McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)

yarn spinning demonstrationLiving History Open House—Twilight 

Thursday, October 9
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  
Drop-in Anytime
Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park

Enjoy the twilight ambiance of this 1850’s house by candlelight and lamplight while enjoying a fall evening viewing the ever-changing colors in the Lost Valley Marsh. Smell the aromas and see what is being baked in the wood-burning stove. Don’t forget to check out new changes in the ongoing restoration of this historic house since the last time you visited.

Perching birdThe Big Sit!
Bird Watching Event

Sunday, October 12  7 a.m - 4 p.m.
Powers-Walker House—Glacial Park Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week with birding’s most sedentary event, The Big Sit! an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event. The concept is simple: find a good spot for bird watching, sit in one spot for a designated time period, and count all the bird species you see or hear. The Big Sit! falls in October, when fall migration is in full swing. This is the perfect opportunity to spot as many migrants as you can that pass through our area. Gather your closest bird-watching friends together for a bird-a-thon, a perfect excuse to share good stories, meet new friends, enjoy the outdoors and appreciate our fine feathered friends.

Co-Hosted by Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge & Friends of Hackmatack.

Children's Story HourChildren’s Story Time

Oct. 12 & Nov. 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake
Enhance your sense of wonder by introducing fiction into your nature experience. Enjoy part of your Sunday afternoon listening to a story, taking an exploratory hike, and making a craft to take home. No registration required. All ages.
OctoberRed Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by Lois Ehlert. NovemberWhen Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan.

Family Oak Planting - 100 Oaks for 100 years event

100 Oaks for 100 Years

Saturday, October 18
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. FREE

Glacial Park, Lost Valley Visitor Center

Bring your family and friends out to help us plant 100 oak trees! One hundred years ago there were oaks on this spot, and our goal is to restore the area to the oak savanna it once was. This is your chance to be part of planting the 100 oaks to be around for the next 100 years! Stop in anytime or stay and visit oak specialists, make an oak craft and listen to stories of majestic oaks.

checking the geocache coordinatesCache Your Way
Across McHenry County GEOTOUR—

Turn your next staycation, day trip or geocaching expedition into an extraordinary adventure. This GeoTour highlights 15 of the best District spots where gamers are led along unique trails, under bridges, and to historic sites. Download passports…

Lost Valley Ventures

Lost Valley Ventures —
Family Exploration Programs!

Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m.
No program Nov. 22 or 29.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park

September–Fun with Flowers
October–Bird Migration
NovemberWhite-tailed Deer

Bring the family for a free afternoon of a nature craft, lesson, game and hike.   Topics change monthly…line

Site Advisories

[Updated 9/29/14]


Upcoming Sites & Trail Closing:   

Oct. 17-19, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 14-16  Lyons Prairie & Marsh, Stickney Run, Silver Creek and Hickory Grove Riverfront campground and trail to Silver Creek (open for fishing)


Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 14-16    Hickory Grove Highlands


Nov. 1 thru Jan. 18    High Point and Winding Creek, County Line Road Access


Nov. 21-23   Glacial Park & Lost Valley Visitor Center, Beck's Woods, Coral Woods, Marengo Woods, Pleasant Valley and Rush Creek


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Fall issue (Sept.-Oct.-Nov.):

Long-Legged Wetland Waders

Moving Day! Migration Madness

The Role of the Conservation District

Research Roundup

Prairieview Education Center

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