Crabtree Nature Center

Crabtree Nature Center

2016 Holiday Schedule

Nature Centers will be closed from 2pm on December 24 to 9am on December 27. Regular hours resume December 27.

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

December 2016
Sun, Dec 11 • 1 PM
Free

Tree Essences: Aromas Steeped in Culture and Tradition

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Dec 16 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Owl Hikes

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Dec 18 • 1 PM
Free

Life Under Ice

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Dec 21 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Dec 21 • 7 PM
Free

Solstice Celebration

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Dec 31 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Walk

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
January 2017
SeriesWed, Jan 4 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jan 8 • 1 PM
Free

Coyotes: Chicago’s Wild Canines

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesFri, Jan 13 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Owl Hikes

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jan 15 • 1 PM
Free

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Mon, Jan 16 • 1 PM
Free

The Science of Snow

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Jan 18 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Jan 22 • 1 PM
Free

Headbangers World

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Jan 27 • 7 PM
Free

Stories From the Stars

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Jan 29 • 1 PM
Free

Groundhog’s Day

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
February 2017
SeriesWed, Feb 1 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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

Evergreens and Winter Trees

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Feb 10 • 7 PM
Free

Love Is In the Air

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Feb 12 • 1 PM
Free

Animal Attraction

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

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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

Winter Survival and Spring Arrival

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Feb 24 • 7 PM
Free

Stargazing

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