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

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June 2018
Sun, Jun 24 • 1 PM
Free

Bring on the Butterflies!

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

Animal Adventure Day Camp

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

Light up the Night with Fireflies!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
July 2018
Sun, Jul 1 • 1 PM
Free

Red, White & Blue

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jul 6 • 8 PM
Free

Nocturnal Narratives

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 8 • 1 PM
Free

Skeeters

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

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 15 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature – Beyond the Basic Coloring Book

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 22 • 1 PM
Free

Cicadas!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jul 27 • 8 PM
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 29 • 1 PM
Free

Catching Dragons and Damselflies!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
August 2018
Sun, Aug 5 • 1 PM
Free

Bugapalooza!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Aug 10 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Aug 11 • 8:30 pm
Free

Meteor Madness

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 12 • 1 PM
Free

Summer Ramble

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 19 • 1 PM
Free

School of Ants

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Aug 24 • 7 PM
Free

Bats!

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

Bird Beaks

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