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December 27, 2014
9:00am - 10:00am
Many animals are active in winter, and they leave tell-tale signs of their presence. Come on out to LeRoy Oakes for a guided hike and look for animal signs. We’ll learn the habits and behaviors of native wildlife by the signs they leave. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. Saturday, Dec. 27; 9 – 10 a.m. Binnie Forest Preserve, 38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee, IL FREE
December 27, 2014
10:00am - 11:00am
Saturday, December 27 * 10 am The Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts a series of photo meet-ups for photographers of all skill levels. Each month, one of our naturalists will lead a brief tour of a natural area, highlighting interesting plants, scenic vistas and locations frequented by wildlife. See fpdcc.com/events for more information.
December 27, 2014
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Centennial Volunteers Restoration Volunteer Days Learn what it takes to restore diverse wildlife, trees, wildflowers, and health in our woodlands and our river system. Our goal is to grow a community of people who will become caretakers and stewards of these five sites through on-going education and training. Centennial Volunteers is supported by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Friends of the Chicago River, and Audubon Chicago Region. Somme Woods East Join a group of volunteers who are interested in improving our local environment and having a good time doing it. We will be choosing a site to begin work at based on past monitoring and observations done by Habitat 2030. There are quite a few distinct areas that need our help to remove choking invasive brush and open up the canopy. No skills necessary, but please wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Join in, learn some ecology, and lend a hand. We meet at the far end of the Somme Woods East parking lot on Dundee Road. RSVP at www.fpdcc.com/cv. Dates and times are below. Saturday December 6th 12-3pm Sunday December 14th 10-1pm Sunday December 21st 10am-1pm Saturday December 27th 12-3pm Sunday, January 4th 10am-1pm Saturday January 10th, 12-3pm Sunday January 18th, 10-1pm Saturday January 24th, 12-3pm Sunday February 1st, 10am-1pm Saturday February 8thth 10am-1pm Saturday February 14th, 12-3pm Sunday February 22nd, 10am-1pm Saturday February 28th, 12-3pm Sunday March 8th, 10am-1pm Saturday March 14th, 12-3pm Sunday March 22nd, 10-1pm Saturday March 28th, 12-3pm
December 28, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
Restoration Work Day North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646 Volunteers assist with restoration of the 40-acre preserve. Please call Bob Porter: 312.744.5472
December 29, 2014
10:00am - 11:00am
Bring the family to LeRoy Oakes for a scavenger hunt in the winter woods. Naturalists will lead the search for nature’s “treasures” in the woods – from mouse tracks to maple seeds to rocks left by glaciers, there will be lots to look for! All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. Monday, Dec. 29; 10 – 11 a.m. Creek Bend Nature Center LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles, IL FREE
December 30, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am
Join the McHenry County Conservation District for some fun activities and learn what different local animals do to prepare for winter. Afterwards we will head outside to look for signs of animals that are active in this long cold season. Dress for the weather. Fee: $0 County resident/ $3 Non-resident. Ages3–10, accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline: December 26. Visit the McHenry County Conservation District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view the programs in greater detail or sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes. Registration is accepted online, by phone (free programs only) at (815) 479-5779, by mail-in and drop-off at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Rd. in Ringwood, IL.
December 31, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
Restoration Work Day North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646 Volunteers assist with restoration of the 40-acre preserve. Please call Bob Porter: 312.744.5472
January 1, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am
Experienced paddlers, bring your canoe or kayak and ring in the New Year by paddling down the Chicago River from Willow Road Dam to Linne Woods in Morton Grove. Shuttle runs 8 am - 2 pm from Linne Woods (Dempster St and Ferris Ave) to Willow Road Dam. See http://fpdcc.com/events/ for more information.
January 1, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am
What a better way to start the new year than a hike in the wintry woods! On this special holiday, you’re welcome to bring the family – grandkids and all! We’ll look for the first animal tracks made in the new year’s snow. We’ll also look at trees, seeds, and surprises from Mother Nature. There will be coffee and cocoa in the nature center, after the hike. Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles, IL FREE
January 2, 2015
9:30am - 11:30am
Nature’s Preschool at Glacial Park: Winter Birds Friday, January 2, 9, 23 and 30 from 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Rd., Ringwood. Is your little one ready to explore the outdoors in a preschool-style setting away from mom and dad? Come spend the morning with experienced McHenry County Conservation District educators at Glacial Park’s Lost Valley Visitor Center, where every day we’ll learn about a new bird, have outdoor exploration time, eat a snack, and work on a self-directed craft. Children must be 3 ½ years by the start of the program (birth date before July 2, 2011) and toilet-trained. This is a drop-off program. Bring a water bottle. A healthy snack will be provided. Ratio of adult to kids is 1:6. Fee: $0 County resident/ $5 Non-resident. Youth ages 3 ½ –5. Registration deadline: December 29. Visit the McHenry County Conservation District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view the programs in greater detail or sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes. Registration is accepted online, by phone (free programs only) at (815) 479-5779, by mail-in and drop-off at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Rd. in Ringwood, IL.
January 2, 2015
10:00am - 11:30am
It’s cold outside, but the animals are still active! Mammals have amazing adaptations that allow them to survive through the cold McHenry County winters. Learn how these creatures cope with the cold, as well as how we mimic their behavior to survive the cold weather ourselves. Program will include an outdoor hike. Dress for the weather. Fee: $0 County resident/ $3 Non-resident. Ages 3–5, accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline: December 29. Visit the McHenry County Conservation District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view the programs in greater detail or sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes. Registration is accepted online, by phone (free programs only) at (815) 479-5779, by mail-in and drop-off at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or drop-off only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Rd. in Ringwood, IL.
January 3, 2015
8:30am - 9:30am
Special Event: Winter Explorations with McHenry County Conservation District Snow or no, winter is a great time to explore outdoors. Winter reveals things usually hidden in other seasons and holds a few secrets as well. McHenry County Conservation District will get you and your family started on your own winter adventure during Winter Explorations on Saturday, January 3 from Noon–3 p.m. at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area – Shelter #1, 2411 N. IL Rte 23, Marengo. Stop by anytime or stay for the whole three hours as we provide you and your children stations for exploring winter’s wonders. Make a home for a mouse, play in the snow or leaves, look for tracks, and much more. Hot chocolate provided. Dress for the weather and “cool” outdoor fun! No registration is required. For more information call Prairieview Education Center, (815) 479-5779 or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.
   
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