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Conservation district set to host variety of winter events

McHenry County Conservation District’s winter program offerings are loaded with both indoor and outdoor nature enthusiast adventures. Registration is required for all programs.

• Learn about the short-eared owl, an Illinois endangered species, during An Afternoon With the Short-eared Owls. Begin the afternoon with a short indoor presentation and then enjoy a winter hike at dusk to search for these special creatures. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for the weather. The program will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The program is free for residents, $2 for nonresidents.

• Explore the Powers Walker House in “History House: After Dark.” The program is from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18. The program is free for county residents, $5 for nonresidents.

• Investigate old ways to celebrate the winter solstice while creating new traditions, including a candlelight night hike ending at a warm campfire, during the Solstice Night Hike. Dress for the weather and for outdoor activities. The hike is about a half mile on potentially snowy trail conditions. The program is from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21. The program is $5 for county residents, $7 for nonresidents.

• Get into some comfy pajamas and enjoy an evening of games and activities all about local nocturnal animals during Nature at Night Pajama Party. The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28. The cost is $3 for residents, $5 for nonresidents.

• Round up some friends for a frosty hike, then sample several kinds of chili with a variety of toppings and a dessert cooked over the campfire during A Very Chilly Crawl. Dress for the weather. Soft drinks are included; alcohol is BYO, with a valid ID. The program will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 26. The cost is $12 for residents, $15 for nonresidents.

Additional programs in the new year include Sites Seldom Seen: Greenwood, Paint and Sip: Capture a Live Turtle on Canvas and Full Moon Pizza Party. For information and to register, visit www.mccdistrict.org.

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