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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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Flashes of Color: Dragonflies, Butterflies and More in Your Yard

The Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club invites you to join their April meeting for this informative program.

Dragonfly 1Janet Hawgen has spent years photographing and documenting the beautiful but small winged creatures that populate our yards and parks. She will share some of her great photography as well as the natural history of these important and colorful creatures that bring added life to a healthy garden. Many improve our comfort and health by devouring pests (mosquitoes). Others add to the beauty of our environment by both their dazzling colors and by pollinating our plants.

Day and Time: April 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd in Long Grove.

Blue butterflyGuests are always welcome.

Contact Kathy Michas at 847-487-6985 or kathymichas33@gmail.com if you have any questions.







Welcome the Birds Back to Long Grove

Scarlet TanagerReed-Turner Woodland is a favorite stopover point for many species of birds migrating north to their nesting grounds. And, of course, it is the summer home of dozens of species. Early May is the best time to spot both our local residents and those travelers.

Join Kathy Michas on a guided family bird walk at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. [Yes, the birds are awake and most active early in the day…after all, the early bird gets the worm.] Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. This is an event for anyone interested in learning about the birds in our area.

There is no fee for this event but registration is required as there is a limit to the size of the group. Call 847-438-4743 or email syoung@lgparks.org to register (be sure to include the number in your party if you register by email).

Meet at Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove.

Start time: 7:00 a.m., May 6.Oriole







Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club’s Plant Sale is MUCH MORE

4 Great Opportunities in 1: Plants, Art, Garden Decor, and Gardening Books!

Mark your calendar for May 20 and 21

2 Serious buyers picking their favoritesIt’s not too early to start thinking of spring gardening. May brings with it a plethora of plant sales, but this one stands out. This year shoppers can take advantage of four distinct garden-related offerings.

  • Foremost are the hundreds of perennial plants grown in members’ gardens. These are tried and true performers for our local soil and climate. Also available will be varieties of milkweed, an essential plant for the survival of the monarch butterfly (and an attraction for other butterflies as well). For your palate, choose from heirloom tomato varieties. All plants are at bargain prices.
    4 Botanic artists poster sample
  • A longtime partner group, the Reed-Turner Botanic Artists, will have wonderful originals, prints, cards and more. All feature botanical themes. The members of this group have won numerous awards and are regularly featured in regional exhibits. These works will brighten your home year round and all are priced reasonably.  This specialized art makes great gifts for your favorite gardener (and for yourself).
  • Every garden needs more than just plants. 3 Young gardenerGarden decor, whether to place in the actual garden or to display on walls of garden sheds or patios, helps to focus attention and can set apart different garden beds or borders. The Club will have a variety of items that may be just perfect for your outdoor spaces. All of these items are offered at very affordable prices ($15 or less).
  • New this year is a gardening book sale. Members have donated new, gently used, and some well-thumbed historic volumes. There are offerings for everyone from the beginning gardener to in-depth specialty volumes on specific plant families. These books will help brighten up your green thumb.Garden books (2)

Come out and see for yourself. The event is at the Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd in Long Grove. Dates are May 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and May 21 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is indoors and will be held rain or shine. For additional information, contact Kathy at 847-487-6985 or kathymichas33@gmail.com.


Winter and Spring 2017 Recreation and Educational Programs

Note: Indoor soccer updated on February 21 & Family Book Club added for March.  Check it out.

Looking for things for your kids to do after school? Want a little exercise – for body or mind?

Need to brush up on your tennis game…in the warmth of an indoor court?Youth Basketball Practice

Want some quality time together with parents and kids?chees-boy-playing

Then take a look at oYouth Hockey Drillur list of activities and programs for children, teens, and adults. Programs are scheduled for after school and evenings, weekends and weekdays.

Activities include popular sports and recreation activities (i.e. Ice Skating, Hockey, Tennis, T-Ball, Fencing, Soccer and more) and educational programs (Science Made Fun, Safe Sitter Babysitting, Chess, Family Book Club).

Click on the link below to view and download the full schedule and registration form.

Icon to download winter-spring programs.

PLEASE: Don’t wait until the last minute to register.  All programs have minimum and maximum sizes. We must cancel a program if it does not have the minimum number of registrants, so to avoid disappointment for you and your children, we ask that you register well in advance.



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.