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Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd, Barrington, IL 60010, United States

February 2017

FPDCC: Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills Join us on select Wednesday mornings throughout the winter for a special outdoor program for your little naturalists. This is a parent/caregiver and tot program for children ages 2–6. Space is limited; free tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis starting at 9:30 am for 16 children. Cost: Free.

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FPDCC: Art in Nature: Oil Painting Techniques

Have fun manipulating oil paint on canvas using traditional and unique implements to create your own masterpiece. Taught by artist Carol Foster. Registration required. For ages 12 & up. Cost: Free. Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.

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September 2018

Autumn Bird Hikes

Citizens for Conservation Bird Walks at Crabtree Nature Center: 3 Stover Road off Palatine Road. Walks are free and open to the public although spaces are limited and RSVPs are required.  Good walking shoes are strongly recommended...and don't forget your binoculars! RSVP to Daniel Wear at 312-453-0230, Ext. 2010 or dwear@audubon.org; include the best way to contact you. Before heading out, be sure to check CFC's website, www.citizensforconservation.org, for last-minute changes or cancellations.

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April 2019

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walks & Hikes

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May 2019

Barrington Area Spring Bird Walks & Hikes

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Barrington Area Spring Bird Walks & Hikes

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June 2019

Explore the Forest at Crabtree Nature Center

Celebrate the Forest Preserves of Cook County! Try archery, climb a tree, touch a fish, check out the restoration equipment, or pitch a tent. Bring your bike for a Check-Over by LL Bean. Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, in Barrington Hills, is one of six nature centers operated by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Visits are always free, and the nature centers offer a variety of educational events and festivals throughout the year. For more information, call the…

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Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS The first day will be spent investigating fish. On the second day, we will go fishing at a local lake. Ages 7 – 12. COST: $20     Find Similar Events: VENUEMORE EVENTS AT CRABTREE NATURE CENTER OR IN NORTHWEST COOK COUNTY. TOPICSMORE EVENTS BY TOPIC: DAY CAMP, FISHING, NORTHWEST COOK COUNTY Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010VIEW MAP  

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Amphibians and Reptiles Hike

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS   Hike the trails and look for and identify native herps (amphibians and reptiles) along the trails at Crabtree Nature Center. Wear comfortable close-toed shoes, dress for the weather, and be prepared for a two-hour hike.   COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov

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Habitat Hideout Day

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Discover what plants and animals make the woods, wetlands, and prairie their home through exploration, games, and crafts.  Ages 6 – 8. COST: $30 Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov

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Dads at Work

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS The role fathers play in the animal kingdom varies greatly among species. Enjoy an informative program followed by a short hike to look for “dads at work.”   COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov

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Ecosystem Explorer Camp

June 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - June 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Discover adventure in three diverse habitats through this activity packed day camp.  Ages 9 – 11. COST: $30 Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov  

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Frogs!

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Did you know frogs can be identified by their croak? We’ll search for and learn to identify the frogs that call Crabtree home. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.   COST: FREE

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Pond Scum

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Don’t call it scum! This dark, smelly, slimy material is teeming with life. Come look at what is lurking around and in the waters of our wetlands. Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for wet and muddy conditions. COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov

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Wild Ranger Day Camp

June 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am - June 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Try out telemetry, survey pond life, care for animals, cut down trees and much more. Ages 12 – 14. COST: $30   Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov

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Light up the Night with Fireflies!

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Join a naturalist for an evening hike to look for fireflies as they light up the night.   REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.   COST: FREE

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Smartphone Snapshots

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Learn tips and tricks to enhance nature photos captured with your smartphone.   COST: FREE

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July 2019

Habitat Hike

Habitat Hike CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Join us for a 1.5-mile hike to experience and observe all six of Crabtree’s habitats: prairie, savanna, woodland, marsh, pond and lake. Bring water, a hat, and your favorite mosquito repellent. COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Gone Fishin’ Day Camp

July 10, 2019 @ 9:30 am - July 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Gone Fishin’ Day Camp CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS The first day will be spent investigating fish. On the second day, we will go fishing at a local lake. Ages 7 – 12. COST: $20 Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Twilight Canoe Trip

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Explore a local lake at Crabtree Nature Center in a canoe at twilight.  Ages 18 & up. Limited space. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.   COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Wonder of Salamanders

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Learn why salamanders are important, what we can do to help, and what species are found in Cook County. Ages 12 & up. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.   COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Navigation Quest

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Test your navigation skills and animal trivia to complete an all-ages self-guided course to earn a prize and bragging rights as a nature sleuth. COST: FREE   Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Simple Summer Fun

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Join us on select Thursday afternoons in July and Aug for a family-friendly drop-in program featuring art, exploration, nature play or games. Activities will take place near the building. COST: FREE   Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Bats!

