Enjoy the outdoors with spring programs with McHenry County Conservation District
As the weather warms up, sign up for the outdoor recreational programming available with McHenry County Conservation District. Register at MCCDistrict.org for a variety of programs for all ages and abilities that encourage residents to get outdoors and enjoy nature while incorporating healthy movement.
Hurry, limited spots are available for these April programs! Registration is required for all participants for these programs.
• Start off your Saturday morning with "Morning Yoga" at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo. Enjoy a relaxing hour of gentle yoga while taking in all the sights and sounds of beautiful Marengo Ridge. A large towel or yoga mat is required.
• Join volunteer bird enthusiast Dave Miller for an evening of "Woodland Wandering" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Glacial Park, Ringwood. Catch a glimpse of the birds that are passing through on their migration and search for those that stay as summer or year-round residents. Join the group for discussion at the Lost Valley Visitor Center following the hike.
• Let's focus on fitness with Cross Fitness Trail Hike (intermediate/advanced) at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Hickory Grove Highlands Shelter #1, 500 Hickory Nut Grove Road in Cary. This class incorporates functional fitness movements along the way during this guided fitness hike. This is great for athletes and those with experience with high intensity workouts and outdoor race experience. Emphasis is placed on proper technique and workout strategies. No equipment needed; dress for fitness and weather.
• Get outdoors and make an impact with "Earth: A Place to Live, Learn, and Work" at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Glacial Park, Ringwood. Earth will be the theme of the "Spring Weekend of Restoration" -- not earth the planet but earth the second of the ancient Greek elements that made up the universe: fire, earth, air, and water. Earth is substance, matter, form, and change, all subjects of modern natural sciences, but earth also gives humans space, location, place, and the possibility of belonging somewhere. Explore together how all of these perspectives come together to inform current reforestation efforts.
Plant native trees and shrubs and build protective cages at Glacial Park. Participants will spend the day outdoors; come dressed for the weather. Registration fee includes a box lunch. Visit www.facebook.com/MCCDWEOR/.
Participants must wear a face covering and practice social distancing during participation. For registration or information, visit MCCDistrict.org for more information and to register.
McHenry County Conservation District currently owns and protects 25,600 acres of open space which provides wildlife habitat preservation, educational opportunities and recreational amenities for the citizens of McHenry County to enjoy. The district exists to preserve, restore, and manage natural areas and open spaces for their intrinsic value and for the benefits to present and future generations.
For information, visit www.mccdistrict.org.