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  • After a hike to teach visitors how to distinguish maples from other hardwood species, naturalist Valerie Blaine drills a hole in an adult maple tree to put a tap in it to collect sap during a maple sugaring demonstration in St. Charles. The Forest Preserve District of Kane County will hold its annual Maple Sugaring Days Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16.

    Maple sugaring heralds spring’s arrivalMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The best things in life are worth waiting for. Spring, for example. The initiation of spring for many folks is maple sugaring. Both spring and maple sugaring are a long time coming this year. But they are coming.

     
  • Noel Hoger, 17, of Algonquin pulls in a little bluegill while ice fishing at Lake Atwood in The Hollows Conservation Area during a park district-sponsored event in Cary Saturday. Aside from making holes and providing poles, the park district also shared tips for safe ice fishing.

    Ice fishing a family affair in McHenry CountyFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    A frozen Lake Atwood in McHenry County is the last place you'd expect to find a seven months pregnant woman. But that's where Meghan Stack and her husband Fred were ice fishing Saturday afternoon. Dressed in thermal wear, they fished from inside Fred's nylon shanty. “I wouldn't be out here without the shanty,” said Meghan Stack, who was introduced to the sport by her husband.

     
  • See the moon and stars through a telescope, cook some s’mores over a campfire and enjoy some storytelling at the “Valentine’s Day Celebration Under the Stars.”

    Conservation groups offers outdoor Valentine’s Day celebrationFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Enjoy an evening with your family or that special someone under the full moon and stars. Come to McHenry County Conservation District’s “Valentine’s Day Celebration Under the Stars” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Prairieview Education Center

     
  • Timothy R. McNamee “Mackers” Memorial Park in Carpentersville features a boat launch. A new study is expected to determine if more are needed as well as other recreational amenities.

    Algonquin, Carpentersville score grant for Fox River improvementsDec 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Algonquin and Carpentersville have secured a grant aimed at enhancing recreational opportunities along the Fox River, which runs through both villages. “It was great to have a willing partner who has similar goals and we can work together to try to make the river more of a regional draw,” said Ben Mason, Algonquin’s senior planner. “The stretch from Algonquin to Carpentersville is four miles, so that’s a very good stretch.”

     
  •  The shadow of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is cast on a wall as she speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit. A month after President Barack Obama announced people could keep insurance policies slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul, the reversal has gotten a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers.

    Obama reversal on health plan gets mixed reviews Dec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama’s decision a month ago that allowed people to keep insurance policies once slated for cancellation under the federal health overhaul has received a mixed response from insurers, state regulators and consumers. In pitching the overhaul, Obama had long promised that people who liked their policies could keep them. But many consumers complained upon getting notification from their insurers in October and November that their individual policies would be canceled.

     
  •  At McHenry County Conservation District’s Trail of History, living history interpreters depict life as it was in the Northwest Territory, circa 1670-1850.

    McHenry County Conservation district to hold final Trail of History event Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    If you’ve never looked out over the crest in McHenry County’s Glacial Park into a valley of pioneer-era encampments, the 25th anniversary Trail of History is not the one to miss. When 200 re-enactors set up the weekend of Oct. 19-20, it’ll be the last time the McHenry County Conservation District hosts the beloved event, which traditionally draws up to 10,000 visitors.

     
  •  Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court for another look.

    High court sends back Texas race-based plan Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan.

     
  •  The McHenry County Conservation District will show kids how to create music inspired by the sounds of plants and wildlife during a June 30 songwriting class.

    New program teaches kids about nature and songwriting Jun 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Bring out the “natural” musician in your children … enroll them in McHenry County Conservation District’s newest program, “Nature Songwriting for Kids.”

     
  • Sponsor a tree for McHenry’s reforestation program Apr 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Join in the "Planting for Tomorrow" reforestation program at McHenry County Conservation District's Coral Woods Conservation Area near Marengo. Donations will be accepted until April 30.

