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MCCD plans nature programs for fall

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District offers a variety of programs this fall.

• How to Succeed as a Seed: 10:30 to noon Sept. 22 at Lake in the Hills Fen Conservation Area, 1500 Jefferson St., Lake in the Hills. What really happens to seeds? How do they travel so far? Where do they all end up? What is success for a seed? Participants will answer these and other questions with the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation Department. Participants should dress for a hike. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The program is for children ages 6 to 8, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Sept. 17.

• Nature’s Shadow: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Lakewood entrance of the Exner Marsh Conservation Area and Lakewood and Miller roads in Lake in the Hills. Sunlight, shadows, wind and weather, daylight and night are all related to the sun’s power. Participants will learn about how living things are affected by these changes. They should dress for a hike. The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. The programs is for children ages 8 to 10. The registration deadline is Monday.

• Autumn Splendor: 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. After a walk, participants can use their favorite art medium to paint, draw, write or photograph the beauty they find. Some art supplies will be available, but participants are invited to bring their own. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. The program is for ages 14 and older. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

• Stroller Strut: 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at Fox Bluff Conservation Area, Cary-Algonquin and Cold Springs roads, Cary. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own water. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The program is for children ages infant to 5 years old, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Sept. 22.

• Wooly Bears: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. Everyone recognizes these “furry” orange and black caterpillars, but what they will become? Or why they are on the move this time of year? And do they really predict the weather? Participants should dress for the weather and a short hike. The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 6 to 11. The registration deadline is Sept. 28.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at Paulsen Road Shelter – Brookdale Conservation Area, 18410 Route 14, Woodstock. Participants can enjoy a game, craft, snack and other educational activities all based around the day’s theme. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Sept. 29.

• Sunset from the Kames: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Kettle Parking Lot at Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. One of the highest points in McHenry County offers a spectacular view of the sunset over Nippersink Creek and a place to relax after a guided hike through Glacial Park. Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. It is for those ages 14 and older. The registration deadline is Sept. 30.

• Migratory Hawk Hike: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Wiedrich Barn in Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood. Participants will learn about hawks, their fall migration patterns and identification tips. After a presentation, participants will hike the trails in Glacial Park. The program will end at the amphitheater with a live raptor presentation. Participants can bring their own binoculars; a limited supply will be available to borrow. Note: A separate but simultaneous program geared for youth is offered. Both programs will meet at the amphitheater for the final presentation. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. It is for those ages 14 and older. The registration deadline is Oct. 1.

• Tale of a Tree: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Living Land Farm, 716 E. Crystal Lake Road, Cary. Participants will explore the life of a tree, discover what makes trees so special and learn how they supply food and shelter for a variety of wildlife. Dress for a hike. The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 8 to 10. The registration deadline is Oct. 1.

• Sustainability 101: Food Preservation: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Participants will learn food preservation techniques from Rich Tobiasz who is a volunteer for the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Program and has completed master composter and master preserver training. Freezing, drying, canning and the use of a root cellar are some of the topics that will be covered. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. It is for those ages 14 and older. The registration deadline is Oct. 2.

• Whose Bed is This?: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Together, participants will read “The Very Best Bed” by Rebekah Raye and then head out to the woodland. Participants should dress for the weather. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 5 to 8, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Oct. 3.

• Color of Coral: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo. A hike, game and craft are planned. The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Oct. 8.

Registration is accepted at www.mccdistrict.org, by phone at 815-479-5779, mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.

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