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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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SPRING Programs for Youth and Adults

2018 Program Guide

Winter may linger a bit but Spring is definitely “March”ing in.   To keep your children both mentally and physically active during this transitional season, enroll them in some of the fun and educational programs available through the Long Grove Park District.  And, don’t forget yourself – checkout the family and adult offerings as well.

New programs are starting the first two weeks of April – After School Yoga, Fencing, Chess, Engineering for Kids, Tot Rock/Kid Rock, Soccer and Family Book Club.

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.

Youth Hockey Drill

Activities include Ice Skating, Hockey, Tennis, Fencing, Yoga and educational programs including  Chess, Engineering for Kids and Family Book Club.

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.



Rock’n’Kids Comes HOME


New session starts APRIL 11.

Kid Rock is a music and movement program for children ages 2-5.  Activities include songs and rhymes, use of rhythm instruments and props, imaginative play, and practice on fine and gross motor skills.

There are separate morning sessions for ages 2-3 and 3-5 year olds.

This session’s theme is Welcome to Our Home!  Each week explores a different area of home with fun, music, and exciting movement activities.  Children love the creativity and energy of these programs and parents love the educational and sensory components.

During these classes, the kids will encounter hand bells, parachute play, maracas, scarves, tambourines, ribbons, bubbles, rhythm sticks, balls, clackers, bean bags, and more.

Each of these sessions will be the highlight of the week for your child.

Sessions are: Kid Rock I (2 & 3 yrs with parent) and Kid Rock II (3-5 yrs without parent)
Code          Age         Day   Weeks      Dates                    Time                 Fee
S18-KR1     2-3 yrs    Wed       8          04/11-05/30       10:15-10:55 am      $67.50
S18-KR2     3-5 yrs    Wed       8          04/11-05/30       11:00-11:40 am      $67.50

Click HERE for registration form or (or call 847-438-4743)


Family Book Club- Wishes Do Come True

The next Family Book Club meeting is on April 11.  

This meeting’s book is “The Wish Tree” by Katherine Applegate.  The warm, funny and important book is written from a red oak tree’s point of view. Red (for those interested, the scientific name is Quercus rubra, but that is just not as catchy a name as “Red”) becomes a wish tree where wishes are placed by hopeful people. When a new family moves into the neighborhood, not everyone is welcoming or happy. Red decides to break a rule and tell a story that might be of some help to this new family. The book has it all – friendship, acceptance, wisdom, and a good plot.

Join leaders Michelle Schumer and Beth McCullough and other Club participants on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:15 p.m. for fun activities related to this book. Make sure you read this book with your family before you come to our fun and interactive club.  This is a family event – a parent must accompany the children.

If you had one wish to tie on Red, what would it be? Bring your idea to our club.

Click HERE to register or call 847-438-4743.

Use this information to register:
Code             Grades           Day              Date             Time
S18-FBC      K thru 5th     Wednesday     April 11        6:15-7:45 pm

Fee: $8 per person

Location: Reed Turner Woodland Nature Center Building, 3849 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove.

Book Club Leaders: Michelle Schumer and Beth McCullough have decades of experience as librarians at Kildeer-Countryside school district.  They have been developing and leading book programs for many years.


Landscaping at Home with Native Plants

The Long Grove – Kildeer Garden Club presents “Landscaping at Home with Native Plants”, by Meredith Tucker of Citizens for Conservation.

Natives make sense because they grew up here in Illinois.  From our soils to our weather, plants native to Illinois and the Midwest are more tolerant of our seasonal conditions.  Since they evolved in our clay soils and unpredictable weather, they grow vigorously and are more apt to fight off disease, pests, and fungal pathogens.  Additionally, you may not have to use fertilizers, insecticides or fungicides because these plants possess natural immunity.  You probably need to water them less frequently or not at all.  It’s a win-win situation for them, for you, and for your garden.

Guests are always welcome.

When: Monday,March 12, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove

More Information: Kathy Michas at kathymichas33@gmail.com or call 847-487-6985



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.


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.


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