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
Living History Events at Powers-Walker House — Nov. 9   Children’s Story Time Nov. 9
Special Guest Author & Book signing — Postponed, new date soon  


Cache your way across Mchenry County GEOTOUR — Ongoing


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.

Harvest Gathering of 1858 

Sunday, November 9, 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Step back in time to the 1850’s Powers-Walker House at harvest time. Try your hand at corn shelling, grinding corn into flour, or making a corn husk or yarn doll. Witness harvest activities like the baking of bread in the wood-burning cookstove and making candles for the wintertime. Tour the historic farmhouse to learn more about its restoration, or visit with a Cavalry sergeant and his horse as they demonstrate the weapons of the era used to protect these frontier lands. [Top]

Children's Story TimeChildren’s Story Time…

Sunday, November 9
2:00–3:00 p.m. FREE

Prairieview Education Center, Room 210, Crystal Lake

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 based on the story. A different story will be read at each session: NovemberWhen Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan. No registration required; all ages welcome.[Top]

Lost Valley Ventures—Family Exploration Programs!

Lost Valley VenturesSaturdays, 2–3:30 p.m.
No program November 22 or 29.

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: OctoberBird Migration; NovemberWhite-tailed Deer 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]


Special Guest Author Presentation & Book Signing

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Author Braiding Sweetgrass


Postponed due to ongoing Airline delays — new date to be scheduled
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: 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 and at Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock. Register online or call the Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779. [Top]

Cache Your Way Across McHenry County
GEOTOURchecking the geocache coordinates

Official Launch Date: August 1, 2014

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—

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