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MCCD to offer August adventures

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Conservation District offers a variety of outdoor programming for children and families this month.

• Monarchs and Milkweed: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. It is almost time for the majestic monarch butterflies to begin their mass migration south. A brief overview of monarchs, their life cycle, migration patterns and programs that track their migration will be presented.

Afterward, participants will walk the trails through the summer prairie in search of monarchs and their larvae, and learn more about their host plants and migration challenges.

The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families ages 5 and up. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

• Closer Look at Illinois Wasps: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Participants will learn about the lives of Illinois wasps and the role they play in the local ecosystem. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Aug. 16.

• Insect Songs: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. As the sun warms the summer woods and fields, the air becomes filled with the sound of insect songs.

Field crickets, tree crickets, cicadas and katydids all add to the cacophony of a summer afternoon.

Together, participants will learn about their calls and try to catch them in the act.

The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families ages 5 and up. The registration deadline is Aug. 20.

• Sustainability 101: Leave No Trace: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Leave No Trace is a national and international program designed to help outdoor enthusiasts reduce the impact of recreational activities on the outdoors.

The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Aug. 23.

• Dragonflies and Damselflies: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock.

After learning all about the life cycles of these winged wonders, participants will set out to find, catch, examine and release adult insects and nymphs.

This will require exploration of both the prairie and the pond. The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families. The registration deadline is Aug. 25.

• Discovery Days – Sounds of Nature: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31 at Harrison Benwell Conservation Area, 7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake. Participants will walk from station to station, playing games, making a craft, having a snack and more.

All activities are based on the theme of the day: Sounds of nature. Included is a “listening walk” and investigating the ways animals use sound to communicate.

The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 2 to 6 who are accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Aug. 26.

For information, visit www.mccdistrict.org. 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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