Special Events

Experience McHenry County Conservation District by attending one of our upcoming special events!
Click the months below to reveal the events - updated quarterly. 

In addition to these special events, we also offer other seasonal programs.
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Special Events

Cache Your Way Across McHenry County
Geo-Series: ongoing 
This GeoSeries is specifically designed to turn your next staycation, day trip or geocaching expedition into an extraordinary adventure. Cache Your Way Across McHenry County GeoSeries highlights 15 of the best District spots where gamers will be led along unique trails, under bridges, to historic sites, or in the middle of a majestic oak woodland. At each stop, cachers will be introduced to a variety of interesting facts, fun tidbits, stories, quizzes and a question to answer in your GeoSeries Passport. Those who complete all 15 caches will earn the District’s newest geocoin. A couple of the caches have travel bugs. Please move these bugs along and do not keep them; you will get your own to keep when you successfully complete the tour! Complete all the caches and bring your passport to one of our facilities to claim a coin.  Find more information on our Geocaching page. 

Lost Valley Nature Detectives
Self-guided Explorations
Winter is here. But that's no excuse to stay inside! Check out our E-Learning page  for links to Nature Detectives activities and videos filled with things you can do from home! Stop by Lost Valley Visitor Center for new self-guided fun, puzzels, games and explore the Passport to Adventures exhibit.

Craft Brew Crawl
Friday, May 13  -  7-9 pm
Glacial Park

Join us for a beer-tasting hike through Glacial Park. We will make several stops to taste different micro-brews from local breweries. While you taste your beer we'll share some educational snippets to keep your brain and taste buds invigorated. You must be 21 and present a valid ID to attend this program. More information.

Just Who is Samuel Walker?
Sunday, May 22  -  Noon-4 pm
Powers- Walker House, Glacial Park 

Come visit this Greek Revival 1854 restored house and learn more about the resident families that called this area home. May's program features Samuel Walker, a prominent and influential man who owned the house in the late 1800s. Volunteers in historical attire are available to answer your questions. More information.
First Friday Concert: Steven John Roth
Friday,  June 3  -  7 - 8:30 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park


Steven John Roth --- covering songs that have stood the test of time from the 60s through the 90s. Songs from artists like The Beatles, The Eagles, The Bodeans, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffet, Tom Petty, America, Simon and Garfunkel and many more. Great songs that just never get old.
This is a free special event and all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Ice Cream Social of 1858
Sunday, June 5  -  Noon - 4 p.m.

Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park

Take a break from your hectic modern life and enjoy the simple pleasures of an old-fashioned ice cream social. Enjoy fresh-scooped ice cream, play old-time games, and chat with your neighbors while visiting the historic Powers-Walker house in the summertime. Various historical characters will stop by to tell you of their lives, including a cavalryman and his horse heading off to defend the frontier. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole afternoon of fun.

Hooked on Fishing
Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5  -  9 a.m.  - Noon
Saturday at Rush Creek & Sunday at The Hollows - Lake Atwood

Bring the whole family out for a fun morning of fishing, prizes, and more! A fishing license is not required for this FREE event. Bring your gear or borrow ours! Children get first preference on poles. First come, first served. Adult supervision of children is required. Registration will be required.

Pedal-Paddle-Saddle
Sunday, June 12  -  Varying Times
Glacial Park
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Ready for a day of canoeing, kayaking, biking, or horseback riding? Join us for our annual Pedal-Paddle-Saddle event!  A box lunch will be provided along with live music by Dan and Danielle .
Pedal - 9:30 am Paddle - 7:30 am Saddle - 9 am
12k, 20k, or 30k 2 hour (6mi) Canoe or Kayak 5.5 mi Trail Ride
First Friday Concert: Fox Crossing String Band
Friday, July 1  -  7-8:30 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park 

This all-female bluegrass group from Chicago has been winning hearts with their beautiful harmonies, original songwriting, and entertaining stage presence ever since forming in November 2016. Following their debut performance at Winter Roots Festival in February 2017, they’ve gone on to perform at many festivals and events across the Midwest. Traveling east to the John Hartford Memorial Festival, west to Dawn and On Festival in the Quad Cities, north to Door County, and everything in-between. This is a free special event and all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Living History Open House: Over There and Over Here
Sunday, July 3  -  Noon - 4 p.m.
Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park 

Come visit this Greek Revival 1854 restored house and learn more about the families that once called it home. This open house features the Miller family who inhabited the area during the World War I era. Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions. Enjoy the war-time memorabilia and listen to the stories of both the home-front and the soldiers' perspective from this important conflict that changed our world.
First Friday Concert: The StingRays
Friday, August 5  -  7-8:30 p.m.
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park 

The StingRays play the greatest music ever written and play it with the energy, passion and authenticity of the artists whose music they love. Excellent musicians, everyone LOVES the StingRays Rock and Roll. Their music, great rapport with audiences, their look and the famous StingRay moves have made them repeated favorites at festivals, concert series, casinos, clubs, corporate events and parties throughout the Midwest. The StingRays love interacting with audiences through trivia, dance contests and even joining people in the audience. The StingRays always get the crowd dancing and singing to songs. This is a free special event and all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult family member.