Mostly Cloudy
75°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

MCCD offers outdoor programs for fall fun

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 11:29 p.m. CDT

(Continued from Page 1)

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District offers a variety of programs to get families outdoors this fall.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at Exner Marsh Conservation Area, 9000 Lakewood Road, Lake in the Hills. Participants walk from station to station playing games, making a craft, eating a snack and more. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. It is for ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Sept. 1.

• Migratory Madness - Morning: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Glacial Park Conservation Area Kettle Parking Lot, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Local bird enthusiasts will search for migratory birds stopping over at Glacial Park. After a hike, the group will head to the Lost Valley Visitor Center to share notes and refreshments. Bring binoculars and field guides. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for those 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Sept. 2.

• Creek Peek: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Keystone Road Landing in Glacial Park, 6500 Keystone Road, Richmond. Participants should wear shoes they can wade in. The group will look for critters that live and survive in Nippersink Creek. This free program is for adults and children ages 5 and up. The registration deadline is Sept. 2.

• Migratory Madness - Evening: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Glacial Park Conservation Area Kettle Parking Lot, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. After a hike, the group will head to the Powers-Walker House to share notes and refreshments. Bring binoculars and field guides. The program is free for residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Sept. 7.

• Sunset Prairie Hike: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area, 1606 Dean St., Woodstock. The group will go on a sunset hike. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is Sept. 8.

• Fascinating Fall Fungus: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, Shelter 1, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. District staff and local members of the Wisconsin Mycological Society will seek out and teach about fall fungi. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families. The registration deadline is Sept. 10.

• Canoeing Under a Full Moon: 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lake Atwood – The Hollows Conservation Area, 3804 Route 14, Cary. The group will watch the full moon rise while paddling around the lake and sharing stories. The district will provide canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices. No flashlights please. The cost is $6 for county residents and $7.50 for nonresidents. It is for those 14 and older. The registration deadline is Sept. 12.

• Flying Squirrel Night Hike: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hickory Grove Highlands, Shelter 2, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. The group will go in search of the elusive flying squirrels. There are no guarantees that the group will see any. No flashlights, please. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for youth ages 6 to 12. The registration deadline is Sept. 15.

Registration is accepted online at www.MCCDistrict.org, by phone (free programs only) at 815-479-5779, by mail at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or walk-in at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road. in Ringwood.

Previous Page|1|2|Next Page

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Reader Poll

What's your level of optimism regarding the upcoming Bears season?
Very optimistic
Slightly optimistic
Not very optimistic
It's going to be a disaster