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.

 

Explore YOUR Winter Wonderlands at Volo Bog SNA, Moraine Hills SP & McHenry Dam

Scan down for the details ;0)

 

This Weekend:

Coming Up:

Also:

Bald Eagles have been frequenting McHenry Dam!

Volo Bog SNA Photo Contest Winners displayed now through February 28

A new donation request is below ;0)

Watch Birds! Watch the bird feeders from the warth of our Volo Bog SNA Visitor Center and at Moraine Hills SP, from the warmth of your car at Kettle Woods, Pine Hills, Northern Woods and the Nature Center parking lots.  Bird seed is provided by our Friends groups.  Donate or join them - more information at www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org &www.FriendsofVoloBog.org

Monthly Gatherings

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

 

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!

Volo Bog is GORGEOUS under the blanket of snow!!!  Tamaracks sometimes host long-eared owls and white-winged and red crossbills.  Leatherleaf keeps its leaves but loses its chlorophyll -  leaving it leathery brown for winter and easy to see.  Tracks of critters following the boardwalk include rabbit, raccoon and coyote.  Muskrat lodges are visible in the marsh moat.  A blanket of snow has turned the whole scene into a winter wonderland!

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

 

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

We want to do another one - help us pick a date in March or Summer

Flying WILD - Tools for Middle School Teachers (& others) about Birds, Science & Culture

at Volo Bog State Natural Area        

$25.00 includes Book, Lunch & Snacks - and Professional Development Hours for those who need them.

       9:15 am - 2:45 pm         When is good for YOU?  Email some suggested dates, or simply month or day of week that tend to work.

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. 

 

Looking Ahead/Mark Your Calendar:

o   Saturday, April 25 at McHenry Dam

o   Sunday, April 26 at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Share Your Volo Bog or Moraine Hills Story!

Did you grow up with Volo Bog State Natural Area or Moraine Hills State Park 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 our newsletters.

 

Donations Sought

Simple things from around the house (and some a little more generous) go a long way!  Donations may be tax deductible whether to the state or through one of our two Friends groups - both are 501(c)(3) organizations.  Contact Volo Bog by reply or815-344-1294 before delivering donations.

Thanks for your generosity!

 

Thank you donors!

Howard Davenport for the Library Card Catalog File!  Look for it in our library

Flying WILD - Tools for Middle School Teachers (& others) about Birds, Science & Culture

at Volo Bog State Natural Area        

      $25.00 includes Book, Lunch & Snacks - and Professional Development Hours for those who need them.

Thursday, January 29        9:15 am - 2:45 pm (see attached)          Ask about our spring date.

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. 

To register, please email us your name, cell phone number, grade taught and school to dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or phone us with the info at 815-344-1294 by 8:30 am Wednesday, January 28.

 

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

Saturdays:  January 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!          (see attached for printable, two-sided triple flyer to cut up and share)

Current Project:  Bird Houses - final painting; in February, we'll be heading to Moraine Hills State Park to install 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 815-344-1294or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov

 

Habitat Work Days at Volo Bog State Natural Area         Every-other Thursday; note, first day in 2015 is January 8

February 5, 19; March 5, 19; April 2, 16, 30; May 7, 21

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

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 four hours of end time.

 

Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.     LNCI!      See the attached refrigerator flyer - cut them apart and pass two on to your friends!

February 8, 21; March 1, 14; April 4, 26; May 16;    Always more to come!

Our bird walks traverse prairie restorations, woodlands, old fields, marshes and of course Volo Bog itself.   Long-eared owls occasionally winter in the tamaracks.  Northern shrike, juncos and American tree sparrows are among the winter visitors.  And our bird feeders are full!  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 (usually) 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 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 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.

 

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!

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

March 14 - Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Dianne D. Glave

April 11 - How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Bernes

                        April Participants choose Summer selections

May 9 - Geese of Beaver Bog by Bernd Heinrich

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

 

Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

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

February 18; March 18; April 15; May 20

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.

 

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

Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area             LNCI!

Third Fridays        8:30 p.m. - open

February 20; March 20; April 17; May 15

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

 

Friends of Volo Bog Board Meeting

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

February 26; March 26; April 23; May 28; June is annual member's meeting on Sunday, 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 on June, November & December.  To become a member, visit www.FriendsofVoloBog.org and look under "membership" for a printable form.

The Friends of Volo Bog is a 501(c)(3) membership organization incorportated 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

Fourth Friday of the month (*subject to change)  1:15 pm in the MHSP Nature Center Conference Room

All members are welcome to attend board meetings which are held in the Moraine Hills Nature Center conference room.  To become a member, visitwww.FriendsofVoloBog.org and look under "membership" for a printable form.

The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is a 501(c)(3) membership organization incorportated 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.

February 27; *March 27; *April 24; *May 29; *June 26; July is annual members meeting picnic (date TBA)

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. 

To register, please email us your name, cell phone number, grade taught and school to dnr.volobog@illinois.go 

Bird Walks at McHenry Dam 

Saturdays & Sundays     8:00 a.m.       LNCI!    See the attached refrigerator flyer - cut them apart and pass two on to your friends!

February 28, March 7, 28; April 11, 25; May 2, 30 & always more to come! 

Bald Eagles are visiting the open water at McHenry Dam as the rest of the Fox River is frozen.  Goldeneye, mergansers and other waterfowl also take advantage of the open 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

 

We want to do another one - help us pick a date in March (call or email your preference - March 12 or 14)

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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