Take care of your oak woods and become an Oak Keeper!
Use those seeds!
Tired of maintaining large sections of lawn grass and want to attract birds and butterflies?
This class will be held completely outdoors and will be limited to 8 people.
In the 1970s, Alice McCluggage and her family moved from the city to a homestead in Harvard, IL.
Learn simple techniques
Join TLC as we celebrate Day of the Dead!
Grab your compass (or phone) and head out to Wolf Oak Woods!
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC) has preserved an 83.5-acre parcel, Crowley Oaks Preserve, in Harvard.
For a quarter-century, Henry and Hiroko Brockman have run Henry's Farm, an idyllic family farm in Congerville, Illinois.
A listing of local sources for farm-fresh food.
One family’s story of preserving 40 acres of oaks in McHenry County.
This is the story of Alix Blair and her memories of growing up on her family’s land.
There are many ways to help oaks, whether at your own home or throughout McHenry County! Here are some ideas:
- Volunteer at a TLC restoration workday or Oak Rescue. Workdays are held on some weekdays and almost every weekend. Check the TLC calendar or follow us on Facebook so you know when the next workday is. No fancy clothes are tools are needed, just wear sturdy boots/shoes and clothing that can get burn holes. Snacks and tools are provided!
- Seed collecting. If you have native plants in your landscaping, collecting seed from them can be a fun and rewarding event! Spread them around on your property, or if you have limited space, you can donate them to TLC to use in our restoration projects! Learn more about seed collecting here!
- Acorn Roundup. Collecting acorns is a great way to get your kids, friends, neighbors or students outside and involved in a worthwhile project! Learn more here.
- Help plant oaks at our spring and fall Celebration & Memorial Oak plantings. Volunteers are always welcome! To get started, fill out our volunteer form here!
TLC interns collected seed in the summer of 2019.
Learn more about oak trees
- Learn to support and incorporate oaks in your landscape. Programs include:
- How to Convert Lawn to a Wildflower Meadow with Seed
- Tree and Shrub Identification Part 1- Trees Part 2 - Shrubs
- Collect and Share Native Seed so others can enjoy the benefits of native plants. Open to TLC members, Seed Sharing Day takes place on a weekend in the fall. The 2020 date will be announced soon!
- Learn the tools to inspire others to become advocates for our local natural communities. Attend TLC's free Nature Talk workshop in early February 2021.
- Learn to conduct a prescribed burn. 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. TLC's prescribed burn class is held in late March.
- Tree & Shrub Identification - TLC offers these classes in the winter and spring/summer. Learn more about the trees in our area and how to identify them.
- Beginners Chainsaw Training - Learn about personal protective equipment, basic chainsaw maintenance, and the development of technique to safely fell a tree and cut it up. The chainsaw training class is offered each fall.
- Learn to Burn - Held in late March in Woodstock
- Vernal Pool Hike - Held in late April near Harvard
- Spring Wildflower Walk - Check out the video from May 2020 and learn more about our native wildflowers.
Whether planted in your yard or at a public park, planting oaks is one of the best things you can do for the local environment.
- Buy oaks to plant during TLC's Spring and Fall Sustainability Sales.
The fall sale runs from early August-end of September.
- Purchase a memorial/celebration oak from TLC.