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MCCD programs help families jump into fall

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 11:56 p.m. CDT

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RINGWOOD – The McHenry County Conservation District offers families a number of ways to jump into fall.

• Totally Toads: 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. Sort fact from fiction about these wee beasts. Participants should dress for the weather, wear long pants and long sleeves and bring a pair of old gloves. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 7 to 12, accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

• Sunset from the Kames: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at Kettle Parking Lot at Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. One of the highest points in McHenry County offers a spectacular view of the sunset over Nippersink Creek and a place to relax after a guided hike of Glacial Park. Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for those ages 14 and older. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

• Wooly Bears: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. We all recognize these “furry” orange and black caterpillars, but do you know what they will become? Why are they on the move this time of year? Do they really predict the weather? Learn the answers to these questions. Participants should dress for the weather and a short hike. The program is free for county residents and costs $5 for nonresidents. It is for children ages 6 to 11. The registration deadline is Sept. 27.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary. Participants can enjoy an hour of fun walking from station to station, playing games, making a craft, eating a snack and more. All activities are based around a 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 Oct. 5.

• Color of Coral: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo. Enjoy the dazzling display of fall colors while learning about the seasonal changes in the life cycle of trees. A hike, game and craft are part of the program. The program is free for county residents and costs $2 for nonresidents. It is for adults and families. The registration deadline is Oct. 7.

Registration is accepted online at www.MCCDistrict.org, by phone (free programs only) at 815-479-5779, by mail at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or walk-in at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

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