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Spring Hollow hike set for Saturday

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Area residents have the chance to explore a nature preserve shaped by a glacier that moved through more than 12,000 years ago.

Local conservation expert Dave Brandt will lead a hike at the Spring Hollow Nature Preserve, 1314 S. Fleming Road, Woodstock. The Land Conservancy of McHenry County-sponsored event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The preserve – once the home of land restoration and preservation pioneers Dick and Betty Babcock and now home to their daughter and her family – takes its unique character from the last glacier to move through the county, according to a news release from the Land Conservancy.

The space features oak woods, woodland wildflowers, springs, seeps, a stream, wetlands and views of the Boone Creek valley.

Hikers should come prepared for unpaved trails.

Registration for the free event can be made by emailing Brandt at DaveBrandt00@gmail.com or by calling the Land Conservancy's office at 815-337-9502.

For more information on the Land Conservancy, visit www.conservemc.org.

–Shawn Shinneman

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