MCCD offers winter-centric programming

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 4:44 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – With winter weather here, the McHenry County Conservation District offers up kid-centric programming aimed at exploring how animals prepare for the season.

• Arctic Adventures: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Participants will spend time both indoors and outdoors participating in nature-based activities, making crafts and exploring the woods and prairie. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch. The program is for children ages 8 to 11. The cost is $5 for county residents and $8 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Sunday, Dec. 22.

• Preparing for Winter: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Kids will learn what different local animals do to prepare for winter, followed by a trip outside to look for signs of animals as they get ready for winter. Participants should dress for the weather. The program is for children ages 3 to 10, accompanied by an adult. It is free for county residents and costs $3 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 25.

• Winter Warmth: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Children will learn about how animals have adapted to survive cold winters. The program includes an outdoor hike. Participants should dress for the weather. The program is for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. It is free for county residents and costs $3 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 28.

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

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