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Learn about these mysterious creatures, then look for them in the dark. Program begins in the Exhibit Building, and then view the bats foraging in the skies above. Bring your favorite mosquito repellent. Remember: we need bugs to see bats. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.   COST: FREE Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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Wild Edibles

CRABTREE NATURE CENTER, BARRINGTON HILLS Many native plants have edible parts or medicinal uses. Take a hike and learn how to add some of these plants to gardens and dinner plates! Bring water, a hat, and your favorite mosquito repellent. COST: FREE   Event Contact 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Location Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010

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September 2019

Art In Nature Event at Crabtree Nature Center

Free

Crabtree Nature Center invites the public to the annual Art in Nature: Color the Preserves event, hosted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3 Stover Rd in Barrington Hills on Sunday, Sept. 15. “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,” explains Jeff Rapp, director of Crabtree Nature Center. Throughout the event,…

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December 2019

Crabtree Nature Center – “Winter Homes”

Where do animals go during winter? Learn about winter homes of animals, then go outside to build a shelter. 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Free

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Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

A special program for little naturalists. Children ages 2-6 w/adult. Tickets available first come, first served starting at 9:30 am. Weather permitting, a portion of the program will be spent out outside. 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Free

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Where Did the Cold-Blooded Creatures Go?

Learn about strategies that native reptiles and amphibians use to survive Chicago winters. Indoor presentation, then a short outdoor hike. 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov Free

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Evening Owl Hike

A talk about these nocturnal hunters. Afterwards, look and listen for these unique predators on a .5-mile hike. Portions of trail may be uneven. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Creative Invasives

DESCRIPTION: Help open the woodlands by removing buckthorn, then create a gift using this woody invasive. Ages 16 & up. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Wee Wanderer Wednesdays

A special program for little naturalists. Children ages 2-6 w/adult. Tickets available first come, first served starting at 9:30 am. Weather permitting, a portion of the program will be spent out outside. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Evening Owl Hike

A talk about these nocturnal hunters. Afterward look and listen for these unique predators on a .5-mile hike. Portions of trail may be uneven. REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Winter Solstice

Celebrate the return of the light on the shortest day of the year. Enjoy cocoa and warm yourself around the fire while learning the science and mythology surrounding this seasonal celebration.  CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Secret Sea

See fossils from ancient sea creatures who lived in the Chicago Region 400 million years ago. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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January 2020

Survival Hike – Crabtree Nature Center

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Wee Wanderer Wednesdays – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  Children ages 2-6 w/adult. Tickets available first come, first served starting at 9:30 am. Weather permitting, a portion of the program will be spent out outside.

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Wolf Moon Hike – Crabtree Nature Center

Hike a trail under the January full moon. Portions of trail may be uneven.  Hike length will be either 1.4 or 2 miles, depending upon weather and trail conditions. Dress for the weather. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.   Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information. 

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Goliath Glaciers – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  Learn how goliath-sized glaciers squashed the Chicago Region creating the topography we see today.

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Branching Out – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  Learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify winter trees and become a twig detective during this hands-on, indoor program.

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“Coyote” Creature Feature at Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  Learn about this misunderstood predator. 

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Wee Wanderer Wednesdays – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  Children ages 2-6 w/adult. Tickets available first come, first served starting at 9:30 am. Weather permitting, a portion of the program will be spent out outside.

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Stars & S’mores – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  View the constellations and hear their mythical tales while enjoying a treat around the campfire. Dress for the weather. REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.

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Owl Investigations – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  Learn about owls and their amazing adaptations while dissecting an owl pellet and making an owl craft.

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February 2020

Stalking the Sleeping Groundhog – Crabtree Nature Center

Visit Crabtree-Nature-Center/events for details and registration information.  It’s Groundhog Day! Learn to identify the clues this critter leaves behind and the tracks of other local wildlife.

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July 2020

Pond Dip Discoveries-Free

Discover what tiny critters are living in the pond yourself in this hands-on science program perfect for adults and curious kids. Each participating individual or household will get their own pond sample and tools to explore. Ages 7 & up. Program will be held outdoors and is weather dependent, bring water. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592.

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August 2020

Wetland Walk

DESCRIPTION: Crabtree has several different wetland habitats to explore. Let’s see who we can spot as we visit a few of them. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592. COST: Free

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Catching Dragons!

  They may not breathe fire, but they lived with dinosaurs!  Learn about dragonflies and damselflies as we catch and release. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Hummers Galore

DESCRIPTION: Learn about our smallest native migrant bird, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird on this short guided walk (under 1 mile). All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

DESCRIPTION: Drop in for this independent exploration of the trails while learning about the not-often-seen side of Crabtree. Start at the Welcome Tent to pick up materials. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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Magic Cicadas

DESCRIPTION: Discover the magic behind the lives of Magicicada septendecim, a cicada that appears every 17 years, and meet the annual variety. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED: crabcraCall Crabtree at 847-381-6592. CONTACT: 847-381-6592 Crabtree.NatureCenter@cookcountyil.gov COST: Free

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September 2020

Barrington Area Bird Hikes

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Barrington Area Bird Hikes

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Barrington Area Bird Hikes

Registration required: Please contact Hilary Lane (312) 450-8206 or hlane@paulsonoffice.com with the walk date you are registering for, your name, email address & best contact number Before you head out, please be sure to check the Citizens for Conservation website for any last minute changes or cancellations.

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