| Historical Holidays
Saturday, December 14
Drop in 12–4 p.m.
Powers-Walker House & Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park
Experience holiday preparations from days of old. Step back in time and visit the 1854 restored Greek Revival, Powers-Walker House. Watch volunteers in historical attire prepare for winter and the coming holidays as families did in the mid-19th century. Stop by the Lost Valley Visitor Center to make a gift or an ornament using traditional materials and listen to seasonal songs. Enjoy the brisk winter air on a horse-drawn wagon ride, and experience the beauty of the season as it was in simpler times.
Conservation District recognized as an
"Illinois Green Fleet"
Within the District’s fleet of 63 vehicles, 50 are powered by alternative fuel vehicles: LPG (18), E-85 (29) and Hybrid (Electric 3). The cost savings operating with LPG averages to
a 10 cent savings per mile which will equate to a fuel cost savings of $10,000 per vehicle over the life of the vehicle. More
North Branch Conservation Area
North Branch Conservation Area, 11500 N. Keystone Rd. in Richmond, received the Excellence in Ecological Restoration Program’s Platinum Certification from Chicago Wilderness. North Branch received a rating of platinum which celebrates high-quality restoration and impact on the ground. The site offers visitors an excellent example of how a high-quality natural area can be protected while also allowing an opportunity for outdoor recreation. More
Hike or Ski til 9pm!
13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock
(Note: Closed Dec. 5–8)
Hickory Grove Highlands
500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary
Lost Valley Ventures —
Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m.,
No program Dec. 7 or 14.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
December's theme: Nature Crafts.
Bring the family for a free afternoon of a nature craft, lesson, game, and hike. All Ages. Topics change monthly…
Horse Trails Closed at Glacial Park and Rush Creek December 5–8.
December 5–8: Closed for hunting in area: Glacial Park & Lost Valley Visitor Center, Ringwood | Beck’s Woods, Chemung | Coral Woods, Marengo| Brookdale (trails),
Woodstock | Marengo Ridge, Marengo | Pleasant
Valley, Woodstock | Rush Creek, Harvard
Monday - Thursday, Jan. 13 – Feb. 13: Closed for hunting
Lake in the Hills Fen Conservation Area, LITH
High Point and Winding Creek: Closed for hunting
November 1–January 19.
Hickory Grove Riverfront & Dufield Pond - Pond & North Parking Lot (South Entrance Open): Closed for the season [12/5/13]
View the entire list of seasonal closures…
The District's free quarterly magazine, filled with news, programs and events.
Winter issue (Dec.-Jan.-Feb.):
Destinations for Winter Fun
Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century
Gathering of Blackbirds