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MCCD offers botany course

RINGWOOD – An upcoming workshop will explore the mysterious world of plants and investigate flower structures.

The course, Basic Botany, will be offered by the McHenry County Conservation District as part of its People and Nature Programs, which are designed to teach homeowners, volunteer stewards and nature enthusiasts about ecological restoration and landscaping.

It will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 at Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. The deadline to register is July 14.

The workshop will cover the basics about plant metabolism and reproduction, and participants will conduct a hands-on lab experiment that will put that new knowledge to work. The district will supply hand lens, but attendees should bring their own if they have one. They also should bring a lunch and something to drink.

Designed for adults and interested students 14 and older, the class costs $40 for county residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Registration can be completed online at MCCDistrict.org; dropped off at Glacial Park Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood; or dropped off or mailed in to Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.

A $15 discount to this or any People and Nature Program can be obtained by attending a drop-in open house, which is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

For more information, call Research Field Station ecologist Tom Simpson at 815-678-4532, ext. 8218, or go to MCCDistrict.org/web/pr-pancp.htm.

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