     
  •  Sarah Henry, 11, of Batavia takes her turn practicing with a hand drill during a maple sugaring program for home-schooled kids at Brewster Creek Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

    Maple trees offer more than just syrup Feb 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    ‘Tis the season to think maple. Granted, this is not Vermont, it’s Illinois. Nor is it autumn, it’s winter. But our native Illinois maple trees are noteworthy, especially now, when the sap is rising and maple trees bring the promise of spring.

     
  • Explore Animal Tracks in Glacial Park program Jan 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Join the McHenry County Conservation District for a "Lost Valley Venture" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 or 23 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park.

     
  •  Tom McCarthy recently retired after serving 37 years with the McHenry County Conservation District.

    Manager of McHenry County Conservation District retires Jan 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Tom McCarthy took his last trip to the office Jan. 11 after 37 years of service to McHenry County Conservation District. McCarthy, 59, has been the Land & Facilities Manager for the past 25 years, responsible for maintaining the infrastructure; buildings, roads, bridges and equipment.

     
  •  Thomas Gaudio, 15, of Lake in the Hills, left, lowers his line into a fresh hole near Kim Cederlund of Union and her sons, Tyler, 11, center, and 8-year-old Will during Saturday’s Frost Fishing Fair in Cary. The event was organized by the McHenry Conservation District.

    Ice fishing a family event in Cary Jan 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Gerner family's first attempt at ice fishing yielded just a couple of little fish, but a whole lot of fun on Saturday in Cary. The Gerners of Johnsburg were among more than 150 people who participated in the McHenry County Conservation District's first Frosty Fishing Fair on Lake Atwood at The Hollows Conservation Area.

     
  •  Volunteer Stacy Szymanski of Lake in the Hills portrays a woman from 1763 at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Trail of History.

    Trail of History recreates Northwest Territory in McHenry County Oct 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    The perfect way to spend a fall day outdoors is at the McHenry County Conservation District's annual "Trail of History" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, at Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood.

     
  • No inflation increase in McHenry Co. proposed budget Oct 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    Next year's proposed budget for McHenry County accounts for no cost-of-living increase in the property tax levy while giving raises to union and nonunion staff, a balance that the county board first gave a nod to back in July. The county would collect about $2.3 million less in revenues than allowed under the tax cap law, officials said.

     
  • Give your input on Fox Bluff Conservation Area Aug 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    The McHenry County Conservation District is accepting comments from the public until Friday regarding preliminary conceptual plans for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, which includes the former 116-acre Camp Algonquin, which closed last year after more than 100 years. Right now only the northern half of the Fox Bluff is open to the public.

     
  • Input sought on improvements to Fox Bluff Conservation Area in Cary Jul 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    McHenry County Conservation District is accepting public comments on improvements being planned for Fox Bluff Conservation Area located at Cary-Algonquin and Cold Springs Road in Cary. A public viewing of the draft plan will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake.

     
  • Celebrate the Year of the Bat with McHenry County Conservation District during “Barn Full of Bats” on Wednesday, July 25. Enjoy bat-themed games, crafts and activities for the whole family.

    Bat-themed evening to be held at Glacial Park Jul 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Swoop on in to celebrate the Year of the Bat with McHenry County Conservation District during "Barn Full of Bats" from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

     
  • An American Goldfinch pokes around duckweed near Boy Scout Island in St. Charles. The bird's most common natural habitat is weedy fields and floodplains, but with the drought, creatures of all kinds are seeking water wherever they can find it.

    Water 101: How to weather the drought Jul 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    Stuck in the gridlock of Randall Road, I watched as sprinklers shot water in glistening arcs over grass-covered median strips. Millions of water drops were evaporating into thin air, never reaching a blade of grass. I cringed. That was my water someone was wasting. Your water, too.

     
  •  Derek, left, and Delaney Garden of Carpentersville help to plant an oak sapling at Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve in West Dundee last year. Another tree planting day is slated for Saturday, April 21, in honor of Earth Day.

    Earth Day events in the Fox Valley Apr 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    Earth Day is the perfect time to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of the Fox Valley. Here are some events taking place this weekend that offer a chance to learn about, and celebrate nature.

     
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