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Tick Season is here!

Enjoy the outdoors, but be aware of ticks!

As we deal with lockdowns and closures this summer, many of us have taken advantage of the extra time to visit local parks and conservation areas.  McHenry County is blessed with numerous natural areas thanks to our park districts and organizations such as McHenry County Conservation District and the Land Conservancy.  There’s no doubt that a healthy dose of nature is a fantastic way to get some exercise and lift our spirits.  Although it’s great for our health, being outdoors can increase chances of coming into contact with pests such as ticks.  Luckily, being aware and taking some simple precautions can minimize any risk.  The McHenry County Department of Health has published a Tick Awareness Flyer that provides some information and simple precautions that will help avoid any tick issues this summer. 

 

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Westwood Elementary Garden Walk

School’s Garden Walk showcases

plants donated by the WPPC

On September 14, 2019, Westwood Elementary School in Woodstock held a garden walk to show a newly planted prairie garden.  Designed by the non-profit Small Waters Education, the garden includes 300 plants donated by the WPPC as part of our Outdoor Classrooms program.  The walk highlighted late-season bloomers including various asters and goldenrods. The school uses the garden for science and environmental classes as well as for inspiration on writing assignments.

The garden is located behind the west side of the school located at 14124 W. South Street in Woodstock.

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