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Conservation district offers spring programs in March

With spring comes gardening, butterflies and the return of sandhill cranes to the area.

The McHenry County Conservation District has centered some of its upcoming programming around these spring themes.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo. Children will enjoy an hour of fun, including a game, craft, snack and educational activities. Participants should dress for the weather. This program is for children ages 2 to 6 accompanied by an adult. It is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Sunday.

• Native and Natural Landscaping: 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Attendees will learn how the conservation district uses native plants and how they can use them in their own gardens. Applications for getting a Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee mentor will be available. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is March 8.

• Butterfly Gardening: 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 19 at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Learn how to attract butterflies using the native plants they rely on for food. The program is for those ages 14 and up and is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is March 14.

• Welcome Home, Cranes: 2 to 4 p.m. March 22 at Lyons Prairie and Marsh Conservation Area, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. As the sandhill cranes head north for the summer, they’ll return to the McHenry County area to nest and raise their young. Participants should dress for the weather. This program is for adults and families ages 8 and up. It is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is March 15.

Registration is accepted online at www.MCCDistrict.org, 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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