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 is Springing at...

Volo Bog SNA, Moraine Hills SP & McHenry Dam

 

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.

 

This Weekend (scan down to chronological list for details)

·         Bird Walk at McHenry Dam on Saturday

·         Family-Friendly Habitat Workday in VBSNA's Chipmunk Woods on Saturday

·         Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corps at VBSNA Saturday

·         Book Discussion at VBSNA on Saturday

·         Bog Tours @ 11 am & 1 pm Saturday & Sunday

·         Signs of Spring Hike at Moraine Hills SP on Sunday

Coming Up (scan down to chronological list for details)

·         Two $1,000 Scholarships available - visit www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org for application - Deadline April 30

·         International Migratory Bird Days April 26 & 27 - Volunteers wanted & participants too - See Attachment

·         Bird Migration: Challenges and Adaptations - with Dr. Chris Whelan, Illinois Natural History Survey 

Also Check Out...

·         WEG Thomas Photography on display at Volo Bog SNA, now through May 28

·         Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon - on Extinction and Hope for the Future on display at Moraine Hills State Park

·         Moraine Hills Photo Contest - Entry form now available -  See Attachment

·         Bogs In Art - Artists get ready!!! Ask for our entry form.

Monthly Gatherings

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

 

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!

If you haven't been out enough to enjoy this snow, don't wait.  Warmer days are coming - really!  For now, deciduous tamaracks still stand stark against the snow.  Carnivorous pitcher plants may appear from their subnivean hideouts as the snow thaws.  Leatherleaf has retained it leaves through winter but will green up soon with spring, only to fall off as new leaves emerge.  These are just some of the botanical oddities in Volo Bog.   Winter is also a great time to learn animal tracks and look for nests and burrows.  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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WEG Thomas Nature Photography at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Exhibiting Now – May 28  from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Wednesday – Sunday Each Week

Reception Saturday, May 24   *   12:30 – 2:30 pm

 

WEG Thomas has been an artist and writer for 70+ years — ever since he discovered what a finger could do in the dust!  Originally from Wayne, Illinois, WEG is now a resident of McHenry.  He holds a BA from Wesleyan University with honors and distinction in creative writing.  He has been photographing the landscapes of this area for almost 50 years and specializes in the natural world in McHenry County.

 

WEG’s photographic career began as a plant newspaper photographer.  Next came photojournalism, advertising, construction photography, annual reports and events.  Along the way WEG made a foray into retail sales with Brouhaha, junior women’s fashion boutiques in McHenry and DeKalb. Then there was WEG Studio, a McHenry advertising agency, for 25 years. During this time he was also editor and designer of Darkroom Techniques, an international photography magazine.

 

Now WEG busies himself with freelance photography, graphic design and fine art shows and displays.  After years in a darkroom, WEG’s work is now all DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) and computers. His tools are Nikon cameras and lenses, Nikon film scanners (to digitalize those old film negatives), a computer and inkjet printer.  His prints are gicleé, meaning they are made with archival inks and papers, in a process developed by Graham Nash, singer and founder of Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Nash was an avid photographer and when he retired from full time singing, he turned his energies to pioneering archival photo printing utilizing the then emerging technology of inkjets.

 

WEG’s work will be on display at Volo Bog State Natural Area from Wednesday, March 19 – Wednesday, May 28.  His works are available for sale through the Friends of Volo Bog with 50% of proceeds benefitting Volo Bog SNA through this 501(c)(3) membership organization.  Preview his work at http://wegthomasphotos.paradepro.com/

 

An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, May 24 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

 

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Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon: On Extinction and Hope for the Future

A Poster Display on Exhibit at Moraine Hills State Park through June 8  (catch it on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10 am - 3 pm)

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.  The P3 goals are to: a) familiarize people in North America and beyond with the passenger pigeon and its extinction; b) explore how human activity impacts other species c) motivate people to take actions that both promote biodiversity and prevent human-caused extinctions.   The poster is just one aspect of P3.  For more opportunities to learn about this remarkable story, visit http://www.passengerpigeon.org

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Bird Walks at McHenry Dam

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

April 12, 26; May 11, 17, 31; June 7; always more to come...

