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

February 2017
Bird The PreservesSat, Feb 25 • 1 PM
$5.00

This Old Birdhouse

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Feb 26 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Oil Painting Techniques

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
March 2017
SeriesWed, Mar 1 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Mar 5 • 1 PM
Free

Sun Gazing

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Mar 12 • 1 PM
Free

Crane Moon

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

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Mar 17 • 6:30 pm
Free

Timberdoodle Trek

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

Bugsicles

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Mar 24 • 6:30 pm
Free

Timberdoodle Trek

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

Spring Symphony

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSun, Mar 26 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Open Studio

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Mar 29 - Thu, Mar 30 • 9:30 am
$10

Spring Break Camp: Creative Exploration

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
April 2017
Sun, Apr 2 • 1 PM
Free

Poisson D’avril

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Apr 5 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Apr 7 • 6:30 pm
Free

Timberdoodle Trek

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Apr 9 • 1 PM
Free

Prime Real Estate

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSat, Apr 15 • 1 PM
Free

Art in Nature: Beginning Oils

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Apr 16 • 1 PM
Free

Animal Babies

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Apr 19 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesday

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesThu, Apr 20 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Apr 22 • 12 PM
Free

Earth Day, Nature Play

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Apr 23 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Easy Care Natives

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesThu, Apr 27 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Apr 30 • 1 PM
Free

Amazing Eggs

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
May 2017
Bird The PreservesThu, May 4 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSat, May 6 • 6 AM
Free

International Migratory Bird Day and #BirdThePreserves Big Sit

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

Springtime Slitherers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesThu, May 11 • 8 AM
Free

Bird Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesSat, May 13 • 8:30 am
Free

Art in Nature: Beginning Plein Air Workshop

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

Flower Stories

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, May 20 • 1 PM
Free

Conservation@Home: Building a Bird Garden

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

Garlic Mustard Pull

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

Amphibian Adventure

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, May 28 • 1 PM
Free

Pollinator Super Powers

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Mon, May 29 • 1 PM
Free

Spring Ramble

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
June 2017
Don't MissSun, Jun 4 • 12 PM
Free

Explore the Forest: 100 Years and Growing!

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Thu, Jun 8 - Fri, Jun 9 • 9:30 am
$20

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Jun 13 - Thu, Jun 15 • 9:30 am
$30

Garden Fun Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jun 21 - Fri, Jun 23 • 9:30 am
$30

Crabtree Survivor Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Tue, Jun 27 - Thu, Jun 29 • 9:30 am
$30

Animals Adventure Day Camp

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
July 2017
Wed, Jul 12 - Thu, Jul 13 • 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