Welcome to the LGPD Website

The Long Grove Park District seeks to enhance and preserve the quality of life and the environment by protecting our natural lands and by  providing recreational opportunities for the benefit of area residents. The Long Grove Park District is an independent, non-taxing local government organization that is led by unpaid volunteers.  We are heavily dependent upon gifts, grants and our dedicated volunteers.



Welcome to the Long Grove Park District website

Please note that photos and video footage are periodically taken of people participating in a Park District program or activity, attending a class or event, or using District facilities or property.  Please be aware that by registering for a program or class, participating in an activity, attending an event, or using District facilities or property, you authorize the District to use these photos and video footage for promotional purposes in District publications, advertising, marketing materials, brochures, event flyers, social media (including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites operated by the District), and the District’s website without additional prior notice or permission and without any compensation to you.  All photos and videos are property of the District.

Winter/Spring 2021 Programs for Children, Teens and Adults

Looking for activities for your children or yourself this winter & spring? Check out the virtual programs and other activities available through the Long Grove Park District.  More programs will be added as restrictions are lifted. 

See our list of virtual and in-person programs for children, teens, and adults; nature and history programs, Young Rembrandts drawing class, sports programs and more.

All 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 school year.

Click the icon below to Download the Program Brochure

Barbara Reed Turner Passed Away

April 9, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we write today to inform you that earlier this morning Barbara Reed Turner passed away peacefully at her home here in Long Grove.

Barbara has been a resident of our village since her youth and will be remembered as a cherished friend, leader, and role model in our community. She was well known to a generation of students as the librarian at Kildeer Countryside School, and was one of the founders of the Long Grove Historical Society, serving as curator and co-authoring a book about our local history. 

Most notably, Barbara will be remembered for her legacy in conservation of our open spaces in Long Grove, and the donation of the 36-acre Reed-Turner Woodland to the public as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Her stewardship of this property and her preservation efforts throughout Lake County distinguished Barbara for many honors and serve as an inspiration to us all. The Village of Long Grove, the Long Grove Historical Society and the Long Grove Park District offer our gratitude for Barbara’s lifetime of service to the community, and our heartfelt condolences to the Reed-Turner family. 

At the May 28, 2019 Village Board Meeting, President Bill Jacob and the Village Board proclaimed the month of June as Barbara Turner Month in honor of her 100th birthday and in recognition of her many contributions to the community.

A memorial gathering will be held in the months ahead. Please check the Village website http://longgroveil.gov , the Historical Society website http://LongGroveHistory.org or the Park District website http://lgparks.org where further details will be posted when arrangements have been announced.    

Program Cancellations

All Long Grove Park District programs are postponed through May 30. The Reed-Turner Nature Center building is also closed for programs, meetings and all other events through May 30. 

We are making these changes in line with the State of Illinois “Stay at Home” order. We will provide information about rescheduling missed program sessions or providing refunds as soon as we are able to do so.

The walking paths in our parks are open. Please practice social distancing while enjoying the paths.

You may find more info about the COVID-19 Coronavirus at  www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus  

You may sign up for email updates from the Lake County Health Dept at  http://bit.ly/lccovid-19  

The Long Grove Park District will share updates via email, our website  and our Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/lgparkdistrict.  You may also contact us at 847-438-4743 or  info@lgparks.org.

Teasel – Learn about it. Control it.

Young seed head of teasel

Save Long Grove from the Teasel Invasion!

Teasel is a highly invasive plant that is taking over our roadsides.  A single Teasel plant drops over 2,000 seeds, smothering and pushing out native plants that feed and protect our wildlife and beautify our Village.  The result is an ever-spreading single-crop field of Teasel, which upsets our environment, our wildlife and our visual landscape.
Early Spring is a critical time to attack it.   Teasel rosettes are not dormant in Winter, and can be treated as soon as temperatures are above freezing.  They’re easy to spot as other plants have not leafed out yet.
This is what YOU can do to help:
  1. Spray teasel rosettes with a broadleaf herbicide i.e. 2,4-D from your local home center, hardware store or garden center.  This will kill the roots.  Young rosettes can also be dug and pulled out when the soil is moist with the aid of a long dandelion wrench, but it’s important to get the entire long root out of the ground and bagged securely for disposal.
  2. Cut existing teasel stalks at ground level and bag securely for disposal since they can have seeds.  Spray the remaining stalk stump with a broadleaf herbicide, otherwise it will just re-grow.
  3. Plant native grasses or flowers after killing and removing teasel.  This will keep out the return of teasel.

