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CCFPD: January at Crabtree Nature Center

CCFPD: January at Crabtree Nature Center

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On January 5, 2018

Winter Wonderland at Crabtree Nature CenterCrabtree in Snow

Check out what is happening this January.

My favorite part of winter at Crabtree Nature Center is fresh snow because that means fresh tracks. The winter sometimes seems quiet and still, without much action. However, a fresh snow reveals the flurry of activity by those animals that brave the winter chill through the tracks they leave behind. Can you guess who left the tracks pictured above? Notice the four toe prints, fused paw pad, and nail prints. These are the tracks of a lone coyote. Coyote tracks are commonly seen on our trails as canines readily uses trails and roads to travel. Next time it snows, hike our trails to see what other animals have been using the trails too!

Snowshoes! Leave tracks of your own!

Snowshoes are available when snow is 4” or greater.

Equipment is limited and is loaned with no charge on a first come, first serve basis. Driver’s license required.

Follow us on Facebook to learn about pop-up snowshoe programs when conditions allow.

Evening Programs at Crabtree Nature Center

Evening Owl Hike

Join us for an informative talk about these nocturnal hunters. Afterwards we’ll look for these unique predators on a 0.5 mile hike.

Ages 7 & up. Registration required. Call today to save your spot! |Friday, Jan 5 · 7:00 pm

Hike in the Light of a Winter Blue Moon

Experience the Phantom Prairie trail on a wintery night during the light of a “blue moon.”

Ages 12 & up. 2 mile hike. Limited supply of snowshoes. Registration required. |Wednesday, Jan 31 · 7:00 pm

Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Join us for a special program for little naturalists, children ages 2-6 with caregiver.

Experience nature through storytelling, music, play, and art!

We’ll spend some time outdoors if weather permits, so dress accordingly.

Wednesdays, Jan 10 & 24 at 10:00 am

Please note that space will be limited.

Free tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis starting at 9:30 am for 16 children.

Fledgling Artist

Meet an animal up close and be inspired to create a masterpiece

in this program that blends artistic discovery with nature education.

Saturdays, Jan 13 & Feb 10 at 10:00 am

Ages 7-10. $5 per child per class. Registration required. Call today for more information.

Enjoy one of our free weekend programs.

Winter Tales

Join a naturalist for a 1.5 mile hike where we will hear stories of winter myths and legends. |Sunday, Jan 7 · 1 pm

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation

Can you guess what animal neighbors have been visiting from the clues they’ve left behind? Learn about tracks, scat and more during this interactive adventure. |Sunday, Jan 14 · 1:00 pm

Tree Essences: Aroma Steeped in Culture and Tradition

We will explore the botanic sources of the many ingredients that produce these unique scents, as well as how the demand for these “essences” impacts trees and plants around the world. |Sunday, Jan 21 · 1:00 pm

Winter Weeds

Hike a 1.5 mile trail and learn to identify some of our weeds in winter. |Sunday, Jan 28 · 1:00 pm



Many programs require preregistration call Crabtree at (847) 381 – 6592