Sunday, May 19, 2013
See historical artifacts and learn more about the local families who donated them during this event scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
May has been designated as "Look at Local History Month," and what better way to learn about McHenry County history than visiting the Powers-Walker House in Glacial Park? The McHenry County Conservation District has planned a Living History event from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Powers-Walker home. The Greek revival house, circa 1854, is located at Glacial Park, a 3,382-acre conservation area located at Route 31 & Harts Road, Ringwood MCCD will feature a “Restoration Showcase” of the house, its donated artifacts and information about the local families who donated the items. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer visitor's questions. Guests are invited to drop in any time. A special presentation is planned …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Bicyclists should take note of trail closures before hitting the path.
Friday, April 26
With the arrival of warmer weather, the McHenry County Conservation District reminds residents several parts of the Prairie Trail Bike Path are closed due to multiple construction projects in Algonquin. The Prairie Trail has no through traffic from Route 31 (Main Street) in Algonquin to just south of Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills. Closed through May 24, Algonquin ByPass Construction: Section from Huntington Road to Algonquin Road. Closed through July 30, Delayed Bridge Repair: On the North – Trail exits at subdivision westbound on Willow. On the South – Trail Ends at Route 31 Huntington. Meyer Road parking lot is closed. It will reopen in June for cyclists traveling southbound only. Village of Algonquin has the intersection of …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Get outdoor and artsy during this event held Saturday at Coral Woods Conservation Area in Marengo.
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Thursday, April 25
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor exploration and artistic activities at "A Celebration of Wildflower and Art," from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Coral Woods Conservation Area. This annual event is hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District at Coral Woods, located at 7400 Somerset, Marengo. During this afternoon outing, participants can hike the woodlands and witness local plein air artists (painting “in the open air”) along the trails capturing the fleeting beauty of the native spring wildflowers, according to a MCCD press release. Ongoing activities include information on landscaping with native plants, children’s crafts, storytelling, food for sale by Flatlander, and music in the picnic grove by the Talia Pavia String Academy…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Event hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.
Celebrate Earth Day with music, a nature hike, or helping with a restoration project this Saturday at the Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake. Hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District and the Environmental Defenders, the Earth Day Celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairieview, located 2112 Behan Rd. The event will be held both indoors and outside. Activities proceed, rain or shine! The Earth Day Events Include: HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING DROP OFF: A variety of items will be accepted for recycling including athletic shoes, batteries, fluorescent tubes and polystyrene foam. Check the McHenry County Conservation District webpage for a complete list of accepted items and any associated drop-off fees.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren credits two good Samaritans for pulling woman from car.
Two good Samaritans are credited with pulling a Harvard woman from her burning car early Wednesday morning after she collided with a school bus on Route 14. Deborah Furstenau, 53, was driving a 1997 Plymouth eastbound on Route 14 in unincorporated Hartland Township at about 7 a.m. April 10, when she lost control of the car, veered into the westbound lane and collided with a Durham School Bus, according to McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren. Sheriff's police were called to the 16200 block of Route 14. While enroute to the crash scene deputies learned Furstenau's car had caught fire. "...The driver had been rescued by a citizen and an off-duty McHenry County Conservation District officer," Nygren stated in a release. Randall Ho and MCCD …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The event will be held at the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area.
Wednesday, March 6
The McHenry County Conservation District will be hosting a candlelight cross-country ski event Friday and Saturday night at the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area. The .5-mile trail at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, which is located on Route 23 just north of River Road in Marengo, will be open and lit by candlelight from 5 to 9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, according to a MCCD press release. Attendees should bring their own skis and the event is free to the public. There will be hot chocolate and a campfire available after the cross-country ski event. Through March 10, solar-lit trails will be available until 9 p.m. everyday at: Pleasant Valley Conservation Area in Woodstock, (1/2 mile loop through prairie) and at Hickory Grove …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
No need to stay cooped inside this winter (especially with this warmer weather). The McHenry County Conservation District has several adventurous nature activities planned for January.
There's no better way to beat cabin fever than to grab your coat, boots and adventurous spirit and march into the great outdoors. Not all animals sleep through winter. Many are busy searching for food, shelter and mates. The McHenry County Conservation District has several outdoor programs planned for January that range from searching for owls to learning about animal tracks. Here's a list of upcoming events: Friday, Jan. 11; Free for residents 7 to 8:30 p.m. Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake Simultaneous "Owl Prowls" will be held Friday night, one for adults (14 years & older) and a separate prowl for children age 6-13. Winter is the ideal time to observe owls and their behavior. Owls are busy staking claim to …
Monday, July 30, 2012
The Chicagoland Green Burial Society is presenting a class about green burials at the Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake on Tuesday, July 31.
The Chicagoland Green Burial Society is presenting "Green Burials: Your Options, Your Wishes, Your Rights" to teach of the benefits of having a more conservation-friendly burial. A green burial simply means, "Not being embalmed, being buried in the ground without a vault, in a bio-degradable container, having as low an impact on the environment as possible," according to the Chicagoland Green Burial Society. The topics discussed at the presentation will range from what is done with the body to how the funeral service is handled to the resources needed, and everything in between. There will also be a question and answer portion at the end of the class, to allow for further discussion on the topic. The presentation is free for all McHenry …