E-Learning

Online learning opportunities have greatly shifted to digital environments putting learning at your fingertips. What started as a way
to support student learning for our local teachers and parents during the Covid-19 pandemic, has expanded to include something
for everyone! The Conservation District has put together additional online learning resources that include a variety of ways to for
students, volunteers, individuals, and families to get enlightened and inspired by the natural world. Use the E-learning opportunities
to enhance your on-site experiences.

Explore the creative resources and check back frequently, as we will continue to add more.

Education Resources

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Virtual Field Studies
Spring is one of our favorite times for class field studies (field trips). With the extra precautions being taken, these field studies have had to  be cancelled or postponed. We wanted to give students the opportunity to still experience our sites while at home, but while originally created for teachers and students, Virtual Field Studies is great for all ages who want to discover more!
Virtual Field Study: Festival of the Sugar Maples
Virtual Field Study: Restoring Glacial Park
Virtual Field Study: At Home in the Woods
Virtual Field Study: Early Spring Wildflower Walk


Field Study Resources: 
Predator / Prey
Animal Adaptations

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Lost Valley Nature Detectives

Join Amber as she shows viewers how to make a reusable bag using an old T-Shirt. 
MAY - FROGS (Activity Sheet)  (Craft Video)
APRIL - RECYCLING (Activity Sheet) (Craft Video)

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Discover Nature Resources
Check out these digital and printable resources created by our staff to help guide your Nature Discoveries.
Just for Fun - Word Search
Spring Scavenger Hunt
Bird Matchmaker 
Bird Sound Scavenger Hunt

Spring Birding Mid Arrivals - Copy
Migration Madness -
Eyes to the skies! Learn more about are feathered friends and their spring and fall migration patterns. Print out the Bird Idsheets and grab your binoculars. 
Spring Birding - Early Arrivals
Spring Birding - Mid Arrivals
Spring Birding - Late Arrivals
Spring Birding - Waterfowl 

Education for Adults

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Tom Talks
Dr. Tom Simpson, Research Field Station Ecologist, is hosting a series of webinars for volunteers. We'll be posting videos of these webinars here for the public. Check back soon! Want to be notified to register for free Zoom webinar?  Contact JBero@MCCDistrict.org.
Stalking the Elusive White Oak  (Part 1)    (Part 2)
Walking Behind the Glaciers
A Step Back in Time 
Spirits of the Spring: Woodland Wildflowers
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Soils - But Were Afraid to Ask
People & Fire: A Very Old Relationship 

 Additional Video Series

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Wonders of the Wild 
Have You Ever Wondered...Why snakes stick out their tongues? How an owl's flight can be so silent? What a sandhill crane eats? Where monarch butterflies go in the winter? How a beaver can withstand the cold water in winter? Education Program Coordinator Kim Compton explores these questions and more in our environmental education series, perfect for all ages.

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Behind the Scenic Views
Looking for something for older children in middle school or high school? In our Behind the Scenic Views series, experts at the Conservation District discuss recent projects including things like wetland restoration and mussel surveys. 

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Trail Tips
Spring is a great time to learn about baby wildlife and what we should do if we come across them. Our Trail Tips series with Wildlife Resource Specialist Beth teaches viewers about the stages of local wildlife young, and the way their parents care for and protect them. 

Social Media Fun

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Turtle Personality Quiz
Which McHenry County Turtle are you most like? Take the quiz and share with your friends!

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Draw a Bird Day
Participate in #DrawABirdDay on April 8 by completing this drawing. Share with us on social media!

External Resources

NPR Wow in the World
Explore Wildlife Live Cams
NOVA (offers a variety of videos accompanied by lesson plans on topics such as migration, monarchs, and more)