MCCD offers autumn explorations

Published: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 11:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 11:41 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – The McHenry County Conservation District offers families a number of ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall.

• Fabulous Feathers: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Learn about the properties and purposes of these unique structures through fun hands-on activities. Each participant will bring home a special feather of his or her own. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 7 to 10.

• Autumn’s Bounty: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. The group will seek out the possible food sources that common animals and birds enjoy before supplies dwindle. Participants should dress for the weather and off trail exploration. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 8 to 12, accompanied by an adult.

• Natural Crafts: Candle Making: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Learn to create beautiful candles decorated with natural materials. Each participant will bring home a finished piece from this hands-on workshop. The cost is $5 for county residents and $6.25 for nonresidents. It is for those age 14 and older. The registration deadline is Saturday.

• Life with the Metis: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Join living history interpreters as they discuss the life of the Metis in the mid- to late-18th century. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. It is for those age 14 and older. The registration deadline is Sunday.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Participants will enjoy an hour of fun walking from station to station playing games, making a craft, eating a snack and more. All activities are based around the special theme of the day. 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 Thursday.

• Make Your Own Paper: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Discover how to reduce, reuse and recycle all in one morning. This is considered a beginner class. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families. The registration deadline is Nov. 11.

Registration is accepted online, 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.

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