McHenry County Conservation District hosts programs to explore nature after dark

Explore McHenry County conservation areas on foot, with a furry friend and on a bike this summer

Chances to explore natural areas in Cary and Marengo after dark will be offered by the McHenry County Conservation District this summer.

The programs are open to any age and interest level, according to a news release. Registration is required and can be completed online at

During “A Night with Nature,” participants will explore The Hollows Conservation Area, 3804 Route 14 in Cary, and learn about nocturnal wildlife. The program starts at 8:30 p.m. June 18 and attendees are advised to dress appropriately for the weather.

Leashed dogs are welcome but not required at “Howl at the Moon,” which will start at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at Marengo Ridge Conservation Area, 2411 North Route 23 in Marengo. The self-guided hike will take participants along a 1.25-mile trek.

A bike ride along a moderately hilly paved loop Fel-Pro Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Road in Cary, will be the focus of the “Luminary Bike Ride” program, which will start at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. The loop is a less than a mile long, and attendees should bring a helmet and water bottle with them.