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MCCD plans upcoming programs

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:32 p.m. CDT

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WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Conservation District has upcoming programs to get families outdoors this spring.

• Along the Bluebird Trail: 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 5 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. After a brief presentation about bluebirds and some of the birds that compete for their nest boxes, participants will take a walk through the hilly prairie trails in search of these beautiful birds. A limited number of binoculars will be available for participants. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families ages 6 and up. The registration deadline is April 30.

• Math in the Natural World: 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 5 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Explore everyday math using plants and animals as guides. Participants will calculate the value of a tree, count seeds using an ancient code, and do a wildlife survey. The programs is free for county resident and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 7 to 13, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is April 30.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. May 9 at Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area, 1606 Dean St., Woodstock. Participants can enjoy an hour of fun playing a game, making a craft, enjoying a snack and taking part in educational activities based around a special theme. The program is free for county residents and costs $3 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is May 4.

• Stories for a Spring Evening: 7 to 9 p.m. May 10 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Celebrate spring with McHenry County Conservation District and the McHenry County Storytelling Guild. The show will go on rain or shine. If weather is fair, the group will gather under the oaks on Prairieview’s patio. If the weather is foul, they will gather inside Prairieview’s vista room. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is May 5.

• Birding Blitz: 7 to 9:30 a.m. May 11 at Kettle Lot– Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road Ringwood. Participants will explore the woodlands and grasslands in search of as many species as possible. Participants should bring their binoculars and field guides if they have them. Afterward, they will meet at the Powers-Walker House for refreshments and to tally up their lists. The program is free for county resident and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is May 6.

• Animal Architecture: 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 11 at Living Land Farm, 716 E. Crystal Lake Road, Cary. Discover some industrious builders on an exploratory hike through forest and field. Participants also will try their hand at their own natural construction project. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 10 to 12. The registration deadline is May 6.

• Smart by Nature: 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 14 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. There are amazing lessons to be learned from nature and how the natural world functions. Participants will begin indoors with a 30-minute DVD about ecological design inspired by nature and then spend time outside walking and exploring the local ecology. Participants should dress for the weather. The program is free for county residents and costs $6 for nonresidents. It is for those 14 years and older. The registration deadline is May 9.

• Fabulous Frogs: 7 to 9 p.m. May 17 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Learn about frogs and toads with a colorful slide show, then take a hike to hear Glacial Park’s amphibian chorus sing. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for a 1.5-mile hike. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families. The registration deadline is May 12.

• Hike When the Moon Is Full: 8 to 9:30 p.m. May 24 at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 3100 N Route 23, Marengo.The April full moon has been known by many names in various cultures throughout the world. Learn more about these during a hike under the full moon. Along the way there will be stories and lore of the season, the night and the moon. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families ages 5 and up. The registration deadline is May 19.

• Birding by Balcony: In the Oaks: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 19 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Join the group at the Lost Valley Visitor Center, where the group can look out the second-floor windows or off the balcony at vast acres of wetlands or peek directly into the branches of nearby oak trees. Binoculars and field guides are available for those who do not have their own. Participants should dress for the weather if they plan on going out on the balcony. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is May 14.

• Prairie Path Prowl: 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 23 at Harts Road Parking Lot–Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Participants will enjoy a scenic stroll and afterward the group will tally up the bird counts while enjoying refreshments at the Lost Valley Visitor Center. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them. They should dress for the weather. Meet in the Harts Road parking lot, to the right after entering the park. The program is free for county residents and $2 nonresidents. It is for adults 14 years and older. The registration deadline is May 18.

Registration is accepted online, by phone at 815-479-5779(free programs only), mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.

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