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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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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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Fall Programs for Youth and Adults

Additional Family Book Club scheduled for October 16. See program schedule.

We are offering sports programs, after school programs including chess and yoga, family book club and more.

New programs include Engineering for Kids, Kids Fun & Fit, and a women’s self-defense class.

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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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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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Take a Garden Walk and Enjoy the Beautiful Sights of Summer

Sorry, but you missed the 2017 walk.  Stay tuned for information about the 2018 walk, scheduled for JUNE 22, 2018

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk

On Friday, June 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Join us to visit 4 stunning private gardens in the area.  The four distinct gardens each provide a different perspective on the wonders of our landscape and the creativity of the owners.

You will meet at Reed-Turner Woodland, 3849 Old McHenry Rd. in Long Grove for maps to the gardens.  After enjoying the gardens at your own pace, return to Reed-Turner for a box luncheon catered by Sunset Foods. Fee is $25.00/person

This event is a perennial (no pun intended) favorite, with many guests returning every year to see something new.

To provide lunches and for capacity limitations, RESERVATIONS by JUNE 14 are ESSENTIAL.

To make reservations, you can download and mail in the reservation form (click here) or just contact us by phone or email.

Reservations or Questions

Contact Angie at 847-478-5140, angie@aunder.com.

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Spring Wildflower Season is Here

The annual cycle of beautiful spring wildflowers is underway.

Most of the ones you will see during this season are “ephemerals”.  They emerge, grow quickly, flower, and then die back. These are mostly low growing with small but brightly colored flowers.  In many cases they take advantage of the sun’s rays before they are 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.


 

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

Sorry- You Missed it.  We’ll be back with more plants and art in 2018.  Look for us the weekend  AFTER Mother’s Day (or May 19-20 to be exact).

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.
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  • 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.