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MCCD offering spring programs

WOODSTOCK – Celebrate the sights, sounds and color of spring with upcoming McHenry County Conservation District programs.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. April 22 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo. Enjoy an hour of fun playing a game, making a craft, enjoying a snack and participating in educational activities all based around the theme of the day. The program is free for county residents and costs $3 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Wednesday.

• Budding Spring: 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 22 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. Join a hike to search for all buds, big and small. Participants should dress for the weather. The program is free for county residents and costs $3 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 6 to 8, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Wednesday.

• Stroller Strut: 10 to 11 a.m. April 25 at Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary. The group will explore on this casual stroller walk. Participants should dress for the weather and bring water to ensure the comfort of their children. The program is free for county residents and costs $3 for nonresidents. It is for infants through children age 5, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is April 20.

• Butterfly Gardening: 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Learn how to attract butterflies to backyards. In this indoor presentation, staff will cover identification of butterflies and the native plants they rely upon for food. The program is free for county residents and costs $6 for nonresidents. It is for those 14 and older. Registration deadline is April 20.

• Starlit Search for Sneaks and Squeaks: 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 26 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. Participants will learn about the habits of local nocturnal animals as they hike the trails by starlight. No flashlights. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families ages 6 and up. The registration deadline is April 21.  

• Secrets of the Salamander: 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 28 at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. How do they survive and where do they live? These questions will be answered as participants hike through the woods. Dress for the weather and be prepared to hike and get dirty. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 8 to 12, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is April 23.

• Woodland Wandering: 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 2 at Kettle Lot-Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Meet your guide for a spring evening walk through the woods. Join the group for discussion and refreshments at the Powers-Walker House after the hike. Bring binoculars and field guides. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is April 28.

• Color of Coral: 8 to 10 a.m. May 4 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo. Be prepared to hike two miles at a leisurely pace. Binoculars will be provided if you do not have your own. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for those 14 and older. The registration deadline is April 30.

• Log House Adventures: 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 4 at Glacial Park, Equestrian and Snowmobile Lot, 6600 Block Keystone Road, Richmond. Hike to a replica log house. Along the way, collect natural items, water for “dinner” and conduct historical tasks. Upon arrival, the group will explore the house and play pioneer games. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for youth ages 8 to 13. The registration deadline is April 30.

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

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