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MCC to Offer Green Trip to Visit Oak Woodlands

[Friday, May 09, 2014]

Be among the only humans ever to explore several of McHenry County's ancient oak woodlands that are not open to the public with a trip offered by McHenry County College’s Trips and Tours program from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Participants will visit some of the area's oldest living residents, including a 400 year-old white oak that native Potawatomi Indians likely sat beneath. One highlight is to view gorgeous spring wildflowers in their natural setting and an opportunity to speak with private landowners about the oak woodlands that they own and cherish.

The tour will also include a visit to one of the largest remaining oak woodlands in the county – site of the brand new Community Research Forest, a public-private partnership that will become a center of study, training and educational opportunities about oak woodland ecology, health and care. The trip will take place in rain or shine. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for hiking on unpaved trails over gently rolling terrain.

Cost is $79 and includes lunch. Use trip ID: NST S23 005 when registering.

For more information, contact Claudia Terrones at (815) 455-8782.

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