Mostly Cloudy
56°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Family friendly programming explores McHenry County trails

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:50 a.m. CDT

Hikers will be on the lookout for salamanders and blue birds as part of programming planned by the McHenry County Conservation District.

• Animal Boogie: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at the Highlands in Hickory Grove Conservation Area, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. Children, ages 5 to 8, will explore the 30-plus different types of animal locomotion. Attendees should dress for the weather. The program is free for county residents and $3 for non-residents. Children should be accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is April 30.

• Marsh Music: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Boone Creek Conservation Area, 916 Cold Springs Road, Bull Valley. A family friendly event that will introduce participants to the sights and sounds of marsh bird life with games, activities, and bird viewing. Binoculars and spotting scope will be provided, but attendees should dress for the weather. The program is free for county residents and $5 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 30.

Nature’s Wild Garden: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Using games, a story and a hike, children 6 to 9 years old will spend time outdoors looking for examples of nature’s seed dispersal. The program is free for county residents and $3 for non-residents. Children should be accompanied by an adult. The registration deadline is April 30.

Along the Bluebird Trail: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4,at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. A brief presentation about bluebirds and some of the birds that compete for their nest boxes will be followed by a leisurely walk in search of the birds. A limited number of binoculars will be available for participants. The program is for adults and families ages 6 and up and is free for county residents and $5 for non-residents. The registration deadline is May 1.

• Secrets of the Salamander: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. Children 8 to 12 years old, accompanied by an adult, will learn about the salamander and go searching for one. Participants should prepare to get dirty. The registration deadline is May 1.

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

Previous Page|1|2|Next Page

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Reader Poll

Which race most interests you in the November election?
U.S. Senate
Illinois governor
McHenry County sheriff
McHenry County Board
Other