|Lost Valley Ventures — Family Exploration Programs! — Ongoing, topics change monthly|
|Historical Holidays Open House — Dec. 14||NEW!! Open Mic Night — Dec. 20|
|Hike or Ski solar lit trails — Nov. 3–March 9||Christmas Tree Recycling — Dec. 26–Jan.15|
|Seize the Day! — December/January/February||
Cross-Country Candlelight Ski — January/February
|Valentine’s Day Celebration Under the Stars — Feb. 14||Festival of the Sugar Maples — March 8 & 9, 15 & 16|
|Traveling Exhibit: Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century — Jan. 4 thru March 1|
|Plein Air Art Exhibit:Trails, Paths and Waterways — Feb. 2 thru March 29, Artist reception: Feb. 9|
Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m. No program Dec. 7 or 14.
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: December–Nature Crafts; January–Animal Tracks; February–Coyotes. 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]
Saturday, December 14, Drop in 12:00–4:00 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. Enjoy the scents of cooking on the wood stove and see the fresh tree decorated with homemade and natural trimmings. 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. [Top]
Solar lighted trails are open thru March 9
Two sites are open late for hiking or cross country skiing when the conditions are right:
Pleasant Valley(closed for hunting Nov. 22–24 & Dec. 5–8)
13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock
Hickory Grove Highlands (closed for hunting Nov. 8–10)
500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary
Friday, December 20, 8:00–11:00 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Valley Overlook Room in Glacial Park
In keeping with the Conservation District’s commitment to supporting talented local and regional musicians, we would like to announce our first ever open mic night! Bring your instruments and favorite songs, stories, or poems to share, or just come to listen. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available.
The snow has fallen and it’s time to drop everything and enjoy it!
Sign up to receive an e-mail or phone call that will let you know when and where we will be in the next 24 hours to take advantage of the SNOW!!
Will it be …a Cross-Country Ski Lesson at Prairieview? …a Snowshoe Hike at Pleasant Valley? …Night Sledding at Glacial Park?
Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that there’s no snow when snow programs are planned, but then plenty of snow when they aren’t? We have, too! In December, January & February staff members will be on call to offer a program or activity when we get that perfect snow. We’ll send a message 24 hours in advance with an invitation to join us when conditions are right!
Sound good? Call (815) 479-5779; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org [Top]
Dec. 26–Jan. 15
• Glacial Park, Ringwood (off Harts Rd.)
• Rush Creek, Harvard (at twin oaks parking area—west of pond)
• Algonquin Township Headquarters (3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake)
Tinsel and decorations must be removed. If trees are transported in a bag, please remove the bag. Commercial drop-offs are prohibited. Trees are processed into mulch, which will be available free of charge at a later date. For details call (815)?338-6223. [Top]
Two Candlelight Skis will be held this winter on both Friday and Saturday evenings from 5–9 p.m. — one in January and one in February following a snowfall of 4" or greater. Don’t miss your chance to cross-country ski on trails lit only by candlelight! Bring your own skis and enjoy refreshments afterwards around the campfire. Skiers of every level and age are welcome.
1st significant snowfall in January: The Hollows, Cary
1st significant snowfall in February: Marengo Ridge, Marengo
Check the front page of the website or Facebook for updates, call (815) 338-6223 ext. 0 or sign up for e-mail notification at MCCD@MCCDistrict.org. You can always ski on your own at one of the District's seven groomed trails during daylight hours, view the list and trail conditions. [Top]
January 4–March 1
Lost Valley Visitor Center—Glacial Park
The Bell Museum of Natural History, in cooperation with the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, is pleased to offer Wolves and Wild Lands, a timely new exhibition about wolves and their closely related cousins, the red wolf and coyote. The story of wolves in North America takes us to many places, from the Arctic to the southwestern United States. And for every region where wolves thrive—or struggle to survive—cultural and economic pressures continue to shape their existence. This exhibition provides a compelling, continental perspective on wolves today. Organized by region, each wolf is presented in its human and natural-history context. Photo by Eric Cole/USFWS.
Wolves in the Far North—Can they be hunted and their populations sustained?
Wolves in the Rocky Mountains—Will land development crowd them out?
Wolves in the Midwest—Can people change how they live to make living with wolves easier?
Wolves in the Northeast—Will wolves return to their old haunts?
Wolves in the Southeast—Do coyotes threaten the survival of the red wolf?
Wolves in the Southwest—When they prey upon livestock, who gets hurt, the rancher, the wolf, or both?
Coyotes in North America—Will coyotes win out over wolves in the competition for food and space?
Special Exhibit by McHenry County Plein Air Painters
February 2–March 29
Prairieview Education Center—Crystal Lake
Artist Reception: Sunday, February 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Artists will be on hand to discuss their work. Light refreshments will be served.
Local artists capture the variety of beauty that unfolds while traveling through McHenry County Conservation District's sites. Come and enjoy paintings, prints, drawings, and photography
of your favorite sites. McHenry County Plein Air Painters are a loosely knit group of artists from Northern Illinois who take pleasure in the pursuit of painting the great outdoors while enjoying the companionship of other artists. We offer our work in the form of shows, workshops, and discussions so that more may come to embrace the outdoor experience expressed through paint. www.papigroup.net
Part of the artists' sales will be donated to the Conservation District. [Top]
Friday, February 14, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center
Enjoy a LOVEly evening with your family or that special someone under the full moon and stars!
An array of activities are planned for all ages and there’ll be some tasty sweet treats around the campfire. FREE!
Schedule of Activities:
6:00 p.m. Fireside Storytelling
6:30 p.m. Children’s Puppet Show
7:00 p.m. Children’s Nature Activities Stations
7:00 p.m. Adult Presentation on Animal Courtship
7:30 p.m. Hike under the Full Moon and along a Luminary Lit Trail
8:00 p.m. Fireside Storytelling
Ongoing: Check out the moon, stars and other celestial wonders through telescopes. | Cook s’mores over the fire and sip on hot chocolate. | Create a special craft to bring home. [Top]
March 8 & 9 and 15 & 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Coral Woods Conservation Area
7400 Somerset, Marengo
• Hear how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago…
• Discover how maple trees produce sap each spring…
• Learn how sap is collected from maple trees…
• See how maple syrup is made at the evaporator house!
Check back in February for additional event details. [Top]