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Open house to cover People and Nature Programs

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 11:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 11:12 p.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – What the glacier left behind will be the topic of an upcoming presentation at Glacial Park.

The presentation is part of an open house for the McHenry County Conservation District’s People and Nature Programs, which will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood. The presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m.

This free introductory session will explain how the People and Nature workshops differ from one another, which might best suit various interests, and what is required to earn an ecological restoration certificate. Attendees will also receive a $15 credit toward their workshop.

The People and Nature Programs are designed to serve the homeowner, volunteer steward, nature educator or outdoor enthusiast. The programs cover topics on ecological restoration and landscaping with nature.

Upcoming workshops include “Weeds and What We Do About Them” on Sept. 13, “Geology and Soil: Glaciers, Mud, Gravel, Soil and Other Stuff” on Sept. 27, “Taking the Mystery out of Using Native Plants in Your Garden” on Nov. 8, and “Woody Plants II: Tree and Shrub ID in Winter” on Nov. 22.

Registration is not required for this free introductory session.

For more information, contact Research Field Station ecologist Tom Simpson at 815-678-4532 or go to the McHenry County Conservation District’s Web site at

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