    The Fox River features a variety of water birds including geese, mallards, mergansers, scaup and other ducks, as well as cormorants, herons, egrets, kingfishers & bald eagles.  A hike around the yellow trail can reveal sora and Virginia rail, sandhill cranes, coots, woodcock, plus a variety of woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, blue jays, cardinals and bluebirds.  Visit www.eBird.org to explore data for April!  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  Walk-ins welcome but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  Co-sponsored by McHenry County Audubon.  Visit their awesome new web site at www.McHenryAudubon.org

 

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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.

 

Chipmunk Woods Family Habitat Work Days                 Adults and kids ages 7 and older

Saturday, April 12   9:30 am - 11:00 am

Team Leaders: Stacy Iwanicki & Jackie Jahnke. 

Chipmunk Woods Workdays are family-friendly restoration fun!  We spend an hour or so pulling weeds or cutting brush 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.

 

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

April 24; May 8, 22; June 5, 19    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Team Leaders: Neil Whitman and John Katzenmayer

Get a healthy work-out, enjoy fresh air and sunshine, and help restore our environment.   These get'er done projects are a great physical work out!  The team will be burning brush piles on March 13.  Burn Gear: Leather boots & gloves, natural fiber outerwear (no nylon or other synthetics as they tend to melt near heat), eye protection.

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 to protect from thorny branches.

Burn Gear: Leather boots & gloves, natural fiber outerwear (no nylon or other synthetics as they tend to melt near heat), eye protection.

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

Saturdays: April 12; May 10; June 7; 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!        

 

More hands needed on deck!  VVCC will be meeting monthly until we pick up the pace again in late summer.  Meet at the Volo Bog SNA garage behind the Visitor Center.   On the to-do list:  Bird House, Chimney Swift Tower, Seed Sorters, Osprey Tower, Leopold Benches.

 

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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Book Discussions at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Second Saturdays     10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       Ask for our cumulative list of over 200 titles

Of Bogs & Books celebrates it's 20th Anniversary!  The 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!

·         April 12 - On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring by William Souder

·                         April's participants choose Summer's Reads (July & August)

·         May 10 & June 14 - Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson  (a long book over two months)

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

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Signs of Spring Hike at Moraine Hills State Park

Sunday, April 13    1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Early wildflowers & migratory birds.  Bugs & buds.  Frogs & worms!  Just what will we discover on this leisurely hike at Moraine Hills State Park?  We've got binoculars & magnifying glasses.  You bring your hiking boots and exploratory spirit and we'll search of spring signs!  Ages 5 - adult are welcome.   Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov.  Walk-ins welcome but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  Meeting Place TBA.

 

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Nature Photography Club Meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area

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

April 16; May 21; June 18; July 16; August 20; September 17

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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Bird Walks at Volo Bog State Natural Area       LNCI!

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

April 19; May 4, 24; June 21

    Bring binoculars and field guides or borrow from our leaders.  Walk is just under three miles and takes from 1.5 to 3+ hours with weather and luck in birding.  Spring is an exciting time for birding!  April has featured more than 100 species including wood ducks, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, ring-necked duck, hooded mergansers, pied-billed grebes, great blue herons, great egrets, sandhill cranes, killdeer, northern flickers, red-headed woodpeckers, tree swallows, kinglets, bluebirds, phoebes & nuthatches and many more.  Visit www.eBird.org to explore data for April!

Adults and attentive kids age 6 and older are welcome.

Registration is requested at 815-344-1294 or dnr.volobog@illinois.gov  Walk-ins welcome but walk may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met 24 hours prior.  Meet in the Parking Lot.

Co-sponsored by McHenry County Audubon.  Visit www.McHenryAudubon.org

 

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Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area             LNCI!

Third Fridays        8:30 p.m. - open

April 25 (one week later); May 16; June 20; July 18; No August Meeting; September 19; October 17; November 21

Lake County Astronomical Society brings out their telescopes on the third Friday of each month.  A business meeting is held at 7:30 p.m. followed by an indoor presentation at 8:30 p.m.  Then, if skies are clear, head to the parking lot for viewing about 9:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited to peer through members' scopes.  The public is always welcome - no registration required.  Visit www.LCAS-Astronomy.org for program details.

 

·         April 25 - Galaxy Clusters with Dr. Melville Ulmer / Northwestern University

·         May 16 - Giant Magellan Telescope / Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument with Dr. Richard Kron / University of Chicago

·         June 20 - The Commercialization of Outer Space with Jim Plaxco Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Ambassador

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

 

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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International Migratory Bird Days            12:00 noon - 3:30 p.m.

