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

OUTDOOR FEST—A Celebration of Green 
Healthy Living Saturday, September 20 3:00–7:00 p.m.

Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area
1520 Crystal Lake Rd., Cary

Live Music

3–4:30 Jeff Trudell (acoustic rock favorites)

5–7 p.m. Miles Over Mountains (Bluegrass)


• Disc Golf • Bags • Pick-up Games • Exhibitors •
• Food • Fun Run @ 2:30 • Geocaching • Fly Fishing Clinic
1 Mile Fun Run @ 2:30 p.m Bike Drive

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Children’s Story Time

Oct. 12 & Nov. 9
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center

Enhance your sense of wonder by introducing fiction into your nature experience. Enjoy part of your Sunday afternoon listening to a story, taking an exploratory hike, and making a craft to take home. No registration required. All ages.
OctoberRed Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by Lois Ehlert.


Special Guest Author Presentation & Book Signing

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Author
Braiding Sweetgrass & Gathering Moss

Saturday, Sept. 27    7 p.m. FREE
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park

Robin will share her insights, scientific knowledge, and teachings. As a botanist, Robin has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. She embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In a rich braid of reflections, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. Books available for sale that evening as well as at Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock. For additional information or to register call the Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779.

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

September–Fun with Flowers
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 9/17/14]


Upcoming Sites & Trail Closing:   

Oct. 17-19, 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)


Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 14-16    Hickory Grove Highlands


Nov. 1 thru Jan. 18    High Point and Winding Creek, 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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The District's FREE quarterly magazine,
filled with news, programs and events.

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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