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Woodland plants focus of next People and Nature Program

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:27 p.m. CDT

MARENGO – Restoring and maintaining the woods of McHenry County is the focus of the next People and Nature Program hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District.

The class, Plants of Forests and Woodlands, will take place 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, outside at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive, Marengo.

This workshop will be taught by Greg Rajsky, director of small waters education. Class is held outdoors so participants should dress for the weather. They should also bring a lunch and something to drink.

The program is for adults 14 years and older.

The deadline to register is May 8, and the cost is $40 for county residents and $45 for non-residents. Registration is available online at www.MCCDistrict.org, 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.

This class is part of McHenry County Conservation District’s People and Nature Program, which is designed for private land owners, homeowners, natural areas stewards, and anyone interested in how nature works and it can be protected.

The series will cover the ecology of Illinois landscapes, prescribed burning, controlling weeds, restoring native vegetation, historic land use, tree and plant identification, and geology and soils.

For more information about the People and Nature Program, contact Tom Simpson, Research Field Station ecologist and program coordinator at (815) 678-4532, ext. 8218 for more information or go to www.mccdistrict.org/web/pr-pancp.htm.

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