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 , the Historical Society website or the Park District website 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.

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The Long Grove Park District will share updates via email, our website  and our Facebook Page  You may also contact us at 847-438-4743 or