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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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WINTER & SPRING Programs for Youth and Adults

2018 Program Guide

UPDATE:  The next Family Book Club Event is now available for registration.  The book to read and enjoy is “The Magic Misfits” by Neil Patrick Harris.  The event is Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:15 PM.  See details in the program listings.


Yes, winter is here- and getting out doors is a bit more challenging.  To keep your children active, both mentally and physically, enroll them in some of the fun and educational programs available through the Long Grove Park District.

Check out our list of activities and programs for children, teens and adults.  Opportunities include short and long term programs.  Many have flexibility in scheduling to meet your needs and family vacation schedule.

All of the programs are open to individuals from any area town.  Fees are the same for Long Grove residents and non-residents.

The goal of each of the offerings is to combine self-improvement and fun – a winning mix you and your children will enjoy and learn from.  These programs will keep participants engaged and active throughout the winter and into spring.

Youth Hockey Drill

Activities include Ice Skating, Hockey, Tennis, Fencing, Yoga and educational programs including Safe Sitter Babysitting, Chess, and Family Book Club.

New programs include Tot Rock and Kid Rock.  Engineering for Kids debuted in the Fall and was a sell out.  It is back with new projects so sign up early to avoid being closed out.

Registration information is included in the program guide.

Chessboard with player's hand

 

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.

 


 

Let it SNOW!

Just a reminder – the Reed-Turner Woodland is open 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk.

When it snows, don’t let that stop you – strap on your snowshoes or cross country skis and enjoy the peace and beauty of the woodland.

Do be sure to stay on the trails.

Note: the trails are not groomed, so you may be the “trailblazer”.

As always, use common sense.

Dress for the weather.

Stay out of the woodland during high winds. 

Visitors- whether hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing do so at their own risk.

No motorized vehicles or pets are allowed in the woodland.


 

Santa Visits Reed-Turner so Bring the Family

Santa  Schedules a Visit – Get Your Wish List Ready!

Santa with young boy and momOnce 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 10, 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:

  • 1. Your Christmas wish list (typically younger visitors bring a list but we have seen Grandma and Grandpa sneak in with their own).
  • 2. A new unwrapped toy to help some needy children have a happy Christmas morning.
  • 3. 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.


 

Wetlands- a Vital Part of Your Life

The Importance of Our Wetlands

 The Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club invites you to join them  Monday, November 13 for a presentation by Jacob Jozefowski of the Lake County Storm Water Management Commission to learn about the importance of our wetlands in Lake Country.

Sandhill cranes in marsh

Wetlands were once a dominant feature of the Illinois landscape and played a large role in reducing flooding, recharging groundwater supplies, filtering pollutants and nutrients, and providing highly productive habitats for plants and animals. We need to clean up our wetlands.  We need to re-establish habitat corridors and reintroduce native species into wetlands.

We need to do this for your environment, for the safety of your homes, and for your health. Come to the meeting and learn how YOU CAN HELP DO THIS.

Guests are always welcome.

 

WHEN: Monday November 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE Reed Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove

QUESTIONS?  Contact  kathymichas33@gmail.com or call 847-487-6985.

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Autumn Twilight- Meet Some Animals Whooo Fly at Night

Come visit with live birds of the night.

Learn about their unique adaptations that make them highly effective night time predators. After the presentation, you may choose to take a guided walk through the Reed-Turner Woodland and experience this wild preserve as the nocturnal animals do. Watch and listen for the signs of life after dark. Come back to the Nature Center for a campfire and snacks.

This is a family event for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather and bring flashlights.

In the event of inclement weather the presentation will be indoors, but the walk and campfire will be cancelled.

DATE: Saturday, October 7 starting at 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove

FEE: $5/person. Capacity limit is 30 participants.

Advance registration is required. Click HERE for REGISTRATION FORM

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Teasel – Learn about it. Control it.

Young seed head of teasel

  —->>>>TIME CHANGE: Now at 1:00 p.m. <<<<—–

Back by Popular Demand: Another Teasel Workshop

If you missed the earlier event, you still have a chance to learn more about teasel. 

Teasel : LEARN HOW TO CONTROL IT

What you need to know. Why you need to know it.

Teasel is one of the top invasive threats to the Long Grove natural environment- and it is definitely the greatest visual blight on our landscape.

Join us to find out what you can do to control this obnoxious plant “bully” – how to get rid of it and how to keep it from coming back.

Come to our Teasel Workshop, a joint effort of the Village Board and the Long Grove Park District.

When: Saturday, September 9

Time: CHANGED TO 1:00 p.m.

Where: Long Grove Village Hall

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Bring Your Sketch Pad and Capture the Beauty of the Woodland

The Reed-Turner Botanic Artists invite anyone with an interest in sketching, drawing, or painting to a Botanic Sketching Afternoon at the Woodland.  The event is open to all. Families are invited.

Lyndsay Muphree (left) will be one of the instructors. She and fellow articst Kim Hee Young are holding Lyndsay’s finished work of a Bat Flower.

Members of the Botanic Arts Circle will help participants select and sketch examples of the Woodland’s beauty.  These artists have years of experience in creating exquisite works of botanic art that focus on the beauty and details of individual plants.  They will share their expertise with you, providing tips on how to approach the development of a botanic sketch along with suggestions on techniques.  This is an opportunity for individuals at any level of experience and skill in art.  Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent.

In the event of rain, the event will be held inside the Reed-Turner Nature Center.

There is no fee for this opportunity to explore the beauty and challenges of botanic art.

The event will be on Saturday, June 10, from 1-3 p.m. at the Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry Rd in Long Grove.  For further information, contact Lyndsay Murphree at Lyndsay.murphree@gmail.com.

Capacity is limited so advance registration is required.  To register, simply email syoung@lgparks.org with your name, phone number and the number of individuals in your group.

Bring your sketch pad and enjoy this artistic experience of nature.

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