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Up-coming Programs 

Volo Bog State Natural Area &

The Moraine Hills State Park

Explore Nature with us!

A full line-up of programs close to home and FREE*! (What could be better?!)

*Donations are happily accepted by the sites associated Friends groups

LNCI! Encouraging families to--- Leave No Child Inside!

Reservations are requested for most programs - REPLY or Phone 815-344-1294

Limited drop-ins welcome but... program may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  The following list is provided in chronological order, based on the next activity time.  Some programs repeat monthly while others are one-time activities.  Locations and other information is available at the end of the list.

 

Autumn into Winter at Volo Bog SNA, Moraine Hill SP & McHenry Dam

Scan down for the details ;0)

 

Now:

         Vote NOW in our 28th Annual Volo Bog SNA Nature Photo Contest

          

Moraine Hills Photo Contest winners are displayed at MHSP through this weekend

         Bird Feeders are Full Watch birds from the warmth of your car at Moraine Hills State Park's Kettle Woods, Pine Hills, Nature Center & Northern Woods and from the warth of Volo Bog State Natural Area's visitor center.  Bird seed is provided by our Friends groups.  Donate or join them - more information at www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org & www.FriendsofVoloBog.org

This Weekend:

         Bog Tours  Saturday & Sunday @ 11 am & 1 pm

Looking Ahead:

         Photo Club with ShutterBugs of Volo Bog November 19

         Astronomy Night with LCAS November 21

         Youth Art Guild December 7

         Friends & Volunteers Appreciation & Annual Pot Luck Party December 11

         WinterFest at Volo Bog State Natural Area January 11

Monthly Gatherings

Book Discussions  *   Photo Club   Astronomy Nights   Habitat Work Days   Volunteer Veterans' Conservation Corps   Youth Art Guild 

 

Please Note:

Most programs are FREE!  Donations are happily accepted by our Friends groups

Reservations are requested for most programs (and required for some) - Phone 815-344-1294 or email dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

Limited Drop-ins usually welcome but...program may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.

Keep scanning down for program details listed chronologically below.

 

Would you be our Friend?

Our Friends provide support of educational programs, habitat restoration and other activities at your favorite nature sites.  Perhaps you'd like to join them... For membership and other information visit www.FriendsofVoloBog.org & www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org.

Donations and a portion of membership to these 501(c)(3) organizations may be tax deductible - consult a tax advisor.

 

Guided Tours of Volo Bog

Most Saturdays & Sundays    11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.    LNCI!

Take time for a peaceful refuge among the tamaracks this holiday season.  A sweet pine aroma rises from the carpet of golden needles covering sphagnum moss.  The bare winter tamaracks occassionally host long-eared owls and white-winged and red crossbills - birds whose crossed bills are specially adapted to extracting seeds from pine cones.  Leatherleaf is losing chlorophyll and turning red then brown for winter.  Wool grass, water dock and other other wetland plants have also taken on their winter dress to highlight our guided tours of Volo Bog. 

All ages are welcome to our one-hour public tours for individuals, families and small groups of nine or fewer.  No reservations are needed except... groups of 10 or more, please phone to arrange a private group tour.  For more information, phone 815-344-1294 or visit Volo Bog State Natural Area athttp://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/VOLOBOG.HTM

 

Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Third Wednesdays         7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

November 19; December 17; January 21; February 18

New members are always welcome - visit www.ShutterBugsofVoloBog.com for membership information (payment accepted on-site Wednesday).

The ShutterBugs of Volo Bog meet on the third Wednesday of each month.  Share your love of nature photography while learning how to improve your images through camera skills, composition, field techniques and digital manipulation.  Guest speakers, programs, and member competitions help photographers learn how to create impactful nature images.  While membership is required to compete, non-members are always welcome to attend - no registration required. Memberships are available at the meetings.  Visit www.ShutterBugsofVoloBog.com for more information.

 

Habitat Work Days at Volo Bog State Natural Area         Every-other Thursday

November 20; December 4; stay tuned for more.

Team Leaders: Neil Whitman and John Katzenmayer          Adults (and kids ages 10 and older)

The Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Team (HRST) at Volo Bog State Natural Area is seeking new volunteers to tackle exotic invasive species and help restore the natives!  Each session may involve pulling, cutting, planting and gathering seeds, depending on the season.   A camaraderie and sense of accomplishment makes each day worthwhile!

