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January 28, 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 28, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am
Join us for a special program for little naturalists. This a parent/caregiver and tot program for kids ages 2 - 6. If weather permits, we'll spend some time outdoors, dress for the weather. www.fpdcc.com
January 28, 2015
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 28, 4:30 - 6:30 pm Caldwell Woods Warming Shelter, 6350 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL It can be difficult to find your way around a bare winter forest. Learn how to use a field GPS unit. Then test your new skills on a scavenger hunt. More info at www.fpdcc.com
January 29, 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 29, 2015
11:30am - 1:00pm
Discover how oaks became such a diverse group of trees! Oaks first showed up in the Americas about 45 million years ago, then evolved to become arguably the continent's most important woody plant genus. In this talk, Dr. Andrew Hipp will tell the exciting story of oak evolution in the Americas, with photos of many (not all!) of the more than 400 species in the genus. Learn how ongoing research at the Arboretum and worldwide is clarifying the roles of speciation, convergence, and genome evolution in the evolution of this great genus. http://www.mortonarb.org/courses/45-million-years-oak-evolution-one-hour-or-less
January 30, 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 30, 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, IL. 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.
January 30, 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
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
9:00am - 12:00pm
Volunteers Needed: Join Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council member WRD Environmental, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, and the Natural Resources Committee of Geneva as they partner to help restore Fabyn Woods, a rare, 200-acre oak hickory woodland, one of the most endangered habitats in the world. Volunteers are in the 3rd season of restoration, restoring the woodland to health by removing invasive plants like buckthorn and honeysuckle. Work days are currently scheduled from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on January 17, 31, February 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 11, and 25. Tools, safety glasses, snacks, and beverages are provided. Fun guaranteed. You don’t need to register ahead of time, although if there is a large group interested please email Jay Womack at jwomack@wrdenviornmental.com ahead of time, to assure there is plenty of equipment available. Fabyan is located south of Geneva on the Fox River, with an entrance on Route 25. Volunteers meet in the parking lot on east side off Rte. 25 (across from the windmill). This restoration partnership is part of the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council Service Program, protecting nature and enriching life for all who live in our region.
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
   
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