Upcoming Training & Classes
TLC strives to give landowners the skills they need to enact restoration on their own land. We offer workshops, training, and resources throughout the year on a variety of subjects.
Learn to Burn Workshop
In spring TLC offers a landowner prescribed burn training to teach landowners about the value of prescribed burns, as well as how to safely and effectively conduct one on your own land. The one day training will include classroom instruction and hands on training for a real prescribed burn at a nearby natural area (weather permitting).
Prescribed burns are an important tool for maintaining natural areas and preserving high quality habitat for plants and animals. Periodic fire has been an important part of the historical landscape, and is one of the best ways to control weeds and unwanted brush, as well as to promote a healthy diversity of plants.
Check back in late winter/early spring for updated details.
Beginner's Chainsaw Training
Have you ever wanted to learn about chainsawing, but just don’t know where to get started?
Join us each fall as we guide you through the basics and give you hands-on experience.
TLC’s Ecologist, Melissa Grycan, will introduce the participants to personal protective equipment, basic chainsaw maintenance, and the development of technique to safely fell a tree and cut it up. This course is tailored toward beginners who have never used a chainsaw. This workshop will be held both indoors and outdoors, so dress accordingly.
This course is currently open, please see above to register.
Winter Tree Identification
Join Melissa Grycan, TLC’s restoration ecologist, to learn how trees can be identified based on only the twigs and bark. The first hour of the class will be inside looking at different twig samples, and the next three hours will be walking the hiking trails and using your new skills. Remember to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for an outdoor winter hike. Please check back in early winter for updated details.
If you are a business or organization that values the natural beauty and rural character of McHenry County and wants to make sure it remains that way, consider becoming a member of TLC.
TLC is a nonprofit organization that does not receive taxes, but gets its support from individuals, businesses and organizations such as yourself. Every dollar raised stays in McHenry County, allowing TLC to preserve more land that would otherwise be at risk of development or continued neglect.
Your support makes this work possible!
The annual fee at the business member level is $250. At this level of giving you receive the following:
- The name of your business and a link to your website on TLC's webpage;
- Five (5) discounted tickets for events, such as Art of the Land in September, and the Annual Brunch in January;
- Invitations to member-only events that include tours of privately-owned natural areas in the county;
- Reduced tuition for five (5) employees to attend training workshops;
- Priority registration for hikes at local natural areas;
- Subscription to the Field Notes (6x a year);
- Recognition in TLC's Annual Report.
To become a business member, you may write a check for $250, write "business member" in the memo line, and mail it to TLC at P.O. Box 352, Woodstock, IL 60098, or click on the button below.
|Business Member - $250|
There are many ways to help TLC in addition to becoming a member:
- Purchase a Rain Barrel or Tumbling Composter From TLC
- Plant Oaks
- Protect Your Land
- Steward Your Land
- Attend a TLC Event
- Invite TLC to Speak at Your Group's Event
Know that your contribution is providing a healthier, more beautiful and economically stronger community for all residents - today and forever. Thank you!
Remember, your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.