Current Project:  North Bench Overlook Brush Cutting and/or Seed Processing

Come Prepared:  Please dress for the weather with long pants and bring drinking water and comfortable work gloves.

Reservations requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov.   Walk-ins welcome but session may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  New HRST Volunteers must register ahead and plan to arrive 15 minutes early for paperwork ;0)   Sessions are cancelled if it rains or will rain within four hours of end time.

 

Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area             LNCI!

Third Fridays        8:30 p.m. - open

November 21; December 19 (Off Site/Members only); January 16; February 20

The Lake County Astronomical Society (LCAS) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 pm The meeting begins with an open business meeting, followed by a free public astronomy program at about 8:30 pm After the public astronomy program, there will be a public star party in the parking lot starting at 9:30 p.m.(weather permitting).

The public star party begins at approximately 9:30 pm weather permitting.  Guests are encouraged to join in viewing many astronomical objects using member binoculars and telescopes. For more information, visit www.lcas-astronomy.org or email to contact@lcas-astronomy.org

The Lake County Astronomical Society is a group of people of all ages who are interested in the science of astronomy.  For more information, visit www.lcas-astronomy.org or FaceBook page at http://on.fb.me/LCAS-S2013 Direct questions to LCAS at: contact@lcas-astronomy.org

 

Volunteer Veterans' Conservation Corps Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturdays:  December 6; January 17, 31; February 14, 28; March 14, 28; April 11; May 9....

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

Reply to Register.  First-timers are encouraged to join!  

Current Project:  Seed Sorters & Bird Houses

On the to-do list:  Leopold Benches, Osprey Tower, Bat Houses?

Meet at the Volo Bog SNA garage behind the Visitor Center.  

Volunteer Veterans' Conservation Corp provides opportunities for veterans to continue serving their country by assisting with and developing projects to enhance our state parks and natural areas.   The VVCC is a cooperative effort of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at VBSNA, MHSP & MD, Friends of Volo Bog and Friends of Moraine Hills State Park with additional support provided by the Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County.  Natural Resources Coordinator Stacy Iwanicki, advisor to the VVCC, emphasizes how the corps is bringing veterans from different generations and conflicts together around a common cause - protection and enhancement of the natural environment in Illinois.  For information on joining the Volunteer Veterans' Conservation Corps, contact Ms. Iwanicki at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

 

Youth Art Guild meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area           LNCI!

First Sunday of Each Month, February - December (exception - second Sunday in July)   

1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

YAG Has Openings for more students - Please inquire!

         December 7 - Pastel Chalks & Oil Pastels with Jim Gamboa of www.YellowHouseArtists.com

         No January Meeting - sign up now for 2015

         February 1 - Duck Stamp Competition?

         March 1 - Duck Stamp Competition?

         April 5; May 3; June 7; July 12; August 2; September 6; October 4; November 8; December 6

VBSNA's Youth Art Guild is open to students ages 11 - 17 who wish to explore nature through art.  Non-competitive, individualistic, interactive & supportive - each session welcomes a different mentoring artist and includes outdoor sketching & journaling as well as indoor work.  As members of a nature art guild, young artists explore and create nature-themed works, and meet with guest artists of varying interests.  While the style and media varies (ex. anime, whimsical sculpture, botanical/scientific illustration, impressionistic painting, etc...) the central theme always celebrates Nature.

Sponsored by Friends of Volo Bog - $30.00 annual fee plus $10.00 monthly fee covers most supplies.  Sponsor Reprographics Imaging and Art Supplies of Crystal Lake provides guild members with discounts on art materials - visit them at www.Reprographics.org

For more information and to register contact Stacy Iwanicki at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov  or 815-344-1294.

 

Friends & Volunteers Appreciation & Annual Pot Luck

Thursday, December 11        7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Friends members from both organizations - www.FriendsofVoloBog.org and www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org join with volunteers from both sites to recognize and celebrate the year's contributions and accomplishments.  Touted as one of the best pot-luck spreads, this dinner is almost worth the price of membership!  New members are welcome - visit the web sites for mailable membership application.  Registration deadline 3 pm, Wednesday, December 10 - atdnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.  All ages welcome.

 

Of Bogs & Books - Book Discussions at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Engaging Conversations since 1994!

Second Saturdays     10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       See Attachment & ask for our cumulative list of over 200 titles

This monthly gathering of adults (age 17 & older, generally...) shares discussions of nature, science & environmental readings over morning coffee & snacks. Over 200 titles have been discussed since establishment in 1994!

