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Crabtree Nature Center

Photo Credit: Cheryl Eugenio

  • Address: 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills
  • COVID-19 updates: Nature Center exhibit buildings within Forest Preserve of Cook County are closed Parking limited. Grounds, trails and bathrooms are open. Guests are expected to maintain social distancing protocol and wear masks.

This Barrington Hills gem has 3 miles of trails through woodlands, wetlands and prairies for the family to explore. Looking for something short and sweet? Take the Giant’s Hollow Trail and you may spot some frogs in the frog ponds. Kids will adore the nature play area and the animals in the enclosure. Take the time to explore the nature play area, too. Want to try snowshoeing during the winter months? You can try it for free here!

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Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills will be one of the locations for Forest Preserves of Cook County’s “Party in the Preserves” on Saturday, Sept. 26. From 9 AM to 1 PM visitors to Crabtree can help collect native seeds, view seed cleaning demonstrations, join in a scavenger hunt, and give back to nature by helping clean up the preserves.

Enjoy a number of self-guided activities and guided programs on September 26, 2020 from 9AM to 9PM at various Forest Preserves locations to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

The schedule at Crabtree Nature Center Saturday is:

Prairie Pickin’ (10AM & 11AM)*
Help us collect seeds of native Prairie Plants that will be used to restore areas of Crabtree. Long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes and gloves recommended. Ages 10 & up with parent. *Pre-registration suggested as space is limited: Call 847-381-6592.

Seed Cleaning Demonstrations (9AM – 1PM)
View a demonstration of staff cleaning seeds, learn how seeds are prepped to be planted.

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunts (9AM – 1PM)
Pick up a scavenger hunt at the welcome table before your walk on the trail.

Select Organized Litter Obliterators (SOLO)
Help clean up the preserves as a way to give back and celebrate Nation Public Lands Day. Pick up Litter Obliterator supplies at the follow locations at any of our
 nature centers (9AM – 3PM); Bemis Woods-SouthKickapoo Woods and Forest Way Grove (2PM – 6PM).

Click here for other Forest Preserve locations.

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As social distancing concerns grow with the rising temperatures this spring, suburban forest preserve officials say they continue to monitor the size of crowds at their facilities but intend to keep most open to the public.

That could change quickly depending on public behavior.

Despite social media initiatives, ample signage and rangers walking the grounds, there have been cases where crowds needed to be dispersed at preserves. In some instances — such as with Rocky Glen Waterfall near Lemont and the Swallow Cliff Stairs near Palos Hills — sites were closed because of overcrowding.

“We may close more sites,” said Carl Vogel, director of communications for the Cook County Forest Preserve. “That’s absolutely a possibility. But we want people to follow the guidelines and help us keep the forest preserves open.”

Read more here.

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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has added the following to their website:

“Buildings, grounds, trails and bathrooms at Nature Centers are closed to the public until May 11.

All public Forest Preserves events are also cancelled until May 11.

This message can be found on the Crabtree Nature Center website here.

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Park districts and forest preserves are facing a coronavirus quandary: They’ve touted the outdoors as a mental boost and antidote to cabin fever, but crowds are still failing to heed public health warnings to practice social distancing.

Those failures have brought more restrictions to outdoor gathering spaces, a crackdown gaining traction after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot closed the city’s lakefront, 606 trail and Riverwalk.

The Lake County Forest Preserve District is installing more signs with a plea to adhere to social distancing so its properties can stay open.

“Right now, it seems to be OK, but we’re watching it very closely,” Executive Director Ty Kovach said.

Read more here.

Related: Cook County closes Crabtree Nature Center, Horizon Farms

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Crabtree Nature Center invites the public to the annual Art in Nature: Color the Preserves event, hosted from 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, September 15, at 3 Stover Road, in Barrington Hills.

“During this free event, attendees can enjoy a variety of activities including painting with watercolor, drawing with colored pencils, sculpting with clay, and other art forms to capture and reflect the beauty of the forest preserves through art,” said Jeff Rapp, director of Crabtree Nature Center.

Throughout the event, there will be also be live music and dance programs, and art, painting and jewelry making demonstrations. Additionally, visitors can view and purchase art throughout the event.

For information on the event or the nature center, contact the Crabtree directly at (847) 381-6592.   A complete listing of all special events and programs is posted to the Forest Preserves’ events website at fpdcc.com/events with seasonal brochures that can be downloaded.

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Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington Hills is celebrating the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Join us June 2 from noon to 4 p.m. as we Explore the Forest to see the many different facets of the forest preserves at this free event.

Find out about recreational activities from tree climbing and archery to fishing, camping, and wildlife encounters. Pick up a trail map and get a bike check-over courtesy of LL Bean.

Learn about the work that goes on behind the scenes to manage the preserves. Try out wildlife tracking radars, climb onto giant equipment used in habitat restoration and meet with Master Gardeners. Special guests from the Chicago Botanic Garden and Brookfield Zoo will highlight their role in the preserves.

The event is part of Chicago Wilderness’ Leave No Child Inside initiative to promote children’s connections with nature. Spend time in our Nature Play area where you can climb a spider web, build forts and follow a story trail.

Visit fdpcc.com or call (847) 381-6592 for information.

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