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The WPPC’s Next Walk on the Wild Side is Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 10am!

Our next walk will be at the Lake in the Hills Fen on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 10am.  Lake in the Hills Fen is a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve featuring three diverse habitats:  dry hill prairies, sedge meadows and beautiful rare fens.  You’ll have the opportunity to take a few steps into a fen, and the adventurous can wade in cold spring water a couple of inches deep.  With a plant inventory of over 600 species (nearly 500 native), the fen will be sure to show us some interesting flowers.  Some of the species in the park that typically bloom in late June are Prairie Smoke in seed, Low Calamint, Prairie Cinquefoil, Pale Purple Coneflower, Hill’s Thistle, Toothed Evening Primrose, Narrow-Leaved Loosestrife and Marsh Woundwort.  In addition to the flora, June is a great time to see grassland birds and butterflies such as Henslow’s Sparrows and Baltimore Checkerspots.  The walk will be led by Dave Schwaegler who is a steward at the park.  For directions and links to the fen website and Dave’s YouTube channel, see the event listing.  This is a guided walk that will start at 10am. The walk is free of charge and no pre-registration is required.  Parking is available in the Barbara Key Park (9191 Pyott Rd, LITH) parking lot off of Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills.

Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know

Watch an inspiring presentation that will encourage people new to native gardening or give the already convinced some new ideas. This was a zoom presentation given on March 3rd, 2022 entitled “Top 10 Things New Native Gardeners Need to Know” by Ken Williams. Enjoy!  Click here for video.

If you would like to learn how to plant a native garden in your yard, you can contact Kris Hall at

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Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
Advocating the conservation of open space, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and water in McHenry County and neighboring areas for the benefit of the general public
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