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

  People and Nature Programs

 

Outdoor classroomWhat are the People and Nature Programs?

Open House: Tuesday, July 8
Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park

Drop-in 7–8:30 p.m., FREE
Special presentation at 7:15 p.m.:"Flowers of the prairie"

Here is your chance to have all of your questions answered –
PLUS… get a $15 credit toward your next workshop!
Returning participants welcome. The People and Nature Program is designed to serve the homeowner, volunteer steward, nature educator, or lover of the outdoors.



People and Nature Programs are a series of workshops designed for people who enjoy living in, working with, and talking about nature. Natural areas are under constant threat from exotic weeds, pollution, and development. Learning about the problems, talking to others about them, and making our home and business landscapes more nature-friendly is the best way to protect and enjoy nature. Be part of the solution!

To learn more about the People and Nature Program, contact Tom Simpson, Research Field Station Ecologist at tsimpson@mccdistrict.org or call (815) 678-4532 x 8218. Most classes take place at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Rd. in Ringwood.


Solo classes or Certificates? Workshops can be taken by themselves in your area of interest or to earn an Ecological Restoration certificate. There are ten workshops required for a certificate; these required workshops are marked with an “R”.

 

NEW in 2014 — Register for the workshops directly with the Conservation District.

 

 

Basic Botany CANCELLED

Saturday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 R/ $45 NR Min/Max 10/20
Instructor: Tom Simpson, Research Field Station Ecologist
Glacial Park, Lost Valley Visitor Center, Savanna Room, Ringwood

Plants aren’t like you and me! They don’t move around, think, talk, or daydream. Some live for only a few weeks and some for thousands of years. They can be as small as a snowflake or as large as a small building, have no stem at all or thousands of stems, no leaves of millions of leaves, cover acres of ground or be as small as the head of a pin—yet they all descend from the same primordial ancestor. Learn the basics about the mysterious world of plants and investigate basic flower structure, plant metabolism and plant reproduction. The workshop includes both hands-on lab experience and lecture-discussion. We will supply hand lens, but bring your own lens if you have one. Bring a lunch and something to drink.

 

Plants of Prairies and Savannas (R)

Saturday, August 9, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 R/ $45 NR Min/Max 10/20
Instructor: Laurie Ryan, Plant Ecologist
Glacial Park, Lost Valley Visitor Center, Savanna Room, Ringwood

Prairies and savannas were the most common ecosystem types in McHenry County prior to European contact, and many hundreds of plant species inhabited them. Learning to identify these plants will help the restorationist restore these ecosystems and also appreciate their beauty and diversity. Students will be introduced to many of the species of prairies and savannas that are encountered in ecological restoration. Most of the class will be outdoors; dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch and something to drink.

 

Woody Plants & Ecological Restoration I (R)

Saturday, August 16, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 R/ $45 NR Min/Max 10/20
Instructor: Tom Simpson, Research Field Station Ecologist
Glacial Park, Lost Valley Visitor Center, Savanna Room, Ringwood

Trees and shrubs made up an important part of the vegetation of McHenry County prior to European contact, and many of our native plants and animals are dependent on forest, woodland, and savanna ecosystems. Since European settlement, exotic and invasive woody plants have been among the most troublesome weeds of natural areas, and removing them is an important part of restoration. For this reason, telling the difference between invasive species and native species is critical to success. Students will be introduced to many of the common woody species that are encountered in ecological restoration. Most of the class will be outdoors; dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch and something to drink.

 

2014 FALL SCHEDULE PREVIEW

Restoring Vegetation [R]—September
Weeds and What We Do About Them: Invasive Plant Management [R]—September
Geology and Soil [R]—September
Taking the Mystery Out of Using Native Plants in Your Garden—November
Woody Plants II: Tree and Shrub Identification in Winter—December

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