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 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.

 

 Summer Programs

at Volo Bog SNA, Moraine Hills SP & McHenry Dam!

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International bog day is sunday, july 27!

Acoustic Blues in the Bog with King Robinson & The Nightcrawlers!

(so we're not really having the band IN the bog - we'll be in the Visitor Center)

http://tinyurl.com/InternationalBogDay-VoloBogSNA

http://tinyurl.com/FriendsofVoloBogonFacebook

Listen for us on Star 105.5 & WBEZ!

 

This Weekend

         Bird Walk at McHenry Dam on Saturday

         Book Discussion at Volo Bog on Saturday

         Volo Bog Youth Art Guild on Sunday

         Bogs in Art - Bid on your favorite - 25% of sale price goes to Friends of Volo Bog!

         MHSP Photo Contest - Vote for your favorites - Stop in most Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays to cast YOUR vote!  (Sorry, closed this Saturday, July 12)

         Bog Tours @ 11 am & 1 pm Saturday & Sunday

Coming Up

         "Shooting the Bog" with ShutterBugs of Volo Bog Wednesday evening, July 16

         Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corps - Raising the Roof on the Chimney Swift Tower! July 19

         Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Annual Picnic July 19 (hot dogs & brats on the grill, plus really awesome yard games) Visit www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org for membership info.

         International Bog Day is Sunday, July 27  Art show, reception & auction followed by live Blues!  Wanted:  Poets & Bog Dogs (Norwegian Elkhounds)   See attached.

         Discover Archery!  at Moraine Hills State Park end of September

Also Check Out...

         A Quirky Donation Request:  Bog Books... We're looking to add books with "Bog(s)" in the title to our library collection - books of all kinds, for all ages.  Check Amazon for donation ideas.  See below for more donation requests.

Monthly Gatherings

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

 

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.

Scan down for program details 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. 

 

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Guided Tours of Volo Bog

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

Indian pipes are blooming!  These tiny little white plant lack chlorophyll.  Find them between posts 7 & 9 along the boardwalk.  These and many other wetland plants are highlighted on 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 at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/VOLOBOG.HTM

 

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Bird Walks at McHenry Dam

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.     Refrigerator Flyer Attached!   LNCI!

July 12, 26; August 2, 23; Always more to come!

    The Fox River features a variety of water birds including cormorants, herons, egrets, kingfishers, and occasionally bald eagles.  A hike around the yellow trail can reveal pine and prothonotary warblers, Baltimore orioles, sora & Virginia rail, sandhill cranes, osprey, and woodcock, plus a variety of woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, blue jays, cardinals and bluebirds.  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

 

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Book Discussions at Volo Bog State Natural Area - 20+ years of Engaging Conversations!

Second Saturdays     10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       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!

         July 12 - Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived by Chip Walter

         August 9 - The Journey at Malloryville Bog: Commitment, Teamwork and Tenacity in Defense of Land and Nature by Robert M. Beck

         September 13 - A Feathered River Across the Sky - The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg

To register, contact us as dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

 

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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. - 4:00 p.m.

YAG Has Openings for just 3 more students - Please inquire!

         July 13, Creative Apparel Embroidery - Design your own Embroidered Hat! with Paul Howerton

         August 3 - Manga: Japanese-style Comics with Susan Sieber

         continuing on the first Sunday of each month through December

VBSNA's Youth Art Guild is open to students ages 11 - 17 who wish to explore nature through art.  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.

 

The guild is non-competitive, individualistic, interactive & supportive.  Group size is small - limited to 20 registrants.  Each session welcomes a different mentoring artist and includes outdoor sketching & journaling as well as indoor work.  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.

 

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Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

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

July 16; August 20; September 17

    This month, we are "Shooting the Bog!"  Meet just outside the Visitor Center to spend the evening capturing the beauty in the changing light along the Volo Bog Boardwalk.  From the Marsh (not a bog) through the tall shrub zone (prelude to a bog) into the tamaracks and on to very heart of this unique Illinois wetland, members will share discoveries and photo tips for each unique situation.

    New members are 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.  Learn how to improve your Nature Photography 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.

 

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Habitat Work Days at Volo Bog State Natural Area

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!  Currently, two sessions are in progress; one on Thursdays, the other Sundays - see below.

 

To join the team, contact Natural Resources Coordinator Stacy Iwanicki at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

 

Thursday's Garlon Gang!    Volo Bog State Natural Area        Adults (and kids ages 10 and older)

July 17, 31; August 14, 28; September 11, 25

Team Leaders: Neil Whitman and John Katzenmayer

Garlic Mustard is back!  We've go the bags, if you've go the time.   We're on a challenge to see how much we can gather by June 5.  Register by emailing dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

 

Chipmunk Woods Family Friendly Habitat Work Days          LNCI!       Adults and kids ages 6 and older

Inquire about dates

Team Leader: Stacy Iwanicki

Chipmunk Woods Workdays are family-friendly restoration fun!  It's Garlic Mustard season so we'll spend 45 minutes or so pulling weeds in this Leave No Child Inside outdoor classroom.  We then stay a while longer to explore and play.