December 13 - Of Prairie, Woods and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing by Joel Greenberg

January 10 - Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich

        January participants choose spring reads

February 14 - The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence

To register, contact us as dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294

 

Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.     LNCI!      See the attached refrigerator flyer!

December 14; January 18; February 8, 21; March 1; & always more to come.

Our bird walks go through prairie restorations, woodlands, old fields, marshes and of course Volo Bog itself.   Long-eared owls occassionally winter in the tamaracks.  Northern shrike, juncoes and American tree sparrows are among the winter visitors.  Visit www.eBird.org to explore the latest sightings.   Bring binoculars and field guides, or borrow from our leaders.  Walk is approximately 3 miles and takes from 2 - 3+ hours with weather and luck in birding.

Adults and attentive kids ages 6 and older are welcome.  Meet in the main parking lot. 

Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov   Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  Co-sponsored, and led by members of, McHenry County Audubon.  Visit them at www.McHenryAudubon.org.

 

Animal Tracking at Moraine Hills State Park

Saturday, January 3    10:30 am - 12:00 pm    Meet at Northern Woods Parking Area

Join Naturalist Stacy Iwanicki in search of deer, raccoon, 'possum, mink, weasel, fox, coyote, crow, tweety-bird, and other animal tracks!  Stacy will discuss how animals walk to produce different track patterns as well as prints, scat and other signs they leave behind.  Dress for the weather in layers and warm hiking boots.

Adults and attentive kids ages 6 and older are welcome.  Meet in Northern Woods parking area.

Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov   Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior. 

 

Bird Walks at McHenry Dam

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.       LNCI!    See the attached refrigerator flyer!

January 11February 28, March 7, & always more to come! 

With habitats including the Fox River, marshes, prairies and woods, a great variety of birds can be found on this two-mile hike.  Bald eagles are occassionally seen fishing the open water near the dam and waterfowl also take advantage of the flow.  Winter visitors along the 2-mile loop include northern shrike, juncos and American tree sparrows.  Visit www.eBird.org to explore the most recent data.   Bring binoculars and field guides or borrow from our leaders.  Walk is approximately 2 miles and takes from 1.5 - 3+ hours with weather and luck in birding. 

Adults and attentive kids ages 6 and older are welcome.  Meet at the south end of McHenry Dam parking. 

Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov   Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  Co-sponsored, and led by members of, McHenry County Audubon.  Visit them at www.McHenryAudubon.org

 

WinterFest at Volo Bog State Natural Area         Indoor & Outdoor Activities     Open House - all ages welcome

Sunday, January 11    12:00 pm - 4:00 p.m

Live Music, Photo Contest Awards, Kids Winter Crafts, Snow Sculpting Contest, Extra Bog Tours and more!  Come on out to enjoy winter both indoors and out!

Friends of Volo Bog sponsor this event - donations are happily accpeted.

 

Flying WILD - Tools to Share Your Love of Birds

An Educators Workshop at Volo Bog State Natural Area        $25.00 includes Book, Lunch, Snacks & Continuing Education Credits

Choose One:  Saturday, January 17 or Thursday, January 29        9:15 am - 2:45 pm (see attached)

Formal and informal educators alike are invited to attend this workshop to bring an appreciation and understanding of birds to people of all ages, with a special twist for middle school students.  Teachers, librarians, naturalists, home-school educators, etc...  Over 40 activities are included in the curriculum.  Some can be put together by middle-schools students to be shared with their younger peers; others can be presented by middle school teachers to their students; still other activities are ideal for bird festivals conducted by volunteers and/or students for the whole community.  See attached for more details.  Registration is throughhttp://www.illinoisaudubon.org/EDUCATION/Flyingwild/WorkshopRegistration.html 

 

Calling all Grownup "Children of Volo Bog!"

Did you grow up with Volo Bog State Natural Area as a part of your childhood?  If so, please share your story in 250 - 1,000 words.  Please either type directly into an email body, or provide it in Word format, to Natural Resources Coordinator Stacy Iwanicki at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov We'll collect all stories (18 years and older), and share some of them in future issues of The Bog Log.

 

Donations Sought

Simple things from around the house (and some a little more generous) go a long way!

Contact Volo Bog by reply or 815-344-1294 before delivering donations.

