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

Events List Navigation

May 2016
Sun, May 29 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Walk with a Naturalist

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
June 2016
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Don't MissSun, Jun 5 • 12 PM
Free

Explore the Forest: 100 Years and Growing!

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

Garden Fun Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jun 11 • 10 AM
Free

Birds at Baker’s Lake

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Jun 12 • 1 PM
Free

Introduction to Watercolor

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Jun 14 - Thu, Jun 16 • 9:30 am
$15

Animal Adventures Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jun 17 • 7 PM
Free

Twilight Bird Hike

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

Feathered Fathers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 22 - Fri, Jun 24 • 9:30 am
$20

Crabtree Survivor Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jun 24 • 6:30 pm
Free

Evening Canoe

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jun 25 • 1 PM
Free

Pollinator Friendly Gardening

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 29 - Thu, Jun 30 • 10 AM
$5

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
July 2016
Sun, Jul 3 • 1 PM
Free

Red, White & Blue

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

Fireflies and Fire

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 10 • 1 PM
Free

Know Your Nasty Neighbors

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jul 13 - Thu, Jul 14 • 10 AM
$5

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Jul 17 • 1 PM
Free

Artists Trading Cards

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
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SeriesSat, Jul 23 • 10 AM
Free

Photo Meet Up

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

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jul 31 • 1 PM
Free

Frogs!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
August 2016
Sat, Aug 6 • 10 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Aug 7 • 1 PM
Free

The Poetry of Place

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Aug 12 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Aug 14 • 1 PM
Free

Animal Olympics

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Aug 19 • 7:30 pm
Free

Bats!

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

Cicadas!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Aug 24 • 10 AM
Free

Morning Bird Walk

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