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The Long Grove Park District seeks to enhance and preserve the quality of life and the environment and to acquire and protect our natural lands for the benefit of our present and future residents.

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Santa Visits Reed-Turner so Bring the Family

Santa  Schedules a Visit – Get Your Wish List Ready!

Shy girl with Santa (2)Once again Santa has agreed to squeeze in a visit at the Reed-Turner Nature Center during his busy December.  He will stop by on Sunday, December 4, from 1:00 to 3:00.  We’ll have the Nature Center decorated for the season to make him feel at home and to help all of our visitors get into the holiday spirit.

Everyone is welcome to come and visit with Santa.  He encourages families to bring three things:

  • Your Christmas wish list (usually this is something that younger visitors bring but we have seen Grandma and Grandpa sneak in with their own lists).
  • An unwrapped toy to help some needy children have a happy Christmas morning.
  • Your camera to capture the moments with Santa and your family.

girld-checking-out-santaSome children are a bit nervous about Santa – as is the one in the photo, who is checking out Santa from a safe vantage point.  The afternoon includes a craft corner with holiday themed projects for the younger set which all enjoy and which gives some of the nervous ones a chance to relax before having a chat with Santa.  There are also snacks for kids, mom, dad, and grandparents (and sometimes even great grandparents).  This annual event is a family tradition with many of our guests.  Come and make the event and the pictures you take one of your favorite memories of the Christmas season.

There is no charge for the event, courtesy of the Long Grove Park District.

Santa will be at the Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd. in Long Grove.  We hope to see you there.  No reservations are necessary.  Contact the Long Grove Park District at 847-438-4743 if you have any questions.


Fall Programs for Youth and Adults

Soccer Fun

Updated November 9:  Date changes for Family book club and chess. Download the updated schedule for details.

The Fall 2016 schedule of programs is now available. We are offering numerous sports programs as well as activities including chess and guitar.  Many of the programs are scheduled for after school and built around the school schedules.

New programs include a book club for  3rd to 5th graders and a family book event for parents and children from kindergarden to 5th grade.

Chessboard with player's hand

If you’ve ever thought of learning CPR – we have a program for you that provides in a single session all that you need to know to be certified in CPR.

An important note: Each of the programs requires a specific minimum number of registrants in order to be offered.  Registration for each program closes 3 days prior to the start of the program.  Programs will be cancelled unless an adequate number of registrations have been received 3 days prior to the starting date.

To view the entire schedule and to register, please click on the link below.

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Scarecrow WINNERS!

Families gathered at Reed-Turner Nature Center in early October to design and build their custom scarecrows to take home to be the centerpiece of their Halloween decorations.  The participants ranged in age from 6 months to (age graciously unstated) grandparents.  Well, we do admit that the 6-month old was just a spectator but he seemed very interested in the process and we expect him to return next year ready to join in the actual construction.

As always, the designs ranged from restrained to exuberant.


The scarecrow-building-veteran Leopoldi-Nichols family for their “Already Scared” Scarecrow

Winning scarecrow and family


…and the first-time Goetting family for “Shark Toothed Formal Look” Scarecrow+

Winning scarecrow + family image

Congratulations to the winners.  May their scarecrow protect them from “trickers” on Halloween.


OWL Prowl

A program of the Chicago Botanic Garden offered at Reed-Turner Woodland, 3849 Old McHenry Rd in Long Grove.

Presented by Steve Bailey, Ornithologist of the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Friday, Nov 11,  6:30 PM.

great-horned-owl-closeupJoin Steve Bailey for a captivating night exploring the mystery of owls at the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve. He will discuss owl behavior and identification, as well as the places these fascinating birds are most likely to be seen. He may even demonstrate his world-famous Barred Owl call. After the discussion, Steve will lead a walk in the woods to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Please dress for the weather, and bring along a flashlight and binoculars.

Pre-registration at through the Chicago Botanic Garden is required.

Fee: $49/person, 20% discount for Botanic Garden Members
Register at: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/education/adulted/calendar or call (847) 835-8261


Teasel Time – Take a Look Around Your Neighborhood


Dead or Alive


Teasel stalks in flower


Teasel flower- close upIf you do not have yard waste pickup service, then Deposit (in paper Yard Waste Bags) in Dumpster at Village Water Works (South of Sunset)

 Teasel along road


For more information on teasel click HERE.

Look around your neighborhood in sunny areas, especially those near roadsides or disturbed areas.  July is “prime time” to see this year’s invasive teasel crop bolt in size from a foot high leafy structure to its 6 ft tall stalk with the characteristic round flower head that will turn into a bristle-covered seed head. Stopping the spread of teasel means removing this flower or seed head before the seed is dropped.  Click the link above to learn how to do it.


Butterfly Garden Flourishes in its First Full Summer

Erin McDermott earned her Girl Scout Gold Bar Award in 2015 by designing and planting a butterfly garden here at Reed-Turner Woodland.  While the focus was on providing food for Monarch butterflies, the garden includes numerous flowering plants that feed many species of butterflies. Erin’s design also included the construction of two benches (one adult size and one sized for the younger set) so that visitors could sit, relax, and enjoy observing what comes to the flowers.

This is the first full year of the garden and it is flourishing.  The plants are healthy and well into their bloom cycle.

Among the plants is milkweed which is an essential element for a Monarch garden, as Monarch caterpillars only feed on the leaves of milkweed.  Milkweed, however, plays a double role.  Its flowers are a food source not only for the Monarch adults but also for hummingbirds who visit the large clusters of tiny flowers for the nectar.  If you are lucky you’ll get to see some of these incredible birds, along with a variety of butterflies.

We invite you to visit the garden, sit and observe the garden and the animals it attracts.  You reach the garden by following the short path which starts on the north side of the parking lot (the same side as the Nature Center entrance sign).

Click on the image below to see some of the flowers in bloom now (July 1) or which are just about to be in bloom in the upcoming weeks.



New Long Grove Resident to the Rescue

…The shingles were falling like leaves in a late fall rainstorm.

That was the situation last winter for the Long Grove Park District’s equipment garage at Reed-Turner Woodland. The District recognized that a new roof was essential to protect the structural integrity of the garage and its contents.  The question was how to fund the repairs.  We decided to include the garage roof as one of our “wish list” items in our annual December donation request letter to the community.

Peter Czaja

Peter Czaja

As everyone wishes, Santa actually arrived – in the form of Peter Czaja, a new resident of Long Grove.




Peter, the owner of WMRoofing and Construction in Rivergrove, called the Park District office just before Christmas and asked if we still needed a new roof.  We of course said yes.  He offered to donate one to the Park District.   Peter says “I believe in giving back to the community and this is something that I can do.”

So, on a beautiful spring day with the wildflowers in bloom, the Woodland was filled with some unusual

New roof underway.

New roof underway.

sounds of hammers and staple guns as Peter’s crew removed and replaced the garage roof with new shingles selected to both blend in with the roof of the adjacent Nature Center and to last a looong time!

With the roof done by the end of the day, Long Grove Park District President Jane Wittig was very happy as she thanks Peter for the excellent work.

Peter + Jane + Roof

Park District President thanks Peter for the great work