Friends of Volo Bog & Friends of Moraine Hills State Park are both 501(c)(3) organizations so donations may be tax deductible - consult a tax advisor!

         Library Card Catalog File - Used/wooden prefered (they don't make them anymore) with 2 to 8 drawers

         Pencils with good erasers

         Sturdy easels to hold dry erase boards

         Quality Turkey Basters (not cheepos from the dollar shop)

         Metal Bells of all types and sizes (go ahead, ask ;0)

         Nature DVDs for our libraries (sorry, we don't need Video Tapes)

         White View Binders - any size; used OK, if in good shape

         Thanks for your generosity!

 

Thank you donors!

         Mark Ginger & Chris Oszak for the closed-cell foam pads - we've got all we need now!

         Skylar Antionoides for the Eagle Scout Project - Study Pond Stairways

 

Shop the Tamarack Shop

Now Accepting Credit Cards!

Friends of Volo Bog's Small "Business" - Local- Not-for-Profit Nature Store!

Many Items Made in America; some by local artisans and craftspeople

 

Volo Bog Ball Caps, Sweat Shirts, Patchs, Mugs & Bumper Stickers

Nature Books & Field Guides, Fold-out ID Cards

Sweat Shirts, T-shirts, Wildlife Puppets

Music & Nature Sounds CDs

 

Friends of Volo Bog members save 10% on most items.

Memberships start at only $10.00!!!  Find a printable membership form at www.FriendsofVoloBog.org

 

Open Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

as volunteers are available, and by luck and chance otherwise ;0)!

 

All proceeds from The Tamarack Shop support programming, habitat restoration and other projects at Volo Bog State Natural Area.

 

 

Let Nature Motivate YOUR Exercise!

23 1/2 Hours...  Here's another good reason to hike our trails (Not that enjoying Nature isn't enough ;0)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo

Hike over five miles of natural grassy paths at Volo Bog State Natural Area then make time to explore the .4 mile boardwalk into the heart of Volo Bog!

Hike or bicycle over 10 miles of trails at Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam including a 2 mile loop at McHenry Dam.

 

Would you be our Friend?

Our Friends provide support of educational programs, habitat restoration and other activities at your favorite nature sites!

Perhaps you'd like to join them?

For membership and other information visit

www.FriendsofVoloBog.org and www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org

Donations to these 501(c)(3) organizations may be tax deductible - consult a tax advisor

 

Visit our sites' Friends Groups & Associates:

www.FriendsofVoloBog.org

www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org

www.ShutterBugsofVoloBog.com

www.McHenryAudubon.org

www.lcas-astronomy.org

www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/vac

www.chicagowilderness.org

www.kidsoutside.info

 

LNCI!

Leave No Child Inside!

 

Volo Bog State Natural Area is an Illinois Department of Natural Resources site located in Ingleside on Brandenburg Road west off U.S. Highway 12 between State Highways 120 and 134. For program reservations, contact 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

 

Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam are Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites located South of McHenry on River Road between State Highways 120 and 176. For reservations for programs at Moraine Hills, please contact Volo Bog at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov for information on the park itself, please phone 815-385-1624.

 

 

Stacy L. Iwanicki

Natural Resources (Education) Coordinator

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Volo Bog State Natural Area

28478 W. Brandenburg Road

Ingleside, IL  60041

815-344-1294 (best times to reach me by phone are

Wed - Fri 2 - 4 p.m. and hit or miss otherwise)

dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/VOLOBOG.HTM

http://dnr.state.il.us/education/interprt/volo/VOLOBOG.HTM

and

Moraine Hills State Park

1510 South River Road

McHenry, IL  60051

(Contact through VBSNA)

 

"We should do our utmost to encourage the beautiful, for the useful encourages itself."

Goethe

 

Life is busy - if you'd like to be removed from our list please let us know ;0)

 

P Go Green! Print this email only when necessary.

Thank you for helping the State of Illinois be environmentally responsible.

LNCI!

Leave No Child Inside!

 Volo Bog State Natural Area is an Illinois Department of Natural Resources site located in Ingleside on Brandenburg Road west off U.S. Highway 12 between State Highways 120 and 134. For program reservations, contact 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

 Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam are Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites located South of McHenry on River Road between State Highways 120 and 176. For reservations for programs at Moraine Hills, please contact Volo Bog at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov For information on the park itself, please phone 815-385-1624.

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