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MCCD offers programs for summertime fun

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District offers programs to get families out and having fun this summer.

• Summer’s Fireworks: 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 13 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock.

Participants will see nature’s beautiful display of floral fireworks during a leisurely hike through the prairie and the summer blooms. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families.

The registration deadline is Monday.

• Morning Meanders: What Fine Teeth You Have: 9 a.m. to noon July 17 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

The three hours will be filled with games, activities and crafts all based around the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Participants should dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The cost is $6 for county residents and $7.50 for nonresidents.

The program is for children ages 5 to 7. The registration deadline is July 12.

• Things That Go Buzz in the Night: 8 to 9 p.m. July 18 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. Explore the world of nocturnal insects.

Magnificent moths, beautiful beetles, calling crickets, flashing fireflies and many others are to be found. Learn how to attract, catch and observe these tiny wonders. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families.

The registration deadline is July 13.

• Morning Meanders: Becoming Invisible: 9 a.m. to noon July 19 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

The three hours will be filled with games, activities and crafts all based around the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Participants should dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. The cost is $6 for county residents and $7.50 for nonresidents.

It is for children ages 5 to 7. The registration deadline is July 14.

• Summer Sunset Family Campfire: 7:30 to 9 p.m. July 19 at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. Activities will include stories, songs, snacks and educational fun for the whole family.

The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents.

It is for adults and families. The registration deadline is July 14.

• Barn Full of Bats: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m July 23 or July 24 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

After a presentation, participants will go on a 1-mile hike through Glacial Park to observe bats flying out of a barn at dusk. Other arrangements will be made for those unable to walk the distance. Choose the program date that works best.

The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for adults and kids ages 5 and up. The registration deadline is July 18.

• Creative Kids … Make Your Own Paracord Bracelet: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 25 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

Paracord has a wide variety of applications for everyone. Participants will make their own paracord bracelet and learn about its many uses in the outdoors.

The cost is $3 for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. It is for kids ages 9 to 13. The registration deadline is July 20.

• Sustainability 101 – What’s New in Sustainability?: 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 25 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. A thoughtful discussion will be combined with hands-on activities.

The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents.

It is for those ages 14 and older. The registration deadline is July 20.

• Fantastic Fireflies: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 26 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

Bring a picnic and dine on Prairieview’s patio 30 minutes before the program. A summertime dessert will be provided. Afterward, find out about the firefly life cycle and play games. The last half hour of the program will be spent enjoying the light show. Bring a blanket and wear long pants and sleeves instead of insect repellent.

The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents.

It is for adults and kids ages 8 and up. The registration deadline is July 21.

• Who Are the Real Survivors?: 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 27 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock.

The program will focus on why some species live through tough times while others can’t survive. Participants should dress for exploring and hiking. Bring a water bottle.

The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents.

It is for kids ages 10 to 13. The registration deadline is July 22.

• The Honeybee and What it Means to Me: 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 30 at Brookdale Conservation Area, 18410 Route 14, Woodstock.

Join a local experienced beekeeper for an evening of bee appreciation. Learn why they are so important to the ecosystem.

The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents.

It is for adults and kids ages 8 and older. The registration deadline is July 25.

• Super Snakes: 10:30 a.m. to noon July 31 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo.

Learn about the lives and behaviors of local snakes and why they are important. Participants should dress for the weather, hiking and exploring. Bring a water bottle.

The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents.

It is for kids ages 8 to 10. The registration deadline is July 26.

• Hanging Out with “Stellaluna”: 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 31 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo.

What is the difference between a bat and a bird? Join the group as they read the children’s book, “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon, to learn about the characteristics of these animals. Participants should dress for hiking and exploring. Bring a water bottle.

The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents.

It is for children ages 6 to 8, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is July 26.

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

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