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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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Rock’n’Kids now on FRIDAY mornings

 

New session starts FRIDAY, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. 

Contact Stephanie at 847-438-4743 or SYOUNG@LGparks.org to register.

Rock’n’Kids is a music and movement program for children ages 1-5.  Activities include songs and rhymes, use of rhythm instruments and props, imaginative play, and practice on fine and gross motor skills.

This session’s theme is Hop on the Bus!  Each week explores (virtually) all around town 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 such “instruments” as 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.

Meeting Times:

There will be 6 sessions in this program, starting June 15, running through July 27, with no meeting on July 6

Fee is $50

Parent or other adult must be present for the younger children.  Call for details.

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


 

Summer 2018 Programs for Children,Teens and Adults

Looking for some stimulating activities for your children or yourself this summer?  Check out the sports and other activities available through the Long Grove Park District.

Check out our extensive 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 summer.

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Come and Sketch with the Reed-Turner Botanical Artists

Join us for The Reed-Turner Botanical Artists second 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.  Open to everyone ages 18 and up.  There is no fee for this event.

When: Sunday, June 3, 10:30 – 12:30

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

Questions: email reedturnerbotanicalartists@gmail.com


 

Spring Wildflower Season is Here

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.


 

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club’s Plant Sale – Great Opportunity for Garden and Home

Multiple Opportunities in 1 Stop: Plants, Art, Garden Decor, and Gardening Supplies!

SORRY – You missed us this year.  The sale is over.

Mark your calendar for the Saturday and Sunday after Mother’s Day 2019- that will be May 18 and 19.  Check this web site for details.

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 multiple  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. For your palate, choose from heirloom tomato varieties – tomatoes with real tomatoe taste! All plants are at bargain prices.
  • 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. Garden 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.
  • New this year – we will be offering some gardening tools and esupplies.  These will be new or gently used, very servicable items that are essential for gardeners.  Examples include gloves, trowels, heavy-duty tomato cages, and decorative pots along with some gardening books.

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 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and May 20, 10 a.m. to 2 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.


 

Teasel – Learn about it. Control it.

Young seed head of teasel

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 one of our Teasel Workshops, a joint effort of the Village Board and the Long Grove Park District.

 

When: Saturday, May 12, 1:00 pm  OR Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm

Where: Long Grove Village Hall

If you are unable to attend but want information on how you can help improve the environment and your view as drive Long Grove roads, click HERE for a guide to teasel control.

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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.