Join in Green Friday Restoration Day with McHenry County Conservation District

  • On Green Friday, Nov. 23, the McHenry County Conservation District invites you to stop by for an hour or two to give back to the land.

    On Green Friday, Nov. 23, the McHenry County Conservation District invites you to stop by for an hour or two to give back to the land. Courtesy of McHenry County Conservation District

  • The McHenry County Conservation District welcomes nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to join in a Restoration Day at Exner Marsh Conservation Area in Lake in the Hills.

    The McHenry County Conservation District welcomes nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to join in a Restoration Day at Exner Marsh Conservation Area in Lake in the Hills. Daily Herald File Photo

 
Submitted by McHenry County Conservation District
Posted11/15/2018 10:27 PM

The day after Thanksgiving may be a popular day for shoppers, but it's an even better day for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

On Friday, Nov. 23, McHenry County Conservation District's Land Stewards at Exner Marsh, Boger Bog, Pleasant Valley and Alden Sedge Meadow invite the public to stop by for an hour or two to nurture their nature and give back to the land.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Come solo or bring along family and friends.

Your effort to restore habitat will give our local wildlife something to be thankful for. Don't know much about ecological restoration? Our volunteer stewards will explain why it's important and show you what to do. Work off your holiday feast while you cut and stack invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn.

While you're there, show the world how much you care! Post your photos or videos of the difference you make that day on social media with the tags #DiscoverMCCD and #GreenFriday.

All activities are outdoors and off trail -- wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. No need to stay for the entire time! Drop in and leave when it's convenient for you. Questions? Contact the Site Steward for the specific meeting location.

• Exner Marsh Conservation Area from 9 a.m. to noon in Lake in the Hills. For meetup location, contact site steward Len Bannon, (847) 669-1381 or lennsandy@gmail.com

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• Boger Bog Conservation Area from 10 a.m. to noon at 2100 Cherry Valley Road, Bull Valley; site steward Ders Anderson (815) 455-1537 or danderson@openlands.org

• Pleasant Valley Conservation Area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock; site steward Greg Rajsky (815) 814-5055 or quirkaceae@yahoo.com

• Alden Sedge Meadow from 1 to 3 p.m. in Alden/Harvard. For meetup location, contact site stewards Jack and Judy Speer (815) 648-1372 or smallwatersNFP@yahoo.com

If you can't make it Friday or want to participate in other restoration days, check the Conservation District website www.MCCDistrict.org under the Get Involved tab for regular locations and dates.

For more information on volunteer opportunities or to sign up to receive the seasonal magazine Landscapes, visit the district's website at www.MCCDistrict.org or call (815) 338-6223

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