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MCC to Offer Spring Classes for Hobbyists and Nature Lovers

[Wednesday, April 4, 2018]

Discover a new hobby this spring with unique nature-related classes, such as finding edible mushrooms, natural soap making, homemade beef jerky and dried fruit making and bird-watching. Classes are offered by McHenry County College and begin in May.

The following classes are accepting registration:

Mushroom Mission: Explore the wonderful world of mushrooms with Andy Andresky and Kurt Thornberry, who will share their knowledge about mushroom varieties, growing areas, and how to find local edible mushrooms. The first class is an indoor lecture, and the second class will feature a mushroom search outdoors. Location and directions to the McHenry County spot for mushroom hunting will be provided at the first class. Class takes place from 7-8:15 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in Room A117 and from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at a location off campus. Cost is $45. Use course code: NCU S94 007 to register.

Natural Soap Making: Discover the many benefits of having natural ingredients and essential oils in the soap you use that can provide natural exfoliation, hydration, and softness to skin. Participants will learn about the differences in soaps, cleansers, and detergents, and make their own natural soap using the hot-process method. The best plants, herbs, and extracts to use to keep skin looking healthy and youthful will also be discussed. Bring an old, long-sleeved shirt, apron or smock, safety glasses, and wear closed-toe shoes. Class takes place from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and 12 at the Starline Factory, 300 W. Front St. in Harvard. Cost is $39. Use course code: NCU S10 001.

Beef Jerky and Dehydrated Fruits/Vegetables: Learn how to make your own unique savory beef jerky and dehydrated fruits and vegetables. The instructor will show participants how to use either a dehydrator or a regular oven to make some tasty natural treats. Participants will also receive information on different combinations of tasty trail food snacks and a goody bag of samples to take home. Class takes place from 6:30-7:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 in Room B179. Cost is $39. Use course code: NCU S69 001.

McHenry County Birding: Look beyond your backyard and discover how to identify the hundreds of bird species that can be found in the area. Jeff Aufmann of the McHenry County Audubon society is an experienced bird guide and an expert in identifying local birds by both sight and sound. The first class is an indoor lecture about avian biology, traits, and behaviors and the best places locally to go birding. The latest Internet and smartphone technologies available to help find and track species will be discussed. The second class will feature about a two-hour long bird walk. Class takes place from 6:30-8:20 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in Room A103 and from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, May 19 at a location to be discussed in the first class. Cost is $39. Use course code: NAN S20 002 to register.

To register, call the MCC Registration Office at (815) 455-8588 or register online at  For more information, call Christine Barnes at (815) 455-8717 or Tracy Berry at (815) 455-8758.


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