CRYSTAL LAKE – A 9.7-acre parcel of grassland and wetland in Chemung has been donated to the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation for educational and outdoor laboratory use by McHenry County College’s Earth Sciences, Horticulture and Biology departments.
The Board of Trustees accepted the land donation Sept. 27, according to a news release.
The gift was made by John and Margaret Tures of Huntley, who eight years ago bought the property, which is adjacent to an 80-acre parcel of farmland the couple rents to a dairy farmer.
John Tures, a third-generation nursery owner, said giving the land to the college allows it to remain in its natural state while benefitting education. Educational uses include native prairie restoration, ecological studies and biology course field trips for creek water testing, aquatic plants and insects and animals.
The parcel, appraised at $30,000, is off Island Road, 22 miles northwest of the Crystal Lake campus. The site includes vegetation-lined Mokeler Creek.
“We truly appreciate this generous donation of land, which allows the college to expand science and horticulture curriculums into an outdoor setting,” said Laura Brown, vice president for Institutional Advancement.
Brown said the college has no plans to build on the property, which will be used as an outdoor academic laboratory. The college plans to use the land immediately after ownership paperwork is completed in the coming month.