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.

 


 

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2nd Annual Birdhouse Building Contest

The purpose of this contest is to highlight the need for nesting sites for birds and showcase your creativity. Houses will be built by registered participants, displayed throughout the summer and voted on by visitors. Houses due May 25. Winners announced September 20. Learn more >

kris dapra with photos

 

FPD 365 Photo Exhibit

Kris DaPra took a photo in a forest preserve on every day in 2014. Come enjoy the fruits of her year-long adventure with this exhibit of all 365 photos at Crabtree. On display throughout 2015 Read more about the project >

 


 

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 – May
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: June – August
Building Mon-Thu: 9 am – 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat-Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Grounds Mon-Fri: 8 am – 6 pm
Sat-Sun: 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: September – October
Building 9 am – 4:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm
Hours: November – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm

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

Events List Navigation

May 2015
Don't MissSun, May 31 • 12 PM
Free

Explore the Forest: 100 Years & Growing

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
June 2015
Sun, Jun 7 • 1 PM
Free

Down ‘n’ Dirty

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jun 11 • 1 PM
$2

Science Explorations: Water Worlds

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jun 13 • 1 PM
Free

Family Nature Club

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Jun 14 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Vista Watercolor

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 17 - Fri, Jun 19 • 9:30 am
$20

Crabtree Survivor

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jun 19 • 6:30 pm
Free

Twilight Canoe Trip

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

Who’s Your Daddy?

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 24 - Thu, Jun 25 • 9:30 am
$10

Gone Fishin’

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jun 27 • 1 PM
Free

June Bugs

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jun 28 • 11 AM
Free

Lullibies in the Woods

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
July 2015
Sun, Jul 5 • 1 PM
Free

Red, White and Blue

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Jul 7 - Thu, Jul 9 • 9:30 am
$15

Animal Adventures

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jul 10 • 8 PM
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 12 • 10 AM
$2

Webelos Naturalist Badge Clinic

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 12 • 12:30 pm
$2

Webelos Forester Badge Clinic

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jul 15 • 11 AM
Free

Lullabies in the Woods

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jul 18 • 1 PM
Free

Family Nature Club

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Jul 19 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Artist Trading Cards

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jul 22 - Thu, Jul 23 • 9:30 am
$10

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jul 24 • 8 PM
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSat, Jul 25 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet-Up

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 26 • 1 PM
Free

Pond Dippin’

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jul 30 • 1 PM
$2

Science Explorations: Poisonous Plants

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
August 2015
Sun, Aug 2 • 1 PM
Free

Science Sunday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Aug 5 • 11 AM
Free

Lullibies in the Woods

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSat, Aug 8 • 8 AM
Free

Art in Nature: Beginning Plein Air Painting

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 9 • 1 PM
Free

Cicadas!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Aug 13 • 1 PM
$2

Science Explorations: Insect Investigations

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Aug 14 • 8 PM
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 16 • 1 PM
Free

Bring on the Butterflies!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Aug 22 • 1 PM
Free

Family Nature Club

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

Summer Ramble

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