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 into Fall

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

 

This Weekend

         Hooray for Hoppers at Volo Bog State Natural Area August 30

         Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon: On Extinction and Hope for the Future at Volo Bog State Natural Area through September 14 (then at Moraine Hills through mid-November)

         MHSP Photo Contest - Vote for your favorites - Stop in most Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays to cast YOUR vote!  Last day to vote is Friday, September 5.

         Bog Tours  Saturday & Sunday @ 11 am & 1 pm

 

Coming Up

         Ghost Stories Registration begins Wednesday, September 3

         Wetland Botany

         Book discussion welcomes local author

         Discover Archery!

         Run for the Hills

         Ghost Stories Plus at Volo Bog SNA October 11 (mark your calendar to call on September 3 when registration opens - do not call yet)

o   Volunteers wanted for Volo Bog SNA's Ghost Stories Haunted Trail - reply or call now.  Ages 11 & up.

 

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.

Scan 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!

Jewelweed welcomes us to the boardwalk, entertaining curious nature lovers with its exploding seeds.  Bidens are in bloom, adding their splashes of yellow to the late summer marsh.  Sumacs are showing signs of autumn colors and willow-herbs are blooming.  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

 

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

On September 1, 1914 the world experienced 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, have worked together to use the centenary of the passenger pigeon's extinction to engage people in this bird's remarkable story.  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? Join our book discussion - 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 (who will be dropping in for our talk).  Joel & his latest book are quickly becoming a sensation.  Mr. Greenberg has traveled the east coast, Texas and many parts in-between and been featured on numerous radio programs including NPR! Even the game show Jeopardy featured the book in the $800 category "That used to be a thing."  Visit www.joelrgreenberg.org to learn more.

 

Hooray for Hoppers!  An Insect Safari at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturday, August 30    12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Discover a field full of grasshoppers - and other insects, and spiders too!  We've got the nets, bug jars and magnifying glasses - you bring your curiosity and be amazed.

Meet at the Picnic Shelter

Ages 5 - adult are welcome

Registration is requested by reply or 815-344-1294.  Walk-ins welcome but program may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours before.

 

Late Summer Wetland Botany at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Thursday, September 4        9:30 am - 3:00 pm

From jewelweed and rice cutgrass near the marsh's edge to tamaracks, ferns and carnivorous plants in the heart of Volo Bog, we'll discover plants that make this ecosystem such a fascinating place!  Program begins indoors then heads out to the boardwalk after lunch.  Bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather.

Geared to adults and interested kids ages 13 & up.

Reservations are required - tell us how many (and ages of kids) at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

 

Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.     LNCI!

September 6, 20; October 4, 19; November TBA

Our bird walks 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.

 

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!

         September 7 - Tiny Acrylic Bog Bird Painting with Robin Pollack

         October 5 - Air Brush Painting with Tim Etters

         November 2 - Manga: Japanese-style Comics with Susan Sieber susansieber.wix.com/arts

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

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.

 

Habitat Work Days at Volo Bog State Natural Area - see dates below

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)

September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 6, 20; December 4

Team Leaders: Neil Whitman and John Katzenmayer

We're off to the North Bench Overlooks again!  Buckthorn & honeysuckle have got to go!  Bring your gloves & wear long pants and sleeves.  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

Join us for family-friendly restoration fun!  We gather to tend this Leave No Child Inside outdoor classroom, 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.

 

Bird Walks at McHenry Dam

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.       LNCI!

September 13, 27; October 11, 25; November 8

With habitats including the Fox River, marshes, prairies and woods, a great variety of birds can be found on this two-mile hike.  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

 

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

Saturdays:  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:  Seed Sorters

On the to-do list:  Leopold Benches, 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 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

 

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!

         September 13 - A Feathered River Across the Sky - The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg with a visit from the Author!  Registration required for this special day.

         October 11 - A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk through Gorongosa National Park by Edward O. Wilson

         November 8 - Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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

 

Moraine Hills Photo Contest Awards Presentation & Open House

Saturday, September 13          1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Come see who won!  Awards will be presented in seven categories.  Cake and refreshments are served too.  No reservations required just stop on by!  Sponsored by Friends of Moraine Hills State Park.

 

Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

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

September 17; October 15; November 19; December 17

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.  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.

 

Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area             LNCI!

Third Fridays        8:30 p.m. - open

September 19; October 17; November 21  (August is a Members-only meeting - you can become a member -see web address below)

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

 

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

Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28

See times below and register for a timeslot.

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 (guys are welcome too)!  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 at 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 (minimum age 10; minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian).

You will be sent a printable confirmation 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 Pick one session

         10:00 am

         11:00 am

         12:30 pm

         1:30 pm

         2:30 pm

Sunday, September 28 Pick one session

         11:00 am

         12:30 pm

         1:30 pm

         2:30 pm

         3:30 pm

 

Run for the Hills 10K and Half-Marathon at Moraine Hills State Park

Saturday, October 4

Runners - enjoy the rolling beauty of a Moraine Hills Autumn!  This run helps raise funds for programs and projects at Moraine Hills State Park through our Friends of Moraine Hills State Park.  To register, visit our Friends at www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org

 

Ghost Stories Plus at Volo Bog State Natural Area welcomes storyteller Mike Speller!

Saturday, October 11   5:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Registration opens at 9 am on Wednesday, September 3.

Starting with our haunted trail and guided bog tours, the highlight of the evening is our 7 pm scary stories just over the hill from Volo Bog itself.

Open to adults and kids ages 5 and older

Suggested Donation $5.00/adult; $2.00/child

Mark your calendar to call us on September 3 (please do not call before - unless you have questions or wish to volunteer)

 

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!

         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!

 

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)!

 

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.

 

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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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