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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October 2017
SeriesWed, Oct 18 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Oct 22 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Introduction to Pastels

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Oct 27 • 7 PM
$2

Somewhat Scary Stories

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

Owls, Bats and Spiders

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
November 2017
SeriesWed, Nov 1 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Nov 3 • 7 PM
Free

Waxing Moon Prairie Ramble

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Nov 5 • 9 AM
Free

Waterfowl Watch

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

Kaleidoscope of Colors

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Nov 15 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

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

Prairie Planting

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

Art in Nature: Playing With Knives

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

Winter Preparation

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