Living 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.
The 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 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.
October–Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. November–When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan.
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.
Cache 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 —
Saturdays, 2–3:30 p.m.
No program Nov. 22 or 29.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park
September–Fun with Flowers
Bring the family for a free afternoon of a nature craft, lesson, game and hike. Topics change monthly…
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
The District's FREE quarterly magazine,
filled with news, programs and events.
Fall issue (Sept.-Oct.-Nov.):
Long-Legged Wetland Waders
Moving Day! Migration Madness
The Role of the Conservation District
Prairieview Education Center