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

volunteer in historical attire knitting Harvest Gathering of 1858

Sunday, November 9, Drop in 12–4 p.m.
Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park

Step back in time to the 1850’s Powers-Walker House at harvest time. Try your hand at corn shelling, grinding corn into flour, or making a corn husk or yarn doll. Witness harvest activities like the baking of bread in the wood-burning cookstove and making candles for the wintertime. Tour the historic farmhouse or visit with a Cavalry sergeant as he demonstrates weapons of the era used to protect these frontier lands. No registration required. All ages.

Children's Story HourChildren’s Story Time

Sunday, November 9
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake
Enhance your sense of wonder by introducing fiction into your nature experience. Enjoy part of your Sunday afternoon listening to a story:When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan, taking an exploratory hike, and making a craft to take home. No registration required. All ages.

checking the geocache coordinatesCache Your Way
Across McHenry County GEOTOUR—

Turn your next staycation, day trip or geocaching expedition into an extraordinary adventure. This GeoTour highlights 15 of the best District spots where gamers are led along unique trails, under bridges, and to historic sites. Download passports…

Lost Valley Ventures

Lost Valley Ventures —
Family Exploration Programs!

Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m.
No program Nov. 22 or 29.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park

October–Bird Migration
NovemberWhite-tailed Deer

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

Site Advisories

[Updated 10/27/14]


Upcoming Sites & Trail Closings:   

Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 14-16   Hickory Grove Highlands


Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 14-16  Lyons Prairie & Marsh, Stickney Run, Silver Creek and Hickory Grove Riverfront campground and trail to Silver Creek (open for fishing)


Nov. 1 thru Jan. 18    High Point, Winding Creek, and County Line Road Access


Nov. 21-23   Glacial Park & Lost Valley Visitor Center, Beck's Woods, Coral Woods, Marengo Woods, Pleasant Valley and Rush Creek


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Fall issue (Sept.-Oct.-Nov.):

Long-Legged Wetland Waders

Moving Day! Migration Madness

The Role of the Conservation District

Research Roundup

Prairieview Education Center

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