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

February 2019

SeriesWed, Feb 20 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Feb 24 • 10:30 am
Free

Fledgling Birder

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

March 2019

Sun, Mar 3 • 1 PM
Free

Sun Gazing

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Mar 6 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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

Sunday Funday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Mar 15 • 6:30 pm
Free

Mud Snipe Hunt

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Mar 17 • 1 PM
Free

Shades of Green Hike

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Mar 20 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Mar 22 • 6:30 pm
Free

Mud Snipe Hunt

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Mar 24 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Awakening

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Mar 27 - Thu, Mar 28 • 9:30 am
$20

Spring Break Camp: Nature’s Architects

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

Animal Tricksters

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

April 2019

SeriesWed, Apr 3 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 5 • 7 PM
Free

Mud Snipe Hunt

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

Prime Real Estate

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Apr 13 • 1 PM
Free

Radio Telemetry

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

Art in Nature: Mixed Media Sketching

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Apr 17 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesThu, Apr 18 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Apr 20 • 12 PM
Free

Earth Day, Nature Play

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Apr 26 • 7:30 pm
Free

Frog Calls

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Apr 28 • 1 PM
Free

April Blooms

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

May 2019

SeriesWed, May 1 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesThu, May 2 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walks

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, May 5 • 1 PM
Free

Springtime Slitherers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSat, May 11 • 11 AM
Free

International Migratory Bird Day and #BirdThePreserves Big Sit

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

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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

Amazing Eggs

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, May 24 • 7:30 pm
Free

Setting Sun Photo Meet-Up

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

Pollinators

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

June 2019

Don't MissSun, Jun 2 • 12 PM
Free

Explore the Forest

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jun 6 - Fri, Jun 7 • 9:30 am
$20

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 12 - Fri, Jun 14 • 9:30 am
$30

Habitat Hideout Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Jun 18 - Thu, Jun 20 • 9:30 am
$30

Ecosystem Explorer Camp

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

Wild Ranger Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills

July 2019

Wed, Jul 10 - Thu, 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