June is Leave No Child Inside month, and the Chicago Wilderness alliance is celebrating by offering a series of free outdoor events for families.
On Friday, June 15, the village of Algonquin is hosting the 10th annual Conservation Community Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the Woods Creek bike path from Bunker Hill Drive south to Woods Creek Lane (near Ted Spella Park) in Algonquin.
The event, which is free to the public, aims to educate residents about how they can help preserve and protect natural resources.
Activities include making art from recycled materials and visiting booths sponsored by local environmental organizations (McHenry County Conservation District, McHenry County Audubon, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Natural Area Volunteers), local governmental agencies (McHenry County Health Department and Water Resources Department, Village of Algonquin Public Works, Algonquin Area Library District, Dundee Township Open Space), and local companies with a "green" emphasis (Land Keepers, Applied Ecological Services, Community Energy, Waste Management). Each group will have a table that may include information, volunteer opportunities, hands-on activities for children, and more.
"Conservation Community Day is a wonderful event to bring families out to the Woods Creek bike path to experience nature firsthand. Plenty of fun and educational opportunities await you," said Katie Parkhurst, senior planner for the village of Algonquin and organizer of the event.
Parking is available on Bunker Hill Drive, Woods Creek Lane, Saratoga Drive and the Algonquin Area Public Library located on Harnish Drive.
"Leave No Child Inside Month events bring families together around fun, enriching experiences in nature we hope will inspire year-round outdoor exploration and a life-long appreciation for the natural world," said Melinda Pruett-Jones, executive director, Chicago Wilderness.
About Chicago Wilderness
Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance that connects people and nature. More than 250 public, private and corporate organizations work together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all who live here, by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. The four key initiatives of Chicago Wilderness -- to restore the health of local nature, green infrastructure, combat climate change, and leave no child inside -- reflect our commitment to using science and emerging knowledge, as well as a collaborative approach to conservation, to benefit all the region's residents. For more information, visit www.chicagowilderness.org.