, filled with news, programs and events.

Spring issue (March-April-May)

Nippersink Creek Aquatic Restoration

Third Generation Prairie –A grassland bird study

“Illinois Green Fleet”

 Summer Camps

The McHenry County Conservation District exists to preserve, restore, and manage natural areas and
open spaces for their intrinsic value and for the benefits to present and future generations.
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