Look for the Latest Park Improvements!
Work has begun for the Osprey Meadows Viewing Area!
This new enhancements to the park is under construction now, and can be found along the Lake Defiance Trail at the Oak Opening trail spur junction. Near the top of the hill from the Oak Opening parking lot, you can get a sweeping view of the lake, a gorgeous prairie, and the osprey platform. This year's three chicks have fledged, but keep an eye out for them - they will still hang around this summer, as well as the adults.
Our Nature Center has had a makeover.
Newly installed LED lighting brightens the exhibits while conserving energy. In addition, the 1990's green carpeting has been replaced by vinyl planking that reveals a natural wood look. A BIG thanks to the Friends for helping finance these much needed improvements. The Nature Center is closed from mid-November until April of 2020. We will then return to our Thursday - Sunday 10:00 - 3:30 schedule.
Both Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam will be an even better place to view wildlife!
Thanks to the McHenry County Community Foundation, who recently awarded the Friends of Moraine Hills State Park with a $7,000 grant. This substantially funded the purchase and installation of a dual wildlife viewing station at the dam. Great for viewing birds!
Two more osprey nesting platforms have been installed.
Through the cooperative efforts of Moraine Hills staff, the IDNR Heritage Biologist, and Commonwealth Edison, opsreys have two more nesting platforms. One is at the south end of the McHenry Dam loop trail. The other is at the west end of Lake Defiance, opposite the platform already in use by these magnificent birds on the eastern shore.
Keep your eyes peeled for some top notch wildlife sightings while you visit your beautiful parks.