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
Earth Day Celebration 2014 — April 26   Star Party — April 26
Migratory Bird Day: Bird Banding Demos — April 26 & April 27  

Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes Clean-Up — May 3

Paddle in the Park — May 17   Living History Open Houses — May 18


Lost Valley Ventures—Family Exploration Programs!

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

Living History Open HouseMaking lace

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. May's open house will feature Samuel Walker, a prominent and influential man who owned 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; [Top]

Earth Day Celebration 2014learning to make recycled paper at Earth Day

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!


Live Music:
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]

Migratory Bird Day — Bird Banding Demonstrations Banding a Catbird

Hosted by USFWS & Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27
8:00–9:30 a.m.
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]

Star Party Telescope and stars

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 for info. [Top]

Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes Clean-UpClean-up at the Fox River

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]

Paddle in the ParkTesting a stand-up paddleboard

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]

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