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MCCD organizes family-friendly events

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:44 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Birds, composting and fallen trees are the topics of upcoming McHenry County Conservation District programming.

Dance of the Woodcock: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Hollows Conservation Area, 3804 Route 14, Cary. Participants will go in search of the normally shy and elusive male woodcock, which performs a courtship display this time of year. The program is free for county residents and $6 for nonresidents. Attendees should be age 14 or older and dress for the weather. The registration deadline is Saturday.

Family Night: Duck, Duck, Goose: 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Families will enjoy an evening of games, activities and crafts all based on the topic of migrating waterfowl. The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Sunday.

Dirty Deeds: 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 17 at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. The workshop will cover how to compost year-round in a home or garage using worms. The program is for those ages 14 and up and is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Monday.

Fallen Tree Adventures: 10 a.m. to noon April 19 at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo. Children will explore the woodlands in search of fallen trees and search below them to discover their role in a woodland habitat. This free program is for children ages 6 to 13. The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Animal Guess Who?: 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 19 at the Highlands in Hickory Grove Conservation Area, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary. Children ages 6 to 12 will go on a scavenger hunt for hidden clue cards and work together to determine which animals the clues are describing. The program is free for county residents and $5 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is Wednesday.

For information or to register, visit MCCDistrict.org.

Registration also is 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.

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