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: December – February
Building 9 am – 3:30 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 4 pm
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 – November
Building 9 am – 5 pm, closed Friday
Grounds 8 am – 5 pm

Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

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February 2016
Fri, Feb 12 • 7 PM
Free

Love is in the Air

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Sun, Feb 14 • 1 PM
Free

Animal Attraction

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Sat, Feb 20 • 1 PM
Free

Seed Starting

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Sun, Feb 21 • 1 PM
Free

Animal Tracks

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Wed, Feb 24 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

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Sun, Feb 28 • 1 PM
$5

This Old Birdhouse

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March 2016
Sun, Mar 6 • 1 PM
Free

Under the Ice & Mud

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SeriesSat, Mar 12 • 10 AM
Free

Art in Nature: Colored Pencil – Multi-Use Medium

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Sun, Mar 13 • 1 PM
Free

Natural Numbers

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Wed, Mar 16 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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SeriesFri, Mar 18 • 6:30 pm
Free

Timberdoodle Treks

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Sun, Mar 20 • 1 PM
Free

Signs of Spring

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Sun, Mar 27 • 1 PM
Free

Naturalist’s Selection

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April 2016
SeriesFri, Apr 1 • 6:45 pm
Free

Timberdoodle Treks

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Sun, Apr 3 • 1 PM
Free

Fabulous Frogs

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Fri, Apr 8 • 8 PM
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Ignite the Twilight

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Sun, Apr 10 • 1 PM
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Bare Bones

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Wed, Apr 13 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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Sun, Apr 17 • 1 PM
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Prime Real Estate

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Tue, Apr 19 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

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Sat, Apr 23 • 1 PM
Free

Replacing Ash Trees

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Sun, Apr 24 • 12 PM
Free

Earth Day, Nature Play

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Tue, Apr 26 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

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SeriesSat, Apr 30 • 8:30 am
Free

Art in Nature: Beginning Plein Air Workshop

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May 2016
Sun, May 1 • 1 PM
Free

Flower Stories

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Tue, May 3 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

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#BirdThePreservesThu, May 5 • 8 AM
Free

Birding Trip with Lake Cook Audubon Society

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#BirdThePreservesSat, May 7 • 5:30 am
Free

The Big Sit & International Migratory Bird Day

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Sun, May 8 • 1 PM
Free

Flower Walk

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Tue, May 10 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

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SeriesSun, May 15 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Introduction to Pastels

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Wed, May 18 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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Sat, May 21 • 1 PM
$25

Create Stunning Hanging Baskets

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Sun, May 22 • 1 PM
Free

Sunday Funday

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Sun, May 29 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Walk with a Naturalist

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June 2016
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Don't MissSun, Jun 5 • 12 PM
Free

Explore the Forest: 100 Years and Growing!

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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County