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Hikes, stories on lineup for MCCD

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:24 p.m. CDT

Rock formations and turtles are some of the things kids will learn about at upcoming McHenry County Conservation District programming.

• Geology on the Ridge Field Trip for Homeschoolers: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. Students will play a rock cycle game, practice using a key to identify common rocks, hike a one-mile glacial moraine trail and learn about the forces that shaped McHenry County’s landscape. The program, which is for students and families 8 years and up, is free for county residents and $3 for non-residents. The deadline to register is May 10.

• Hike When the Moon Is Full: 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. Stories will be told along a moonlight hike. Flashlights are not needed. The program, which is for those 5 and older, is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The deadline to register is May 11.

• Terrific Turtles: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Rush Creek Conservation Area, 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard. Children nine to 13 years old will what turtles eat and what eats them, where they sleep, and if they can leave their shells through activities, games and a hike. The program will include a live turtle presentation. The program is free for county residents and $5 for non-residents. The deadline to register is May 14.

• Stroller Strut: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 19, at Fox Bluff Conservation Area, 1300 Cold Springs Road, Cary. Strollers are more than welcome on this casual walk for infants through five-year-olds accompanied by an adult. The program is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The deadline to register is May 16.

• Prairie Path Prowl: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Harts Road parking lot in Glacial Park Conservation Area, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood. Participants will look for native birds on a scenic stroll that will cover one to two miles. They should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them. The walk will be followed by refreshments at the Lost Valley Visitor Center. The program, which is for those 14 and up, is free for county residents and $2 for non-residents. The deadline to register is May 29.

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