Winter and Spring 2019 Programs for Children,Teens and Adults

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

See 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 school schedule.  Numerous programs are available as after school activities held at Kildeer and Country Meadows schools for your convenience.

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 wintyer and into spring.

Click the icon below to Download the Program Brochure

 


 

Santa Visits Reed-Turner so Bring the Family

Santa  Schedules a Visit – Get Your Wish List Ready!

Santa with young boy and momOnce again Santa has agreed to squeeze in a visit at the Reed-Turner Nature Center during his busy December.  He will stop by on Sunday, December 9, from 1:00 to 3:00.  We’ll have the Nature Center decorated for the season to make him feel at home and to help all of our visitors get into the holiday spirit.

Everyone is welcome to come and visit with Santa.  He encourages families to bring three things:

  • 1. Your Christmas wish list (typically younger visitors bring a list but we have seen Grandma and Grandpa sneak in with their own).
  • 2. A new unwrapped toy to help some needy children have a happy Christmas morning.
  • 3. Your camera to capture the moments with Santa and your family.

girld-checking-out-santaSome children are a bit nervous about Santa – as is the one in the photo, who is checking out Santa from a safe vantage point.  The afternoon includes a craft corner with holiday themed projects for the younger set which all enjoy and which gives some of the nervous ones a chance to relax before having a chat with Santa.  There are also snacks for kids, mom, dad, and grandparents (and sometimes even great grandparents).  This annual event is a family tradition with many of our guests.  Come and make the event and the pictures you take one of your favorite memories of the Christmas season.

There is no charge for the event, courtesy of the Long Grove Park District.

Santa will be at the Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd. in Long Grove.  We hope to see you there.  No reservations are necessary.  Contact the Long Grove Park District at 847-438-4743 if you have any questions.


 

Teasel – Learn about it. Control it.

Young seed head of teasel

Sorry,you missed our workshops for the year.  However, see the links below for a 2 page summary of teasel control and the slides used at the workshops.

Teasel is a major challenge- dealing with it requires participation of the entire community. So…take a few minutes to learn about it and then DO SOMETHING to help.

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: TBD

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 on the teasel flower (left image) for a 2 page quick guide to teasel control.

                            And click on the rosette (right image) for the slides used at our workshops 

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Lee Bassett – A Loss to the Park District and the Community

Lee Bassett, past President of the 
Long Grove Park District with
current president, Jane Wittig.

Lee Bassett passed away July 17th at age 88, after a short illness. Lee was a tireless public servant and dedicated much of his time and energy to the betterment of our village. Serving as President of the Long Grove Park District for many years, Lee made many contributions as a local environmentalist. In addition, Lee served on the Historical Society Board for many years and touched the lives of countless local students as a docent at the Ruth Barn.

 Lee was a friend to all, a kind voice of reason, a tireless worker, and a mentor to many.  He made the lives of everyone he touched better.  The Park District, the Historical Society and the entire Long Grove community have lost a beloved friend, a respected community leader and volunteer. 

 At the family’s request, the Park District and Historical Society are hosting an informal gathering of Lee’s friends to share fond remembrances. The open house is at Reed-Turner Nature Center, Wednesday, July 25th from 1 – 4 p.m.

 Lee will certainly be missed by all those that he touched during his years in Long Grove, and our sincere sympathies to his wife, Takako and family.


 

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.