·         April 26 at McHenry Dam

·         April 27 at Volo Bog State Natural Area including a guest speaker!

Come learn Why Birds Matter!

·         Play games to get your "passport stamped" and win prizes!

·         Take part in a bird mist-netting demo with USFWS!

·         Go on a 15-minute Bird Walk with McHenry County Audubon.

·         See if you can survive The Great Migration Challenge.

·         Play Bird Bingo or JeopBirdy!

·         Learn how to use binoculars and enjoy views through our spotting scopes.

·         Learn about Neotropical Migrants with Dr. Christopher Whelan of the Illinois Natural History Survey. 

These are just a few of dozens of activites presented by volunteers, local students, birding groups and scientists.  Participants get their passport stamped at each activity and accumulate prizes as more activities are completed.

No reservations needed - just stop by for a while during these open houses.

Sponsors & Partners Wanted!  Represent your birding organization - Phone Stacy at 815-344-1294!

 

Bird Migration: Challenges and Adaptations  - a sit-down presentation & discussion  Good for 5 stamps on your IMBD passport!
with Chris Whelan, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois
Sunday, April 27  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  at Volo Bog State Natural Area     Geared to adults and interested youth ages 11 & up      

Bird migration has fascinated humans at least since Aristotle, the first naturalist known to write about the seasonal appearance and disappearance of birds. Migration causes birds to spend huge amounts of energy and overcome many risks and challenges. This presentation considers the problems encountered by migratory birds and the amazing physiological, behavioral, and ecological adaptations that make migration a successful strategy for so many birds.


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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 new students - Please inquire!

·         May 4, Felted Wool Creations with Kimberly Butts

·         June 8, Painting & Sketching with Robert Stotts

·         July 13, TBA

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

·         then 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 contact Stacy Iwanicki at dnr.volobog@illinois.gov or 815-344-1294.

 

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Meet the Photographer!

 

WEG Thomas Nature Photography at Volo Bog State Natural Area

Exhibiting Now – May 28  from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Wednesday – Sunday Each Week

Reception Saturday, May 24   *   12:30 – 2:30 pm

 

WEG Thomas has been an artist and writer for 70+ years — ever since he discovered what a finger could do in the dust!  Originally from Wayne, Illinois, WEG is now a resident of McHenry.  He holds a BA from Wesleyan University with honors and distinction in creative writing.  He has been photographing the landscapes of this area for almost 50 years and specializes in the natural world in McHenry County.

 

WEG’s photographic career began as a plant newspaper photographer.  Next came photojournalism, advertising, construction photography, annual reports and events.  Along the way WEG made a foray into retail sales with Brouhaha, junior women’s fashion boutiques in McHenry and DeKalb. Then there was WEG Studio, a McHenry advertising agency, for 25 years. During this time he was also editor and designer of Darkroom Techniques, an international photography magazine.

 

Now WEG busies himself with freelance photography, graphic design and fine art shows and displays.  After years in a darkroom, WEG’s work is now all DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) and computers. His tools are Nikon cameras and lenses, Nikon film scanners (to digitalize those old film negatives), a computer and inkjet printer.  His prints are gicleé, meaning they are made with archival inks and papers, in a process developed by Graham Nash, singer and founder of Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Nash was an avid photographer and when he retired from full time singing, he turned his energies to pioneering archival photo printing utilizing the then emerging technology of inkjets.

 

WEG’s work will be on display at Volo Bog State Natural Area from Wednesday, March 19 – Wednesday, May 28.  His works are available for sale through the Friends of Volo Bog with 50% of proceeds benefitting Volo Bog SNA through this 501(c)(3) membership organization.  Preview his work at http://wegthomasphotos.paradepro.com/

 

An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, May 24 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

 

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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!

·         Library Book Truck (cart on wheels, w/ sloped shelves; dimensions not to exceed 26W x 16D x 40ishH) - Used OK - or fund a new one (about $300.00 with S&H)

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

·         Pencils with good erasers

·         Dry Erase Boards (2'x3' White)

·         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

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

 

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Shop the Tamarack Shop

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)!

 

We currently accept Cash and Checks only.  Watch for credit card capability coming this spring.

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

 

Visit our sites' Friends Groups & Associates:

www.FriendsofVoloBog.org

www.FriendsofMoraineHillsStatePark.org

www.ShutterBugsofVoloBog.org

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.

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