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MCCD offers adults, children discovery programs in June

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District offers a variety of ways for families to make summer discoveries outdoors.

Registration is required for the following programs.

• Bubbling Bobolinks: 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 19 at Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. This evening walk will search for grassland birds at Glacial Park. Listen for the “bubbling” calls of the bobolink along the way. After the walk, participants will gather at the Powers-Walker House to tally the bird counts and share refreshments. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them. The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. It is meant for those 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Thursday.

• Birding by Balcony: Summer Birds: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 20 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Participants will gather at the Lost Valley Visitor Center, where they can look out the windows or off the balcony at vast acres of wetlands. Binoculars and field guides will be available. Participants should dress for the weather if they want to be able to go out on the balcony. The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. It is meant for those 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Friday.

• Afternoon Adventures: Coyotes and Foxes and Wolves, Oh My!: 1 to 4 p.m. June 21 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Center Enjoy three hours filled with games, activities and crafts based on the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The program is $6 for county residents and $7.50 for nonresidents. It is meant for children ages 5 to 7. The registration deadline is Saturday.

• Morning Meanders: Wiggly Worms: 9 a.m. to noon July 3 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Enjoy three hours filled with games, activities and crafts based on the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The program is $6 for county residents and $7.50 for nonresidents. It is meant for children ages 5 to 7. The registration deadline is June 28.

• Morning Meanders: Busy Bees: 9 a.m. to noon July 5 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Enjoy three hours filled with games, activities and crafts based on the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The program is $6 for county residents and $7.50 for nonresidents. It is meant for children ages 5 to 7. The registration deadline is June 30.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 6 at Hickory Grove Riverfront, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. Enjoy a morning of fun walking from station to station, playing games, making a craft, eating a snack and more. All activities are theme-based. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. It is meant for children ages 2 to 6 accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is July 1.

Visit www.mccdistrict.org to view the programs in greater detail or sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter Landscapes. Registration is accepted online, by phone at 815-479-5779, mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.

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