Teasel Rosettes                      Teasel Stalks                             Native Grasses


Come to one of our Teasel Workshops.  We will post Teasel Workshops as they become scheduled.  The Long Grove Park District is also offering custom Teasel Workshops to neighborhoods and businesses, upon request.

For more comprehensive information on Teasel…..

…click on the teasel flower (left image) for a 1 page quick guide to teasel control.

….click on the rosette (right image) for a very comprehensive slide show on Teasel.


Don’t Miss the Spring Wildflowers at Reed-Turner Woodland

The annual cycle of beautiful spring wildflowers is underway.

The number and diversity of wildflowers at Reed-Turner is very unusual for the size of the preserve (49 acres).  This great abundance is due to a fortunate confluence of unusual topography and two generations of landowners with a love of nature (Guy & Florence Reed and their daughter Barbara Turner).  The diverse topography at Reed-Turner includes wetlands, prairie, savanna, ravines, streams, and woodlands.  Each of these habitats supports different species of flora.

Most of the wildflowers you will see during spring are “ephemerals”.  They emerge, grow quickly, flower, and then die back. They are mostly low growing with small but brightly colored flowers.  In many cases they take advantage of the sun’s rays before being shaded out by the emergence of leaves on the trees and shrubs.  Each plant is individually beautiful. Some of the species are highly abundant and form large patches of color that light up the ground.

The majority of the wildflowers you will see at Reed-Turner are native to the region.  There are a few that come from other places – some of these are tolerated, as they “behave”, fitting into the ecosystem.  Others, like garlic mustard, dame’s rocket, and multiflora rose, are “bullies” – they crowd out the natives and in general are undesirable.  Volunteers and our summer interns spend weeks pulling out and trying to control these invasives.

During the spring season we will post periodic updates on what is in bloom.  Take a walk through the Preserve and see if you can spot them all – and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the season.

Click on the image for a list of our most prominent wildflowers and the expected time of bloom.


Garden Club Holds their Annual May Plant Sale

Unique Shopping Opportunity for Plants, Botanical Art and Garden Décor

Now that spring is finally here (thank goodness), it’s time to start thinking about our gardens and landscapes.  So, mark your calendar for the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club’s annual plant sale, held at Reed Turner Nature Center.   Dates are Saturday, May 18th from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, May 19th from 10am to 2:30pm.  

Unlike retailer plant sales, this is unique in that there are hundreds of perennial plants for sale that were actually grown in the Garden Club members’ gardens.  These are tried-and-true performers for our local soil and climate.  Plants include grasses, flowers and vegetables. 

Varieties of heirloom tomato plants are always a big hit at this sale. There will also be varieties of milkweed plants.  Milkweed is the only plant that the endangered monarch butterfly will lay their eggs on.  You can help stop the decline of these beautiful creatures by planting milkweed in your garden.

The award-winning Reed-Turner Botanic Artists will be selling their botanical artwork, including originals, prints and cards.   These works of art will brighten your home all year round.

Every garden needs more than just plants.  Garden décor, whether to place in the garden or to display on walls of garden sheds or patios, brings further interest to your outdoor space.  It can also serve to set apart different garden beds or borders. The Club will have a variety of outdoor decorative items, offered at very affordable prices.

We invite you to come out and see for yourself.  The Reed-Turner Nature Center is at 3849 Old McHenry Road in Long Grove.  For additional information, email Kathy at kathymichas33@gmail.com

2 Serious buyers picking their favorites



Come and Sketch with the Reed-Turner Botanical Artists

Join us for The Reed-Turner Botanical Artists third annual Outdoor Sketching event.  Spend a morning inspired by nature in the beautiful Reed-Turner Woodland while learning about botanical art.

Our member artists will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate techniques.  Just bring your sketchbook and preferred drawing materials.

All skill levels welcome.  NO previous art making experience necessary.   It is open to all ages– so adults can come and sketch with their children.  There is no fee for this event.  In the case of inclement weather we meet inside the center.

When: Sunday, June 9, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry rd, Long Grove 60047

Questions: email reedturnerbotanicalartists@gmail.com