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McHenry County Conservation District organizes crafts, bird watching

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Bird watching and a family-friendly scavenger hunt are among the programs the McHenry County Conservation District has lined up this month.

• Wetland Birds: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Lakewood Road Shelter in Exner Marsh Conservation Area, Lakewood and Miller roads, Lake in the Hills. Attendees should bring binoculars and field guides for a search for migrating waterfowl and other newly returned wetland birds on a short walk. The program is for those 14 and older and is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 3.

• Discovery Days: 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at Pleasant Valley Conservation Area, 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock. Children 2 to 6 accompanied by an adult will enjoy an hour of fun, including a game, craft, snack and educational activities all based around the special theme of the day. Attendees should dress for the weather. The program is free for county residents and $3 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 5.

• Watch Out for Waterfowl: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. New and experienced birders will go to various locations in and around Lost Valley Marsh in search of migrating waterfowl and other birds. Refreshments will be provided. Attendees should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them and dress for the weather and the possibility of wet feet. The program is for those 14 and older and is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 7.

• Family Scavenger Hunt: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Check in at the Lost Valley Visitor Center for instructions then explore the site searching for answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Completed worksheets can be exchanged for a prize. This family-friendly program is free. The registration deadline is April 7.

• Math in the Natural World: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday April 12, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. This program explores everyday math using plants and animals. Children 8 to 13, accompanied by an adult, will calculate the value of a tree, count seeds using an ancient code and do a wildlife survey. The program is free for county residents and $3 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 7.

For more information or to register, go to McHenry County Conservation District's website, MCCDistrict.org

Registration is also available by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake; walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood; or by phone for free programs only at 815-479-5779.

- Northwest Herald

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