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TLC aims to make difference at Harvard park

HARVARD – On Saturday, which is National Make a Difference Day, some 250- to 300-year-old oak trees in Harvard need the community’s help.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County invites area residents to a Family Work Party from 9 a.m. to noon to help rescue a grove of ancient oak trees at Gateway Nature Park on the south end of Harvard.

Young people and their parents will plant oak-friendly native plants and sow seeds in an area that was cleared earlier this year.

Tools and refreshments will be provided.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear work clothes and sturdy shoes.

The park is on Heritage Lane in Harvard, between Route 23 and Marengo Road, west of Route 14.

Gateway Nature Park is a project of TLC, Dunham Township and the city of Harvard to transform the 17-acre property into an outdoor classroom and natural reserve.

TLC is a nonprofit membership organization that works with individuals and communities throughout McHenry County to preserve and restore open, natural and agricultural land for the benefit of the whole community.

For information about TLC and Gateway Park, visit www.conservemc.org or call 815-337-9502.

– Northwest Herald

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