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McHenry County Conservation District programming gets kids outside in winter

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 10:51 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A scavenger hunt and educational version of capture the flag are aimed at getting kids and families outside this January.

• Hunting Like a Wolf: 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 11 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. After looking at the special “Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century” exhibit, kids will form wolf pack teams and play an educational version of capture the flag. Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking or waterproof boots. The program is for children ages 10 to 13. It is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Monday.

• Winter Scavenger Hunt: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at The Hollows Conservation Area, 3804 Route 14, Cary. Following an introduction around a campfire, participants will head out on a scavenger hunt, looking for winter plant life and signs of animal activity. The program is free for adults and families. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

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

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