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McHenry County Conservation District details new programs

The McHenry County Conservation District is planning several family-friendly outdoor events this spring, including an Easter egg hunt.

Registration is required for these events:

• Welcome Home, Cranes: Welcome the sandhill cranes as they arrive this spring. Learn about their journey north from warmer climes. Discover more about their life habits and why they choose McHenry County as a place to nest and raise their young.

Come prepared for the weather and to listen for their bugling calls. From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lyons Prairie & Marsh Conservation Area, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. Free for county residents and $2 for nonresidents. For adults and families with kids ages 8 and older. Registration deadline is Wednesday.

• Create a Creature: Bring a pencil and sketchbook to this fun demonstration, and get ready to use your imagination.

Learn about real animal adaptations to their environments and then design different creatures that could live in snow, sand or rainforest homes.

Instructor Susan Sieber has a master’s degree in illustration and teaches art classes at McHenry County College and Creative Arts Inc., a nonprofit art studio. From 1 to 3 p.m. March 27 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Cost is $12 for county residents, $15 for nonresidents. For kids ages 7 to 13 years old. Registration deadline is Thursday.

• Conservation Egg Hunt: A short hike leads kids to various bird habitats, where they can search for “eggs” of local birds.

Everyone finds eggs, and everyone gets a prize. Program fees cover the cost of prizes and refreshments. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 8 at Brookdale Conservation Area’s Paulsen Road shelter, 2105 Paulsen Road, Woodstock. Cost is $4 for county residents, $5 for nonresidents. For infants and kids younger than 13, with a chaperone.

Registration deadline is Thursday. No refunds issued for cancellations made after Thursday.

• Nature Puppet Shows: Join MCCD for an afternoon of puppet shows and games. Each puppet show has a special lesson about nature. There also will be games based on each concept. From 2 to 4 p.m. March 31 at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Cost is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. For kids ages 6 to 12 years old. Registration deadline is March 27.

• April Fool’s Day Scavenger Hunt: Work as a team to solve the puzzles in this unique scavenger hunt. From 2 to 4 p.m. April 1 at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Cost is free for county residents and $5 nonresidents. Adults and families ages 6 and older. Registration deadline is March 28.

• Marsh Music: This beginners program will introduce participants to the sights and sounds of wetland life with games, activities and a short hike.

It will include a make-your-own animal instrument craft. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 1 at Boger Bog Conservation Area, 2100 Cherry Valley Road, Bull Valley. The cost is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. For adults and families. Registration deadline is March 28.

For information, visit the MCCD’s website at www.mccdistrict.org. Register online, by phone (free programs only) at 815-479-5779, by mail-in and drop-off at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at the Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.

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