|Lost Valley Ventures — Family Exploration Programs! — Ongoing, topics change monthly|
|Festival of the Sugar Maples — March 8 & 9, 15 & 16||Family Fishing Fun Fair — April 5|
|Living History Open Houses — April 6 & May 18||Earth Day Celebration 2014 — April 26|
|Migratory Bird Day: Bird Banding Demos — April 26 & April 27||
Star Party — April 26
|Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes Clean-Up — May 3||Paddle in the Park — May 17|
|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 March 8, 15 or April 26.
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: March–Wetland Birds; April–Life in a Log; May–Frogs. 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]
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]
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!
Stop for breakfast before or after the festival… FREE shuttle service available between 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each Sunday:
Lion's Club annual Pancake Breakfast, $3 per Child/$6 per Adult
March 9, 7 a.m.–Noon
South Union Roadhouse (Donley's)
8512 South Union Rd., Union. (banquet facility side, bar will be open)
March 16, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Marengo United Methodist Church
119 E. Washington, Marengo. [Top]
Saturday, April 5
7:00–9:00 a.m. Rush Creek Conservation Area, Harvard (4 acre pond)
10:00 a.m.–Noon Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, Woodstock (2 acre pond)
1:00–3:00 p.m. Fel-Pro RRR West Entrance, Cary—West Pond (1 acre pond Note: It is a .4 mile walk-in from parking lot to pond.)
Join us at the school of fishing fun! Choose from one of three sessions at different locations offered throughout the county. Spend time with District biologists and fishing experts as they host a ‘put and take’ Rainbow Trout fishing experience for children only under age 16. All family members can take part in the on shore activities, but fishing is for kids only and is intended to excite youth about the sport of fishing.
Highlights include: Tips & Techniques for Trout Fishing | Knot Tying | Casting
During each session a limited amount of equipment will be available for use, as well as free bait, great fishing maps, giveaways, rules and regulations, and information on Illinois fish species. Each location has been chosen specifically to offer the best fishing opportunities for families with children under the age of 16. No registration required. [Top]
Sunday, April 6 & Sunday, May 18,
Drop in 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park
No registration required. Drop in any time during the open hours.
Come visit this Greek Revival 1854 restored house and learn more about the resident families that called this area home. April’s open house will focus on the Powers’ sons and their contributions to the Civil War. May will feature Samuel Walker, a prominent and influential man who lived in the house after the Civil War (late 1800s). Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer your questions.
May is “Look at Local History Month”
Enter the door to history… McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Put a visit to the museum on your list of things to do this month! Located in Union, the McHenry County Historical Society and Museum hosts a number of exhibits, services and special events. Museum hours: May–October, Tues.–Fri. from 1–4 p.m., and Sundays 1–4 p.m.; located at 6422 Main Street Union; (815) 923-2267; www.mchsonline.org [Top]
Join McHenry County Conservation District &
the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County…
Saturday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake
The event is held both indoors and out and will go on rain or shine!
Carpool to the event with friends to enter the raffle for a free picnic shelter reservation!
11:00 a.m. — Drum Circle
11:30 a.m. — Off Square Music will provide musical sets featuring talented local musicians.
1:00 p.m. — Family Concert featuring Bill Kehl's Earth, Music…Magic! Enjoy a fun, interactive musical enrichment presentation featuring primitive musical instruments, from all over the world. Songs, stories, humor and joyful spontaneous audience participation combined for a magical combination designed to leave the audience more inspired about the wonder of the our beautiful planet.
2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m — Off Square Music will provide musical sets featuring talented local musicians
Scheduled Activities: 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Guided Nature Hikes • 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Puppet Show
Ongoing: Recycling Drop-Off • Games & Crafts • Over 20 Environmentally Themed Exhibitors • Food & Beverage Vendors–Duke’s Ale House and Pop’s Premier Kettle Corn, or bring your own “No waste” picnic lunch.
HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING DROP OFF: A variety of items will be accepted for recycling including athletic shoes, batteries, fluorescent tubes and polystyrene foam. Check back prior to the event for a complete list of accepted items and any associated drop-off fees. [Top]
Hosted by USFWS & Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27
Drop in anytime to see the banders at work.
Lost Valley Visitor Center – Glacial Park, Rt. 31 & Harts Rd in Ringwood
Photo courtesy of Steve Winter/USFWS. [Top]
Hosted by Northwest Suburban Astronomers
Saturday, April 26, 7–10 p.m.
Marengo Ridge, Shelter #2 parking lot
Look at stars, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters with the help of NSA member telescopes. Observing highlights will include the planets Mars and Jupiter, The Great Orion Nebula, The Double Cluster, Globular Clusters M3, M5 and M13, and other deep sky objects.
Dress for a chilly evening and bring a flashlight covered with red plastic or cellophane (red light preserves your night vision). Please arrive around 7:00 p.m. or come early and hike the trails. You are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars. In the event of inclement weather the event will be canceled. Visit the NSA website www.nsaclub.org for info. [Top]
We need your help!
Saturday, May 3, 8:00 a.m.–Noon
Here is your chance to enhance our Fox River habitat for people and animals by volunteering to pick up trash. The Conservation District is joining forces with the Fox Waterway Agency. There will be opportunities to work from the shoreline or from your boat. Help a habitat and earn a T-shirt (while supplies last). Site locations and updates will be listed on the District’s website in April. Hey teens, this is a great way to earn service hours!
For info or to sign up contact:
Anne Basten at (815) 338-6223 x1234; Mary Kozub at (815) 678-4532 x8117; or Kristine Pearson at Fox Waterway (847) 587-8540 for boat based sites and the Chain O’Lakes [Top]
Saturday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
The Hollows – Lake Atwood Shelter
3804 U.S. Hwy. 14, Cary
• Take a canoe or kayak paddling clinic. • Test-paddle canoes, kayaks or stand up paddle boards from local retailers to find the one that is right for you. • See demonstrations of paddling, rolling and rescue techniques. • Paddle a voyageur canoe. • Learn about local canoe and kayak clubs, paddling opportunities, outfitters, and adventures available right here in the Midwest.
One time $5.00 per person fee for all instructional clinics and/or to test water crafts.
General entry is FREE. Registration is not required for this special event.
Participants: Illinois Paddling Council; US Coast Guard Auxiliary; local canoe and kayak clubs such as Prairie State Canoeists,
and Southwest Brigade; local outfitters such as Tip-A-Canoe Canoe Rental Company, Flatwater Canoe and Kayak Rental;
plus retailers, including Erehwon Mountain Outfitter, Alpine Accessories, and Capsurz-windproof your cap. [Top]