Outdoor Recreation

The McHenry County Conservation Foundation strives to connect people to the wilderness in their communities by funding events and special projects, which include the Foundation’s annual Pedal, Paddle, Saddle through the Prairie fundraising event at Glacial Park in Richmond, IL. Other recreational projects made possible through donor support include:

The Great Outdoor Beer Festival
Each year, the McHenry County Conservation Foundation supports this District-hosted event at Fel-Pro Conservation Area in Cary, IL. 

Lost Valley Visitor Center - Passport to Lost Valley Adventure
The Conservation Foundation funded the professional development and design of an interactive exhibit for the Conservation District’s premier education facility at Lost Valley. The exhibits were designed to encourage exploration of the outdoors and to help visitors better understand what they will encounter in the diversity of habitats surrounding the center. The District was able to use the plan we helped develop and matching dollars to successfully apply for a grant in the amount of $400,000 from the Illinois Public Museum to fabricate and install the new exhibits. Because the Lost Valley Visitor Center is located within the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the District is now better positioned to serve visitors drawn to the Refuge.  

The Nature Conservancy's Fall Festival

Held at Fel-Pro Conservation Area near Cary, the McHenry County Conservation Foundation sponsored the event and was on site to help raise awareness of the significant natural resources located on the diverse site. Through long-term negotiations and cooperative partnership with several group, the area was eventually transferred to the Conservation District under the auspices of their natural areas management expertise.