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Camps offer canoeing, camping, exploring

Published: Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:19 a.m. CDT

Camping, exploring, cooking over a campfire and restoring a habitat are some of the activities kids will take on during McHenry County Conservation District’s day camps.

The district has a new Young Explorers Camp for 6- to 7-year-olds at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake or Glacial Park in Ringwood, which will allow campers to spend their mornings exploring habitats and the animals that live in the ponds, fields or forests.

There are also still spots in the district’s three other day camps:

• Day Camp Discovery at Pleasant Valley in Woodstock for children ages 5 to 6. An adult-accompanied foray into the day camp experience, including nature walks, stories, crafts, games and experiments.

• Conservation Day Camp at Glacial Park in Ringwood for kids ages 8 to 11 will offer opportunities to canoe, cookout, explore habitats, take part in a conservation work project, play games and decorate T-shirts.

• Wild Things Camp at Glacial Park for preteens and teenagers ages 12 to 15 will include bicycling, hiking and kayaking as well as an overnight camp out. For information and registration, visit www.MCCDistrict.org or call 815-479-5779

Bicycle tour will focus on historical buildings

An architectural bike tour of Crystal Lake will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1.

Participants will pedal through a 7-mile trip, beginning at the Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave., through downtown Crystal Lake and beyond. The tour will cover the history of the area, notable buildings and the people who owned them. A boxed lunch is included.

Participants must provide their own bikes and helmets (required). The program is recommended for ages 18 and older. The fee is $28 for residents, $38 for nonresidents. Register for program code 9095-0 at www.crystallakeparks.org. For information, contact Mary Ott at 815-477-5873 or palmerhouse@crystallakeparks.org.

– Northwest Herald

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