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

  Special Events

Lost Valley Ventures — Family Exploration Programs!  — Ongoing, topics change monthly
First Friday Concerts — Aug. 1, Sept. 5   Living History Open Houses — July 20, Aug. 17
Cache your way across Mchenry County –
GEOTOUR & Pre-Launch Picnic
— July 27
  National Night Out — Aug. 5


Lost Valley Ventures—Family Exploration Programs!

Lost Valley VenturesSaturdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
No program July 5.

Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Come to Glacial Park for our Saturday exploration programs.

Topics change monthly:June–Salamanders; July–Butterflies; August–Pioneer Play and include a nature lesson, game, and a hike. Programs are held primarily outdoors, so dress for the weather and walking. No registration required. All ages are welcome.

This program is intended for families and cannot accommodate organized groups. Youth groups are welcome to call to schedule a program for their group. Check out our “Education and Recreation Opportunities for Youth Groups” brochure for more information. [Top]

Living History Events at Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park

demonstrating historical land survey methodsvolunteer in historical attire knittinga cavalry man and his horseyarn spinning demonstrationplaying old-time games at Powers-Walker House

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

Living History Open Houses

Sundays, July 20 & August 17. Drop in Noon – 4 p.m.

Come visit this Greek Revival 1854 restored house and learn more about the resident families that called this area home. July’s open house will feature the Miller family who inhabited the area during the World War I era, while August’s open house will feature the Schaeffer and Steinmetz families, who lived in the area during the World War II era. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer your questions. [Top]

Interested in taking a tour of the Powers-Walker House?

The Powers-Walker house will be open a variety of weekend afternoons. Look for the “open” sign and feel free to stop by for a free tour. You will learn about the architecture and furnishings of this restored Greek Revival home, as well as about the volunteer efforts to restore it to its original condition. Experience the “feel” of an 1850’s early settlement house and enjoy some peaceful time looking out over the restored marsh and wetlands. [Top]


7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Site closes at 9 p.m.

Lost Valley Visitor Center Patio, Glacial Park

Join us on the first Friday of each month this summer for an evening of music and nature.
Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy the beautiful view from the Lost Valley Visitor Center patio and stay for a free concert from talented regional musicians.

Note: No glass containers. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors.

Aug 1: Diego Alonso Flamenco Ensemble

The Diego Alonso Flamenco Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance. Like jazz, flamenco has roughly 400 structured forms that the dancers and musicians can improvise rhythmically, melodically, and dynamically. Guitarist Diego Alonso, singer Patricia Ortega and flamenco dancer Ronaldo Monge are sure to dazzle you with their talent.

Sept 5: Cheryl Niemo and the Down Home Boys

With all players from McHenry and Boone Counties, this truly local band plays American Roots music, a delicious blend of Old Time Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and Country Blues. Their music spans the decades from as early as 1865 and travels through the present. Cheryl, Pete Jonsson (guitar and vocals), Marty Brunkalla (mandolin and fiddle), and Al Fyfe (stand up bass) will delight you with their down home music. [Top]


National Night OutPrecision Riding Motorcycle demonstration

Tuesday, August 5, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Harrison Benwell Conservation Area
7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake

McHenry County Conservation District, McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Wonder Lake Fire Departments team up to present National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime to promote crime prevention and safety programs, while strengthening police-community partnerships and encouraging neighborhood camaraderie. The evening is action packed with food and fun for the entire family.

Stop by for complimentary food and beverages and enjoy the ongoing activities. Information booths include: Electronic Fingerprinting ID System for Children, Child Passenger Safety Information, Project S.W.E.E.P., as well as various police and fire equipment that will be on display. Check back for event updates.

5:30 p.m. Extrication–Wonder Lake Fire Protection Department
5:50 p.m. Precision Riding Motorcycle Demo–McHenry County Conservation District
6:10 p.m. Police K9 Demo–McHenry County Sheriff's Office
6:50 p.m. Extrication–Wonder Lake Fire Protection Department
7:10 p.m. Precision Riding Motorcycle Demo–McHenry County Conservation District [Top]

Cache Your Way Across McHenry County
GEOTOURchecking the geocache coordinates

Official Launch Date: August 1

GeoTours are specifically designed to turn your next staycation, day trip or geocaching expedition into an extraordinary adventure. Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoTour highlights 15 of the best District spots where gamers will be led along unique trails, under bridges, to historic sites, or in the middle of a majestic oak woodland. At each stop, cachers will be introduced to a variety of interesting facts, fun tidbits, stories, quizzes and a question to answer in your GeoTour Passport. There is a special first-to-find prize in all the caches. Those who complete all 15 caches will earn the District’s newest geocoin. A couple of the caches have travel bugs. Please move these bugs along and do not keep them; you will get your own to keep when you successfully complete the tour! Once you complete all the caches, bring your passport to one of our visitor centers to claim a coin; or e-mail a copy to

Download passports and program information from our website starting August 1—

GEOTOUR Pre-Launch Picnic

Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, Cary

Here’s your opportunity to learn about the ever growing outdoor acting of geocaching, get psyched about the launch of the District’s 1st GEOTOUR, and meet other geocaching, adventurous families.

Fel-Pro RRR is also home to many caches as well as a variety of recreational opportunities; bring a picnic lunch, your volleyball, basketball, horseshoes or disc golf equipment, and of course your GPS device and enjoy the afternoon. [Top]

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