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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August 2018
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
September 2018
Sun, Sep 2 • 1 PM
Free

Stroll Through a September Prairie

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Mon, Sep 3 • 10 AM
Free

Wellness Walks – Speed Up

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Don't MissSun, Sep 9 • 11 AM
Free

Color the Preserves

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Sep 12 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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

Lifting Logs

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Sep 21 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

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

Landscape Design Workshop with Native Plants

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

Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
October 2018
Fri, Oct 5 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Oct 7 • 1 PM
Free

Autumn Voyagers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Oct 13 • 1:30 pm
Free

Wellness Walks – Slow Down

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

ART IN NATURE – Beginning Pastels

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Oct 20 • 10 AM
Free

Wellness Walks – Speed Up

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

Autumn Hues

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Oct 26 • 7 PM
$2

Somewhat Scary Stories

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

Prairie Pickin’

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
November 2018
Sat, Nov 17 • 1:30 pm
Free

Wellness Walks – Slow Down

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