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The Land Conservancy to host Earth Day trash scavenger hunt, pickup in Harvard

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites the public to participate in a trash scavenger hunt and litter pickup at Gateway Park in Harvard on Earth Day, April 22.
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites the public to participate in a trash scavenger hunt and litter pickup at Gateway Park in Harvard on Earth Day, April 22.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is inviting the public to join in a fun way to clean up Gateway Park by participating in a trash scavenger hunt.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Earth Day, April 22.

Gateway Park is located at the intersection of Routes 14 and 23 in Harvard. Parking is available on Heritage Lane west of Route 23 by the park entrance.

During the scavenger hunt each participant will be given a list of items to find and the opportunity to receive a small prize for finding unusual items. People are encouraged to bring gloves and a trash pickup stick if they have one and wear rubber boots if it’s muddy. Community groups, Scout groups, friends and families are welcome to participate.

Gateway Park is a 17-acre site and home to McHenry County’s largest white oak tree. Its woodland and wetland are home to birds such as the indigo bunting and swamp sparrow. Over the fall and winter litter has accumulated in the park, so an Earth Day cleanup is an opportunity to ready the park for visitors during the warmer months.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County is a member-based private nonprofit dedicated to preserving natural, scenic and agricultural land.

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