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 >

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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

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September 2015
Sun, Sep 6 • 1 PM
Free

Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Sep 12 • 1 PM
Free

Wildflower Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Sep 13 • 1 PM
Free

Prairie Pharmacy

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
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Don't MissSun, Sep 20 • 10 AM
Free

Art in Nature

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Sep 22 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Sep 25 • 7 PM
Free

Night at the Nature Center

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Sep 26 • 12 PM
Free

Nature Play Day

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Sep 27 • 8 PM
Free

Lunar Eclipse Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Sep 29 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
October 2015
Sun, Oct 4 • 1 PM
Free

Amusing Mushrooms

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Oct 6 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Oct 10 • 1 PM
$20

Fall Planter

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

Autumn Ramble

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Oct 13 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

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

Art in Nature: Beginning Oils

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Oct 23 • 7 PM
$2

Somewhat Scary Stories

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Oct 24 • 10 AM
Free

Prairie Pickin’

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

Owls, Bats, and Spiders

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
November 2015
Sun, Nov 1 • 1 PM
Free

Red Sky at Morning…

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

Nature Navigators

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

Art in Nature: Playing with Knives

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

Prairie Planting

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

Animal Homes

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