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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February 2018
Sun, Feb 25 • 1 PM
Free

Under the Ice and Mud

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
May 2018
Thu, May 3 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, May 3 • 7:30 pm
Free

Lunar Promenade

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, May 6 • 1 PM
Free

Springtime Slitherers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, May 6 • 1 PM
Free

International Migratory Bird Day and #BirdThePreserves Big Sit

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

The Secret Language of Flowers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, May 20 • 12:30 pm
Free

Botanical Beverages

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, May 27 • 1 PM
Free

Pollinator Super Powers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
June 2018
Don't MissSun, Jun 3 • 12 PM
Free

Explore the Forest: 100 Years and Growing!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Jun 12 - Wed, Jun 13 • 9:30 am
$20

Garden Fun Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jun 14 - Fri, Jun 15 • 9:30 am
$20

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 20 - Fri, Jun 22
$35

Crabtree Survivor Day Camp

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

Animal Adventure Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
July 2018
Tue, Jul 10 - Wed, Jul 11 • 9:30 am
$20

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

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