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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December 2017
SeriesWed, Dec 20 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Dec 23 • 1 PM
Free

Solstice Celebration

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Dec 30 • 1 PM
Free

New Year’s and Nature

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
January 2018
Bird The PreservesFri, Jan 5 • 7 PM
Free

Evening Owl Hike

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

Winter Tales

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

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Jan 13 • 10 AM
Free

Fledgling Artists

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

Tree Essences: Aromas Steeped in Culture and Tradition

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Jan 24 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

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

Winter Weeds

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Wed, Jan 31 • 7 PM
Free

Hike in the Light of a Winter Blue Moon

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
February 2018
Sat, Feb 3 • 1 PM
Free

Groundhog’s Day

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
SeriesWed, Feb 7 • 10 AM
Free

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Fri, Feb 9 • 7 PM
Free

Spark in the Dark

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sat, Feb 10 • 10 AM
Free

Fledgling Artists

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Bird The PreservesSun, Feb 18 • 1 PM
Free

Winter Bird Hike

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

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Sun, Feb 25 • 1 PM
Free

Under the Ice and Mud

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