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July at Crabtree Nature Center

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On July 10, 2018


Newly hatched monarch caterpillar on milkweed leaf.

Insects are taking center stage this summer! You can’t miss the buzz in the air, the dancing dragonflies, or the pesky mosquitoes out on the trails this month. Our seasonal monarch habitat is currently housing the newly hatched caterpillar and a pupating butterfly which will emerge from its chrysalis soon. Stop in to visit the monarchs and take part in one of our three insect-themed programs this July!  

 Spend an Evening in the Forest!


We’ll learn about these mysterious creatures, then look for them after dark.
Registration required.  Friday, July 27th – 8:00 PM

Looking Ahead:  Bats!
Registration required.  Friday, August 10 · 7:30 pm

Enjoy one of our free weekend programs.

Art in Nature: Beyond Basic Coloring

Artist Lori Boxer will share techniques to get more out of your coloring. Ages 16 & up. Space is limited. Registration required.  Sunday, July 15 · 1:00-3:00 pm


Learn about these chatty insects and their secretive beginnings. See cicadas up close. 
Sunday, July 22 · 1:00 pm

Catching Dragons and Damselflies
They may not breathe fire, but they did live with dinosaurs. Come practice your catch and release skills while learning more. Sunday, July 29th – 1:00 PM

Looking Ahead:  Bugapalooza!  

Explore insects through activities and crafts. Sunday, August 5 · 1:00 pm