In March, the McHenry County Conservation District will offer outdoor adventures at dusk. Visit the district's website at www.MCCDistrict.org to view all program and event offerings or sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes. Register online, by phone, for 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 Road in Ringwood.
Enjoy a candlelight hike through Coral Woods and get a sneak peek preview of Festival of the Sugar Maples in a park that is otherwise closed to visitors after sunset. Learn about how the district prepares for the festival, share some fireside stories, and listen for the presence of nocturnal wildlife from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset, Marengo.
Be prepared to hike roughly 1.25 miles on potentially snowy terrain. After the hike, gather by the campfire, make a gourmet version of s'mores, and share a toast with an adult beverage. Participants who wish to share in the latter must be 21 and bring a valid ID.
This is a great date night or girls' night out. Fee is $20 for county residents and $25 for nonresidents. The Just for Adults program is for those age 14 and older. Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 27.
Bring the family out to the Lost Valley Visitor Center for an evening of games, activities and a hike, all based on the topic of nature sounds at night, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood.
This will be mostly an indoor program, but attendees will go for a short night hike at the end, weather permitting. Fee for this adult and family program is free for county residents or $5 for nonresidents. Registration deadline is Friday, March 10.
Spring has officially arrived, which means warmer weather, a bounty of birds, and beautiful blossoms are all on the way. Get out and enjoy the beginning of the spring season from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake.
On this evening of fireside fun, attendees will take a short night hike through the woods, look at the night sky through a telescope, weather permitting, and warm up around the fire with snacks while playing a few fun games.
This adults and families program is free for county residents or $5 for nonresidents. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 21.
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