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Walk with a Naturalist
Canoe/Kayak with a Naturalist

For most programs, watch for the pink and green feather flag to meet us.

More of these programs will be added, so check back with us.

  

MHSP program location flag by Mary Colwe

Walk With a Naturalist:  Ages 5 and up. Walks are limited to 10 people, including the leader. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows.

Ever wonder what that animal call was, or which bird flew past? What's the name of that beautiful flower with the spring-loaded seed pods? And how much food can chipmunks cram in those cheeks? What about those animal tracks in the snow? Our naturalists can fill you in about the crazy, fantastic, weird and amazing natural world we live in as we walk along the trails. Fall and winter walks are usually turn-around hikes (out & back) for 60-90 minutes. From April through early fall, we can be on an adventure from 10:00-12:00.  If it's hot, we'll finish earlier. Remember to dress for the weather. Other items to keep you comfortable are sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, water, comfy shoes, and bug spray. Hike times begin at 10:00 a.m. Let's go!

Upcoming date(s) and parking locations are: 

 

  Thursday, Jul 11, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

  Tuesday, Jul 23, Moraine Hills S.P., Northern Woods

  Thursday, Jul 25, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

  Thursday, Aug 1, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

  Tuesday, Aug 6, Moraine Hills S.P., Oak Opening

  Thursday, Aug 8, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

  Monday, Aug 12, Moraine Hills S.P., Whitetail Prairie

  Thursday, Aug 22, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

  Monday, Sep 9, Moraine Hills S.P., Oak Opening

  Thursday, Sep 12, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

  Monday, Sep 23, Moraine Hills S.P., Northern Woods

  Thursday, Sep 26, McHenry Dam (park at the far south end of the lot)

Watch this space for future dates!

Canoe/Kayak with a Naturalist: Ages 16 and up; limit eight boats 

 

Meet naturalist Mary at the Park Office lot. We'll explore the aquatic realm of Lake Defiance - a high quality glacial lake! This lake harbors more than meets the eye, from carnivorous bladderwort plants to diving beetles, turtles, frogs & fish. Life vests are required to be WORN for the entirety of the adventure. Meet and unload your boat at the Park Office parking lot.*

Bring your own boat, and be proficient in its use. Life jackets must be worn for the entire program.

Upcoming date(s) are: 

Saturday June 15, 9:45 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, June 15, 12:45 - 2:30 PM

*If the lot is full, you can unload your boat at the office, zip over to the neighboring Lake Defiance parking lot to park your vehicle, and walk back to us within 5 minutes.

To register for these programs, please contact us at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or call 815-344-1294.

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