Events

The McHenry County Conservation Foundation hosts or co-sponsors events with McHenry County Conservation District to provide support and increase awareness while creating community good will and civic mindedness. Our support aids the mission of McHenry County Conservation District which offers outdoor recreational amenities, environmental education programs  and special events that provide our residents the opportunity to spend time together, have fun enjoying the outdoors, and build community. Proceeds raised by the Foundation’s events go toward  conservation projects that enhance visitors' experiences,  attract new visitors, or assist in the preservation of wildlife habitat. 

Sponsors and in-kind donations are sought for numerous events throughout the year. Financial support from local businesses ensures an event's success, provides great outdoor experiences for our residents, and strengthens the overall awareness of the Foundation's mission.  And, the benefits of event sponsorship are reciprocal. Depending upon the level of support, a benefit package is provided including recognition on marketing materials, t-shirts and social media platforms. 

Current Events include:
gobt logos_kishwaukee - CopyKishwaukee Brewing  Fun-raising Kick-off
Saturday, September 30 • 5 - 7 p.m.
Join us at Kishwaukee Brewing in Woodstock for a night of camaraderie, raffles and a Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament!   The evening kicks off the October Special:  $1 from every pour of their Sandhill Lager will be donated to the McHenry County Conservation Foundation! Stop by and celebrate sandhill cranes, local business collaboration and conservation efforts throughout the county.  See you there!


20220423_105936_1 - Copy (2)Adopt-A-Trail!  All Ages Welcome
Saturdays 9 – 11 a.m.          August 19 • September 16 • October 21 • November 18
Meet a Mitchard Way Parking Lot, Algonquin -  info@mchenryconservation.org to sign-up.
Once a month, Conservation Foundation staff and volunteers meet for a morning stroll and pick up any debris along a one-mile stretch of the trail. Get some fresh air, help beautify the Prairie Trail and meet some new people in the process! Bring gloves and hand sanitizer. Long trash pickers provide.

_DSC2040 - CopyBig Woods Planting Party Saturday, October 14
1:00–3:00 p.m. FREE  •  Marengo Ridge • 2411 N IL Route 23, Marengo
Join us for our annual OAKtober Planting Party and have a TREEmendous time! Assist District staff and volunteers to reforest the heart of Marengo Ridge, as part of the District's long-term efforts to restore the "Big Woods" that once covered a third of our county. Plan to hike a short distance  off trail to the planting site, where you will learn why this work is important and how to plant tree seedlings. This is a great opportunity to have some fun with the family and for Scouts/students to log service hours. Learn more about donating trees >>