Friends of Volo Bog

 

 

 

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 sitesassociated 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.

 

 

Spring into Spring

Volo Bog State Natural Area, Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam

 

Friday & this weekend:

Coming up:

Also:

1.    Prairie/Native Gardeners at all three sites

2.    Docents at MHSP

3.    Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corps at VBSNA

4.    Habitat Restoration & Stewardship Team at VBSNA (& Some MHSP)

5.    Adopt-a-Road Volunteers with Friends of Volo Bog

6.    Board positions on our Friends groups

1.    Two from www.FriendsofVoloBog.org (deadline March 31) and

2.    Two from www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.com (deadline April 30)

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.

 

Help our Friends Grow - become a member today!

A park needs all the friends it can get!  Support your STATE parks and natural areas with a membership in one or both of our Friends organizations.  Both groups support our educational programs, habitat restoration efforts, and other activities at your favorite sites.  Donations, and a portion of your membership dues to these 501(c)(3) organizations, may be tax deductible - consult your tax advisor.

Learn more at www.FriendsofVoloBog.org & www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org.

 

Guided Tours of Volo Bog  LNCI!

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

The snow is gone revealing vole and shrew tunnels in the sphagnum moss.  Tamaracks wait patiently for longer warmer days.  Pitcher Plants are greening up.  Leatherleaf will be greening up soon with chlorophyll, giving it a jump start on photosynthesis.  Muskrat lodges are visible in the marsh moat.  All ages are welcome to our one-hour public tours for individuals, families and small groups of nine or fewer.  Nor 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 at http:///dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/VOLOBOG.HTM

 

Celebrating Migratory Birds - Photo Exhibits by Marty Hackl

        Volo Bog State Natural Area March 18 - May 31

        Moraine Hills State Park April 1 - June 5

In conjunction with our celebration of International Migratory Bird Days, both VBSNA & MHSP each will exhibit about 75 images of birds that “we share” with countries and peoples to our north and south.  Marty Hackl spends hours, literally, staking out the perfect shot of warblers, thrushes, thrashers, herons, hawks and other birds that migrate, sometimes thousands of miles, up and down the Western Hemisphere.  

 

Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area   LNCI!

Third Fridays    8:30 p.m. - open

March 20; April 17; May 15

The Lake County Astronomical Society (LCAS) will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 pm beginning with an open business meeting, followed by a free public astronomy program at about 8:30 p.m.  Then about 9:30 p.m. there is a public star party in the parking lot (weather permitting).  Guests are encouraged to join in viewing many astronomical objects using member binoculars and telescopes.  The Lake County Astronomical Society is a group of people of all ages who are interested in the science of astronomy.  For more information, visitwww.lcas-astronomy.org or FaceBook page at http://on.fb.me/LCAS-S2013.  Direct questions to LCAS at:  contact@lcas-astronomy.org

 

Friends of Volo Bog Board Meeting

Fourth Thursdays of the month (usually)    7:00 p.m. in the VBSNA Visitor Center library

March 26; April 23; May 28; June is annual members' meeting onSunday, June 28 (always the Sunday after Father’s Day)

All members are welcome to attend board meetings.  Meetings are usually on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. with exceptions in June, November & December.  To become a member, visitwww.FriendsofVoloBog.org and look under “membership” for a printable form.

The Friends of Volo Bog is a 501(c)(3) membership organization incorporated to promote citizen awareness of the local natural heritage of Volo bog State Natural Area, portions of which are dedicated state nature preserves, and to preserve the same through special events, educational and training programs, acquisitions of properties for such purposes and take whatever steps deemed necessary to insure the continued care and preservation of Volo Bog State Natural Area as a natural site.

 

Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Board Meeting - New Time and Venue

Fourth Thursdays of the month (usually)    7:00 p.m. in the VBSNAVisitor Center classroom

March 26; April 23; May 28; July is annual members' meeting picnic (date TBA)  All members are welcome to attend board meetings which are held in the Volo Bog State Natural Area classroom.  To become a member, visit www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org and look under “membership” for a printable form.

The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is a 501(c)(3) membership organization incorporated to promote citizen awareness of the local natural heritage of Moraine Hills State Park, portions of which are dedicated state nature preserves, and to preserve the same through special events, educational and training programs, acquisitions of properties for such purposes and take whatever steps deemed necessary to insure the continued care and preservation of Moraine Hills State Park as a natural site.

 

Bird Walks at McHenry Dam    LNCI!

Saturdays & Sundays    8:00 a.m.     Ask for our refrigerator flyer!

March 28; April 11, 25; May 2, 30 & always more to come!

Bald Eagles still sometimes cruise the river.  Goldeneye, mergansers and other waterfowl hang near the overflow.  Sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds and other familiar feathered friends have returned.  Visitwww.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 ordnr.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.

