Poetry, art and games are all ways kids and families will explore nature at upcoming McHenry County Conservation District programs.
The programs are designed for varying age groups, from infants to adults, and require prior registration. They include:
• Nature’s Play Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 30 at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. Infants to 5-year-olds will use nature to build skills. A snack will be provided, but accompanying adults should bring sunscreen, extra water, long sleeves or pants in case there are a lot of bugs. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Saturday.
• Cartooning Nature: 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Kids ages 8 to 13 will learn to draw easy cartoon animals and plants. The class is taught by Susan Sieber, an art instructor at McHenry County College and the nonprofit arts studio Creative Arts Inc. The program costs $12 for county residents and $15 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Monday.
• The Secret Ways of the Egret: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. After hearing poems by Jane Yolan about egrets, children ages 5 to 9 will play games, do a small craft and search for the white birds. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Tuesday.
• Insect Songs: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. Adults and families will learn about the calls of field crickets, tree crickets, cicadas and katydids. The program is free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is July 30.
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.