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January 31, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
January 31, 2015
January 31, 2015
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Join us for a Lost Valley Venture at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Rd., Ringwood. This family exploration program includes a nature lesson, game, and activity based around this month’s topic: Animal Tracking. If the weather allows, guests will also go for a short outdoor exploratory hike with staff, so dress for the weather and walking. No registration required. All ages are welcome. Topics change monthly: February–Terrific Trees. This program is intended for families and cannot accommodate organized groups. Youth groups should contact Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 to schedule a program for their group. MCCDistrict.org
January 31, 2015
5:00pm - 9:00pm
McHenry County Conservation District Both Friday and Saturday evenings from 5–9 p.m. January 30 & 31 Coral Woods Conservation Area, Marengo February 20 & 21 Rush Creek Conservation Area, Harvard Don’t miss your chance to cross-country ski on trails lit only by candlelight! Skiers of every experience level and age are welcome, but you must bring your own equipment. Gather around the campfire for refreshments after your time out on the trail. Trails will be groomed for skiing if there is 4” of snow or more. Not enough snow? Leave the skis at home and enjoy a candlelight hike, some hot refreshments around a campfire and the allure of the winter woods. Note: events are canceled if trails are icy/hazardous or the wind chill drops below -20 degrees. Check the front page of the website, Facebook, Twitter @ DiscoverMCCD, for updates, call (815) 338-6223 or sign up for e-mail notification at MCCD@MCCDistrict.org. You can always ski on your own at one of the McHenry County Conservation District's seven groomed trails during daylight hours, see website for details: www.mccdistrict.org
February 1, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
February 1, 2015
10:00am - 1:00pm
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, Northbrook, IL 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. 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
February 1, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Prepare for the upcoming nesting season by constructing a birdhouse. Plans and placement suggestions will be included. One birdhouse per family. Ages 10 & up. Registration Required. $5 donation per birdhouse. Call 847-381-6592 to register. www.fpdcc.com
February 2, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
February 2, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am
Monday, February 2 from 10–11 a.m. at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Enjoy an hour of fun including a game, craft, snack and other educational activities all based around the special theme of the day. Fee: $0 County resident/ $3 Non-resident. Ages 2–6, accompanied by an adult. Registration deadline: January 29. Visit the District’s website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view 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.
February 3, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
February 3, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Green Drinks is a monthly meetup that hosts discussions and presentations on a range of environmental topics. Save the Dunes is starting a new Green Drinks chapter in Gary to be held the first Tuesday of every month at 18th Street Brewery. February's topic is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The National Park Service staff and Save the Dunes will present on the ongoing oak savanna restoration project occurring in Miller Woods, Tolleston Dunes, and the State Park. Green Drinks attendees will also hear about upcoming stewardship and educational events at the park. Details at: http://www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary
February 4, 2015
Artists have been inspired by these intriguing birds for centuries. Only Owls brings together an array of 40 artistic representations in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, and woodcut drawn from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection. Each artwork provides insight into the fascinating world of owls, while demonstrating the variety of approaches to the species taken by the artists. The McHenry County Conservation District will complement this unique art exhibit with owl facts and artifacts, offering a blend of natural history information and art appreciation. Winter is also a great time to study owls, as most are year-round residents that begin their mating and nesting season during this cold, dark time of year. Attend one of our owl-focused programs in the weeks leading up to this exhibit to learn more about the artists’ subject matter. Call 815-678-4532 for more information about the exhibit or call 815-479-5779 for program information.
   
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