 

Volunteer Veterans’ Conservation Corps meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon on Saturdays

March 28; April 11; May 9; June 20; July 18; August 1; September 12, 26; October 24; November 7

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

Current Project:  Leopold Benches.   On the to-do list:  Informational Kiosk, Osprey Tower, and 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 ordnr.volobog@illinois.gov

 

Remnants of the Illinois Wilderness with photographer Jim Rowan

Sunday, March 29    1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

A lot has changed since the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier thousands of years ago.  Wilderness that sustained Native peoples for thousands of years has long disappeared with our advancing technologies.  But remnants of that wilderness survive, preserved today as state parks and natural areas, forest preserves, wildlife refuges and a national forest.  This program visits some of these natural areas as Mr. Rowan shares some of the plant and animal life still to be found there.  Geared to adults and interested kids ages 11 and older.  Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 ordnr.volobog@illinois.gov  Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows but program may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.

 

Habitat Work Days at Volo Bog State Natural Area    Every-other Thursday; Once-a-Month Saturdays

Thursdays:  April 2, 16, 30; May 7, 21    9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

New: Saturday Workdays - May 9; others to be scheduled   9:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

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 Pile Burning and then on to Redhead Woods for Garlic Mustard Pulling!

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

Reservations requested at 815-344-1294 ordnr.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 for hours of end time.

 

Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area    LNCI!

Saturdays & Sundays    8:00 a.m.                 Ask for our refrigerator flyer!

April 4, 25; May 16   Always more to come!

Our bird walks traverse prairie restorations, woodlands, old fields, marshes and of course Volo Bog itself.  Sandhill cranes, red-winged blackbirds, bluebirds and other familiar feathered friends are back by early April.  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 atwww.McHenryAudubon.org.

 

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!

o   April Participants choose Summer selections

o   May is American Wetlands Month!

To register, contact us at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294; or just drop in!

 

Signs of Spring at Moraine Hills State Park    LNCI!

Saturday, April 11    1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Meet Naturalist Stacy Iwanicki in the Northern Woods parking area near the playground for a search for Spring!!!  We’ll look, listen, feel and smell for hints of the awakening.  Bring your binoculars or borrow ours.  Whether birds, frogs or flowers, we’ll find them all.  Geared to all ages. Reservations requested at 815-344-1294 ordnr.volobog@illinois.gov.  Walk-ins welcome but session may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.

 

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

First or second Sunday of Each Month, February - December

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.            YAG Has openings for more students - Please inquire!

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 artist 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 atwww.Reprographics.org

Adult artists who’d like to donate their time to share with our guilders should contact Stacy Iwanicki.  To register a youth guilder, also contact Stacy Iwanicki at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

 

Adopt-a-Road Volunteer Days with Friends of Volo Bog

Mondays, April 13, May 11, June 22, August 31, & October 26 - Sign up for one, more, or all!

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Friends of Volo Bog is regrouping and restarting this effort along Brandenburg Road!  With 4 miles of roadside (two sides of a two-mile stretch) we need eight volunteers to do it right.  Adults (and kids 10 years & older with a responsible adult) can join the team.  Each pair of volunteers goes ˝ mile up and then ˝ mile back.  All equipment is provided.

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 Adopt-a-Road Volunteers must register ahead and plan to arrive 30 minutes early for paperwork & safety orientation.  Sessions will be rescheduled if weather is undesirable.

 

Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

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

April 15; May 20

New members are always welcome - visitwww.ShutterBugsofVoloBog.com for membership information (payment accepted at the meeting).

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.

 

International Migratory Bird Days  LNCI 12 Noon - 3:30 p.m.   LNCI!    See Flyer Attached

Get Your Passport stamped as you participate in over 20 games and activities! 

More Stamps = More Prizes including our ever-popular Audubon Plush Bird that sings its song when squeezed!

FREE "Door" prizes at each site include a pair of binoculars, gift certificates to our favorite Mexican restaurants, and photo prints from some of our favorite photographers.

 

We now have 20 sponsors & partners - see the attachment to find out who!

 

A Birders’ Trip to Cuba at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Sunday, April 26, 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Bobbie Asher, member of Chicago Audubon Society, will share her multi-media presentation about Cuba - an island of enchanting scenery, rich culture, and friendly people in one of the most important countries for neotropical migratory birds.  This sit-down presentation is geared to adults and interested kids ages 10 and older and is worth two “stamps” on your International Migratory Bird Day “passport!”  Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov  Group size is limited - Walk-ins welcome if space allows.

 

Looking Ahead/Mark Your Calendar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F5Sly9JQao - Have you seen it yet?  We refreshed the link!

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.

 

Help our Friends Grow - Become a member today!

Support your STATE parks and natural areas through our Friendsorganizations.  Both groups provide invaluable support to our educational programs, habitat restoration efforts, and other activities at your favorite nature sites.  Donations, and a portion of your membership dues to these 501(c)(3) organizations, may be tax deductible - consult your tax advisor.  Learn more at www.FriendsofVoloBog.org & www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org.

 

Visit our other Friends & Associates:

 

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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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

 

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)!

 

Now Accepting Credit Cards!

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

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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

 

 

 

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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