MCSEEP: 30 Years of Environmental Education in McHenry County!

 Become Aware so that you can Care

Welcome to the McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program.  My name is Bill Donato and I am the Director of the program.  For the past thirty years MCSEEP has provided environmental education to over 100,000 students, staff and parents throughout McHenry County.  As Director, I am excited to continue 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 "Inspiring Awareness to Empower Action."  The McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program (MCSEEP) provides STEM activities correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards pre K-12.  In addition to pre 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 [email protected]

MCSEEP received a Grant and held pre-school workshop for teachers! The McHenry County Community Foundation sponsored a hands-on environmental pre-school workshop and teacher training.

The $9,500 grant was awarded to MCSEEP from the McHenry County Community Foundation and provides money to expand the skills of pre-school teachers in science.  The grant also provided teachers with equipment that they will use with their students.  Each teacher also received ,materials to develop a ten by two foot garden that they will use with their students.  Each student will receive a square foot within the area and will work with the other students designing what to grow. 

“With this grant, we will 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.”

To get involved with MCSEEP please contact [email protected]


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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. 

Trex Johnsburg pictures

MCSEEP in the Classroom