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Fun on the Fourth

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 12:53 p.m. CDT
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U.S. Marine Corporal Svitak let children tour a military vehicle at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. "Patriot Park" was new to the festival this year - an area for those spreading military awareness.
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Western Sky Band, of McHenry County, performed modern country hits at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. Vocalist Camille Eiseman opened with patriotic ballads, accompanied by vocalist and guitarist Terry Tank (left), guitarist Steve Plump (right), and drummer Pete Nutley. Not pictured was bassist James Hay.
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Visitors climbed a portable rock wall at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. The three-day festival featured food, music and family entertainment.
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Artist John Murawski showed visitors how to draw caricatures at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday. Murawski, an architect by profession, travels to several festivals each year to showcase his talents.
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U.S. Army veteran Joe Messineo, of Roselle, (right) showed visitors paratrooping equipment at the Annual Barrington Fourth of July Festival on Thursday.

RINGWOOD – A hands-on workshop will give teachers the background to build a native garden with their students back at their own school.

The program will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center in Ringwood.

Participants will learn about the native plants and local Great Lakes habitats as a basis for interdisciplinary kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum activities, teacher professional development and citizen science. 

The program is collaboration with the Arboretum at University of Wisconsin, Lake County Forest Preserve and Earth Partnership for Schools. It's funded in part by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes Earth Partnership Institutes will provide participants with the Great Lakes-EPS K–12 Curriculum Guide and Resource Binder, continental breakfast, snacks and supplies for the week

The cost is $100 per teacher, and each school will receive $150 for their school grounds project. Teachers can receive graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; all fees have been waived. The program also translates to 45 continuing professional development units.

For more information, contact Education Outreach Coordinator Mary Kozub at the McHenry County Conservation District at 815-678-4532, extension 8117.

The deadline to register is July 20.

- Northwest Herald

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