Event Information
McHenry County Conservation Foundation's 15th Annual Event
to help protect, preserve and enhance our county's precious natural resources

  Paddler Group Sunday, June 4, 2017

12K, 20K or 30K bicycle ride
2 hour paddle (6 mile)
Horseback Trail (5.5 mile)

There are three ways to enjoy the great outdoors
during this annual fundraising event!
Whether by bike, boat, or horse, you'll enjoy fresh air and exercise,
make new friends and help support
the McHenry County Conservation Foundation!

This event is held, rain or shine!
Pedal                   Sign-In/Registration is 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Glacial Park       First Parking Lot
12K, 20K or 30K bicycle ride. Enjoy a scenic bike ride through the countryside.
Rest stops and refreshments provided along the way.
The 30K route includes new Nippersink North Branch Trail. All routes are on crushed limestone bike trails.
 Paddle               Sign-In/Registration is 7:30-9 a.m. at Keystone Road Landing
6-mile paddle down the scenic Nippersink Creek.
Bring your canoe or kayak, we'll provide shuttle service and support.
A LIMITED number of canoe rentals are available from Tip-A-Canoe     Our kayaks are SOLD OUT
at a special discounted rate of $45 per rental.
Saddle               Sign-In/Registration is 9 - 10 a.m. at area adjacent to the MCCD maintenance buildings,
                                                                                 east of Keystone Road.  Look for signs to direct you.
Bring your own horse! Ride out at 10:00a.m. for a 5.5 mile trail ride through scenic Glacial Park. The trail for this event will be the trails West of Hart Road and East of Keystone Road, utilizing the two Bridges over Nippersink Creek.
Do not park in regular horse trailer parking area for this event. Follow signs posted on Keystone Road for horse trailer parking area.
Or More!  Feeling energetic? Pedal & Paddle for the price of one, just make sure you're back before lunch is over
- you won't want to miss it!
Please contact the Foundation directly for more details via our e-mail address:   info@mchenryconservation.org




Food Music


Food & Music

About McHenry County Conservation Foundation - MCCF
The McHenry County Conservation Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the goals and objectives of the McHenry County Conservation District and its conservation efforts. MCCF strives to protect, preserve, and enhance our county's precious natural resources: prairies, woodlands, meadows, rivers, wetlands, and streams. Our annual Pedal-Paddle Through the Prairie helps raise funds to support conservation in McHenry County.

MCCF Members receive a discounted registration fee! You can help MCCF make a difference today and forever! Please join us!
About Glacial Park
McHenry County Conservation District's Glacial Park encompasses over 3,300 acres featuring rolling prairie, wetlands, delta kames, the Kettle Bog, Lost Valley Marsh, and Nippersink Creek. Four hundred acres are designated as Illinois state nature preserves within the central core, providing critical habitat for 18 species of state endangered and threatened plants and birds, including sandhill cranes and Blanding's turtles. In addition to the re-meandering of Nippersink Creek, district staff and dedicated volunteers have restored hundreds of acres of native savanna, grassland, and wetland communities by removing invasive plant species, conducting prescription burns, and recreating wetlands.

Glacial Park takes us outside our everyday experience and transports us in time to a land on the eve of settlement, with all of its possibilities stretched out before us in waving prairie grasses and wetlands alive with the call of migratory waterfowl.            -- Ed Collins, Restoration Ecologist
Event Details
We'll have folks patrolling bike routes to provide assistance, plus there'll be rest stops with snacks and beverages. Detailed maps, snack pack for paddlers, and a required waiver form will be provided at registration.
All riders must wear helmets and obey IL traffic laws. Paddlers must have a PFD for each occupant in the boat (PFDs are included with canoe rentals.) Sunscreen is probably not a bad idea either!
Register by May 19, 2017 Early Deadline and get a free T-shirt!
$25 Individual non-members; $15 for MCCF members
$50 Family non-members; $40 for MCCF members;
 (add $6 per participant if more than four in family)
Registrations AFTER May 19th will gladly be accepted, but will NOT include a free T-shirt

For organized groups of 5 or more,
please contact us by phone or e-mail.    815-759-9390   pedal@mchenryconservation.org     
We will handle groups on an individual basis.

Day of Event: Registrations available. T-shirt $10 extra, if available

Each registration includes Pasta Feast and entertainment by musical talents
"Dan & Danielle"

Each participate must read and sign a release form.  Found HERE

Online Registration Form & Pay via PayPal    CLICK HERE 
To Register by Mail & Pay by Check:

2017 Printable/mailable Registration Form   

    Waiver/Release Information & Forms

NOTE: Registrations must be postmarked by May 19th, 2017
to receive a free T-shirt
Please be advised that this event is held rain or shine.  No refunds will be issued, with the exception of canoe or kayak rentals. If you can't attend, your registration can be considered a tax-deductible donation to McHenry County Conservation Foundation. 
Event Day Check-in/Registration Times:

Paddlers: Check-in between 7:30-9 a.m., at Keystone Landing. Then take a short drive to the end point at Pioneer Landing. Shuttles will transport drivers back on the half hour. The paddle will take about two hours, so plan on being on the water (put in) before 9:30.

Pedalers: Check-in anytime between 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Glacial Park.
All bike routes begin and end at Glacial Park.
Please note: Registration will only be open at these times so volunteers can move on to other areas to help ensure an enjoyable time for you.

Saddlers: Check-in is 9 - 10 a.m.  at area adjacent to the MCCD maintenance buildings, east of Keystone Road.
Look for signs to direct you. You must bring your own horse(s). Do not park in regular horse trailer parking area for this event. Follow signs posted on Keystone Road for horse trailer parking area.

Please note: Registration will only be open at these times so volunteers can move on to other areas to help ensure an enjoyable time for you.  

Our famous pasta feast is served 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lost Valley Visitors Center.
Enjoy delicious homemade mostaccioli, tossed salad, and fresh bread plus Culver's chocolate or vanilla custard for dessert! We'll also have live entertainment by musical talents "Dan & Danielle" during lunch.

Take Route 31 north of McHenry. Make a left onto Harts Road and travel half mile to the park entrance. Parking is available at the Lost Valley Visitors Center, just follow the signs. See map below for check-in locations.

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Join us for another event to support
McHenry County Conservation District
Early Bird Registration Now Open:
QUESTIONS?  email: pedal@mchenryconservation.org  │   P.O. Box 1108, Woodstock, IL 60098     phone: 815-759-9390