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MCCD to offer open house on ongoing programming

RINGWOOD – Flowers of the prairie will be the subject of a free session offered by the McHenry County Conservation District to introduce its ongoing People and Nature Programs.

The series is designed to teach homeowner, volunteer steward, nature educator and outdoor enthusiasts about ecological restoration and how to live with nature.

The open house is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood. A short presentation, “Flowers of the Prairie,” begins at 7:15 p.m.

The event will explain how the workshops differ from one another, which ones suit various interests, and how to get an Ecological Restoration Certificate. Attendees will also receive $15 credit toward their next workshop.

Upcoming People and Nature Programs include Plants of the Wetlands on July 12, Basic Botany on July 19, Plants of the Prairies and Savannas on Aug. 9, and Woody Plants and Ecological Restoration on Aug. 16.

Registration is not required for this free open house.

For more information, contact Tom Simpson, Research Field Station ecologist, at 815-678-4532 or go to the series' website at www.mccdistrict.org/web/pr-pancp.htm.

- Northwest Herald

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