Register at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

 

Come Prepared:

Please dress for the weather 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.  Bitter cold also cancels sessions.

 

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Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area             LNCI!

Third Fridays        8:30 p.m. - open

July 18; No August Meeting; September 19; October 17; November 21

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).

         July 18 - Variable Stars with Dr. Roger Kolman American Association of Variable Star Observers

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

         Up Next with LCAS:  Visit website below

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 

 

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

Saturdays:  July 19; August 2, 16; September 13, 27; October 25; November 8; December 6

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

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

         Current Project:  Chimney Swift Tower Kiosk Roof

         On the to-do list:  Leopold Benches, Seed Sorters, Osprey Tower, More Bird Houses, 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 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

 

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Friends of Moraine Hills State Park Annual Members' Picnic:

         Saturday, July 19   12 Noon - 3:00 pm  www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org

Members only - Visit the websites for membership information.

 

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Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.     Refrigerator Flyer Attached!   LNCI!

July 20; August 17, 30; Always more to come!

    Our birdwalks go through prairie restorations, woodlands, old fields, marshes and of course Volo Bog itself.   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

 

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International Bog Day

Sunday, July 27  12 Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate the beauty and mystery of bogs.  We've got a lot in the works!

         Art Show Bogs in Art & Silent Auction Fundraiser

         Live Music (Acoustic Blues in the Bog with King Robinson & The Night Crawlers) - OK, so we're not really in the bog.  Find us in the Visitor Center

         Stories

         Poetry

         Bog Body - A Four-Person Play - actors wanted

         Crafts

         Bog Dogs

         Bog Frog Cookies

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Cancelled - Sorry ;0(  Extensive tree/wind damage around the barn that cannot be cleared until the bats leave this fall.

Bats in Your Belfry?  Visit Volo Bog SNA's Bat Colony

Saturday, August 2   6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  (note early start time)

Volo Bog State Natural Area is home to the largest known nursery colony of little brown bats in Illinois.  This year we'll be joined by IDNR Wildlife Biologist Stefani Fitzsimmons.  The program begins indoors with a video and discussion, including the latest known info on White Nose Syndrom and other challenges facing bats.  We then caravan to the bat barn to sit on lawn chairs and watch the bats emerge.  How many will we find this year?  The colony has fluctuated in size from just under 1,000 to nearly 2000 individuals.  Join us to find out!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED - Sorry, NO WALK-INS.  Call 815-344-1294 or email dnr.volobog@illinois.gov and tell us how many adults and kids (including ages - minimum age 5 please).  Further instructions will be sent to those registered.

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Discover Archery at Moraine Hills State Park

 

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Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon: On Extinction and Hope for the Future at Volo Bog State Natural Area

A Poster Display on Exhibit August 8 through September 14 then back to Moraine Hills State Park

2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon once the most abundant bird species in North America, if not the world.  A group of scientists, educators, conservationists, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and others, are working together to use the centenary of the passenger pigeon's extinction to engage people in this bird's remarkable story.  Their Project Passenger Pigeon, or P3 for short, not only tells the story but of an extinct species, but looks forward with hope for the future, promoting habitat preservation and species conservation.  To learn about this remarkable story, visit http://www.passengerpigeon.org

Love to Read? Plan to Join Of Bogs & Books on September 13 for a discussion of "A Feathered River Across the Sky - The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction" by local author Joel Greenberg.  Joel & his latest book are quickly becoming a sensation - even Jeopardy featured the book in the $800 category "That used to be a thing"

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Discover Archery! at Moraine Hills State Park!  Two Days!

Saturday, September 27   See times below and register for a timeslot.

Sunday, September 28

Ages 10 - 95 years welcome!

Try your hand at the "newly discovered" ancient art of archery!  Women and girls especially are encouraged to give it a hand!  We'll have certified instructor Andy Ferraro and volunteers with Friends of Moraine Hills to share safety instruction and techniqes & tips.

Register for a time slot (limit 6 persons per session) by phone 815-344-1294 or email dnr.volobog@illinois.gov  Each session lasts 50 minutes.

Tell us your first, second and third choice of time slot, name of each person and ages of kids (minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian).

You will be sent a confirm registration via email. 

Fee: $18.00 per person payable in advance to Friends of Moraine Hills State Park.  After receiving confirmation by email please send appropriate portion with check to FOMHSP 1510 South River Road, McHenry, IL  60051.  If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours of contacting us, but no later than 12:00 p.m. September 24, please contact us again.  Sorry, non-refundable.

 

Saturday, September 27

10:00 am

11:00 am

12:30 pm

 1:30 pm

 2:30 pm

Sunday, September 28

11:00 am

12:30 pm

 1:30 pm

 2:30 pm

 3:30 pm

 

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.

 

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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!

         Any book about bogs - both for children and adults, non-fiction and fiction alike.  Check Amazon.com for over one hundred titles!

         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

         Closed-cell foam camp pads - we cut them up to make sit-upons and only need two more!

         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!

         Lake County Astronomical Society donated a brand new Library Book Cart

         Mark Ginger donated three really nice Dry Erase Boards

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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

 

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

 

 

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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