WOODSTOCK – Games, hikes and archery are lined up at McHenry County parks this fall.
The McHenry County Conservation District requires prior registration for its programming, which includes:
• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 4 at Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area, 1606 Dean St., Woodstock. An hour's worth of games, crafts, snacks and other educational activities around the special theme of the day is designed for children ages 2 to 6. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The deadline to register is Aug. 30.
• Youth Archery and White-tailed Deer: Create the Connection: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Youths ages 8 to 14 will learn about the habits and behaviors of white-tailed deer, how this relates to the sport of archery, and basic archery and safety instruction. All equipment will be provided. The cost is $5 for county residents and $7 for nonresidents. Participants need to be accompanied by an adult. The deadline to register is Sept. 2.
• Flying Squirrel Night Hike: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Kids ages 6 to 12 will learn whether flying squirrels actually fly, what they eat, and where they live as they explore the outdoors at night. Participants shouldn't bring flashlights. The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. The deadline to register is Sept. 8.
• Creek Peek: 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 13, at Keystone Road Landing in Glacial Park, 6500 Keystone Road, Richmond. Adults and families with children ages 5 and older will explore the underwater world of Nippersink Creek, looking for little critters and learning why they are so important to the creek. Participants should wear shoes that can get wet. The program is free for both residents and nonresidents of the county. The deadline to register is Sept. 9.
• Glorious Goldenrods: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. On a 1.5-mile hike through tallgrass prairie, kids ages 10 to 13 accompanied by an adult will search for different species of goldenrods, exploring each plant for the insect life that may be found there. Participants should dress for the weather with long pants and long sleeves. The program is free for county residents and $3 for nonresidents. The deadline to register is Sept. 10.
For information or to register, visit McHenry County Conservation District's website, www.MCCDistrict.org.
Registration also is available by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake; walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood; or by phone for free programs only at 815-479-5779.