Crabtree Nature Center

Crabtree Nature Center

Over a thousand acres of rolling, glacier formed landscape in northwest Cook County has been set aside as Crabtree Nature Center.

 

Before 1830, this land was clothed in forest, prairie and marsh, but settlers brought rapid change to the landscape. Farming and homesteading practices led to prairies being plowed, marshes drained or dredged, and timber cut for building material. Since its purchase in the mid-1960′s by the Forest Preserve District, Crabtree has been slowly returning to its natural state through restoration by Forest Preserve staff and volunteer efforts.

 

1,182 acres of woodland, wetland and prairie provides a rest stop along the migratory bird highway. 260 species have been recorded using these habitats, with at least 89 species breeding onsite. Bird watchers can stroll through the trails to view birds along the way or stop at the blind to view the hosts of waterfowl in spring and fall.

 

In spring wildflowers carpet the woodlands. The summer brings blossoms in the meadows and prairies. Fall brings autumnal tones to the forest canopy and the native grasses. Winter brings solitude, broken by the calls of various birds visiting the grounds.

 

An exhibit building opens to several miles of self-guiding trails, inviting visitors to explore natural habitats that are home to wildlife and native plants.

 

Picnic facilities are available at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, 2 1/2 miles east on Dundee Road (Route 68); Carl Hansen Woods on Route 59; and Barrington Road Pond on Barrington Road.

 

Leave No Child Inside at Crabtree Nature Center

 

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3 Stover Road
Barrington Hills, IL 60010
847-381-6592
 

Hours: March – October
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 4 pm, closed Fridays
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

June 2019

Tue, Jun 18 - Thu, Jun 20 • 9:30 am
$30

Ecosystem Explorer Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jun 21 • 8 PM
Free

Frogs!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jun 23 • 1 PM
Free

Pond Scum

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 26 - Fri, Jun 28 • 9:30 am
$30

Wild Ranger Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jun 29 • 8 PM
Free

Light up the Night with Fireflies!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jun 30 • 1 PM
Free

Smartphone Snapshots

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

July 2019

Sun, Jul 7 • 1 PM
Free

Habitat Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jul 10 - Thu, Jul 11 • 9:30 am
$20

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jul 11 • 2 PM
Free

Simple Summer Fun

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jul 12 • 6:30 pm
Free

Twilight Canoe Trip

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 14 • 1 PM
Free

Wonder of Salamanders

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 21 • 1 PM
Free

Navigation Quest

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jul 25 • 2 PM
Free

Simple Summer Fun

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jul 26 • 8 PM
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 28 • 1 PM
Free

Wild Edibles

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

August 2019

Thu, Aug 1 • 2 PM
Free

Simple Summer Fun

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 4 • 1 PM
Free

Honeybee Products

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Aug 9 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 11 • 1 PM
Free

Magic Cicadas

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Aug 15 • 2 PM
Free

Simple Summer Fun

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 18 • 1 PM
Free

Hummers & Flowers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Aug 24 • 7:30 pm
Free

Buggy Night

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 25 • 1 PM
Free

Sunflower Stroll

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County