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 Become Aware so that you can Care: Inspire Awareness to Empower Action

Welcome to the McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program.  My name is Bill Donato and I am the Director of the program.  I am excited to work with the schools and citizens of McHenry County on environmental issues.  Our goal is to first make people aware of different environmental concepts and issues and provide the skills to react to them.  This goal relates to our motto for the year "What Can You Do To Nurture Nature?."  The McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program (MCSEEP) provides STEM activities correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards K-12.  In addition to K-12 lessons, we will be providing lessons for home school students, pre-k and college.  We are also encouraging schools to conduct long-term projects collecting data which can monitor environmental and energy trends.  This site will be a clearinghouse for this data to compare with schools in the county.  We will also be conducting teacher in-service on environmental topics as well as assist high schools or organizations that work with high school age students to train for the Envirothon Contest which occurs in April.  We plan on holding homeowner environmental sessions that concentrate on what each individual can do to make a difference environmentally.  Please feel free to contact me for details on any of our programs or if you have ideas for us to explore at

MCSEEP receives a Grant! The McHenry County Community Foundation is sponsoring a hands-on environmental pre-school workshop and teacher training contact for more information  Article from the Northwest Herald below:

Grant helps teach environmental lessons to McHenry County preschool students
Published: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:16 a.m. CST
By NATE LINHART nlinhart
CRYSTAL LAKE – A new grant will allow McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program staff to give environmental lessons to preschool students and teachers in their classrooms.

The $9,500 grant was awarded to MCSEEP from the McHenry County Community Foundation.

“With this grant, we can give kids a head start learning about nature and environmental science,” MCSEEP director Bill Donato said. “Starting next school year, we’ll have our staff assist with teachers’ lessons. The more experiences we can bring to these younger kids, the better.”

The grant also will fund an educational workshop July 28 for preschool teachers at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake. The workshop will be led by two environmental educators, including Robert Williams, who said the activities he has planned for the workshop will be simple but effective.

“I will do a lot of activities that will be outside,” he said. “One thing we’ll go over is how to teach the properties of matter to kids. That’s classifying things by their properties, such as by color, their weight or by how long something is.”

Schools interested in receiving the lessons should contact Donato at 815-334-4054 or All public and private preschools around McHenry County are eligible.

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McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program reaches out to over 53 schools in McHenry County. Since 1987 we have provided classroom presentations, materials and lesson plans on a variety of environmental conservation topics.

The Trex Challenge has gotten off to a great start with Johnsburg Elementary School collecting over 140 pounds of plastic during its first two weeks. 

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MCSEEP in the Classroom