Walks on the Wild Side

2014 Natural Yard Tours

Every year the WPPC offers garden walks of various Native Gardens in the greater
McHenry County area. View the list below or download the flyer.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Two locations!

— 10:00 a.m.
Phyllis & Roger Theodos 6306 Hidden Oak Drive, Crystal Lake

Phyllis and Roger have been enjoying their 1/4 acre prairie and all the wildlife it attracts for the last 17 years. They burn it each year to control invasive species. We will see grasses in seed, goldenrods and asters in bloom. The late summer and early fall flowers are important fuel sources for migrating and over wintering pollinators.

Directions: The house is located on the corner of Hidden Oaks Dr. and Walkup Rd. between Pleasant Hill Rd. and Edgewood Rd.

—11:00 a.m.
Sterne’s Woods & Fen, East Hillside Road, Crystal Lake

After touring the Theodos’ yard we will head to nearby Sterne’s Woods & Fen. No need to travel to Door County when we can walk the trails of this 180 acre Illinois Nature Preserve managed by the Crystal Lake Park District. We will see lots of interesting plants in the varied terrain. You are invited to enjoy lunch with us in the picnic shelter. John Fiorina, Natural Resource Manager for the C.L. Park District, will prepare the meal using an outdoor Dutch oven!

Directions: From Hidden Oaks Dr. turn left (south) on Walkup Rd. Follow Walkup to Hillside Rd. and turn left. Sterne’s entrance is on the right.