Families can lay out on blankets at the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area and wait for meteors at an upcoming event.
The McHenry County Conservation District has several events coming up designed for adults, children and families. They include:
• Meteor Showers and Summer Constellations: 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. Adults and families ages 8 and up will relax under the summer night sky while watching for meteors, listening to stories about the heroes behind the constellations and learning about meteor showers. Attendees can bring a lawn chair or blanket. The program is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The registration deadline is Aug. 8.
• Silk Painting: 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Adults and teens 14 years and older will paint a silk suncatcher. Instructor Susan Sieber will demonstrate how to draw blue dragonflies, green leaves, spring flowers and more on silk fabric. No experience is necessary. Supplies are provided as part of the fee, which is $18 for county residents and $22 for non-residents. The registration deadline is Aug. 11.
• Spider Watching: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Hickory Grove Highlands Conservation Area, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. Spider watching can be as interesting and entertaining as bird or butterfly watching. Kids ages 9 to 13 accompanied by an adult will explore the prairie and woodland, searching for the 12 common species of northeastern Illinois. Observation tools and a local guide will be used. The program is free for county residents and $5 for non-residents. The registration deadline is Aug. 11.
Prior registration is required and 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.