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MCC to offer classes about nature

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College’s Continuing Education Department is offering classes to teach new and exciting things about nature.

The following classes are available this fall:

• Camping and Hiking: The pre-trip camping/hiking meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in Room D152 at MCC, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Participants will receive information on camping/hiking location and equipment use.

The group will meet Oct. 15-16 at the campground. While hiking, participants will learn about general landforms and their relation to plants and wildlife, weather patterns, natural habitats, astronomy and edible plants.

For information, call the Continuing Education Office at 815-455-8758.

The cost is $55, and all camping fees are included. To register for the trip, use course ID: NRE S18 010.

The Ecological Restoration Certificate Program is a non-credit certificate of completion made possible through a partnership with the McHenry County Conservation District. Completion of the ERCP requires completion of 15 one-day workshops.

Fall offerings are listed below.

• ERCP – Weeds and What We Do About Them – Invasive Plant Management: Like landscapes throughout the Midwest, Glacial Park is threatened by the invasion of exotic and invasive species that could endanger the heritage of ecosystems inherited when European-American settlement began in the early 19th century.

Participants will learn how to safely and efficiently clear invasive trees, along with how to apply herbicides for the best effect. Much of the day will be spent outdoors, so dress for the weather. Bring a lunch and something to drink.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park. The cost is $50. Use course ID: NPG S15 010 to register.

• ERCP – Changes in Native Landscapes – Focus on Wetlands: The ways in which nature changed 200 years ago are radically different than the way it is changing today.

Decades of farming produced alterations in the natural landscape – streams were straightened, wetlands drained, and prairies plowed, but a more insidious and equally important kind of change is happening today. Learn how to best respond as the custodians of these natural landscapes.

Participants will spend much of the day outdoors and must come prepared for the weather. Bring a lunch and something to drink.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park. The cost is $50. Use course ID: NPG S16 010 to register.

To register, call the MCC Registration Office at 815-455-8588.

For information, call Dori Smith at 815-455-8559 or Tracy Berry at 815-455-8758.

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