Summer 2020 Programs for Children, Teens and Adults

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

See our extensive list of virtual and in-person programs for children, teens, and adults; nature programs for adults, sports programs, music/theater program, Tot Rock/Kid Rock and more.

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 school year.

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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.

You may find more info about the COVID-19 Coronavirus at  

You may sign up for email updates from the Lake County Health Dept at  

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

New Pollinator Garden at Buffalo Creek Park in downtown Long Grove

Create your own pollinator garden using the combination of plants shown in these photos. And, be sure to visit the garden to see what’s in bloom.

If you enter the park at the arbor on Old McHenry Road and follow the path to the right, you will find this beautiful new garden. It’s on a sunny and scenic high point, overlooking trees, grassy fields and a creek.

This garden will provide food and habitat for our pollinators. Plants here will encourage birds, bees and butterflies to visit. We have chosen plants so that something is in bloom from spring to fall.

Santa visits Reed-Turner Nature Center on December 8th, so bring the family.

Take photos with Santa  ❅  Refreshments  ❅  Crafts for the kids


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 8, 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 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.  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

Save Long Grove from the Teasel Invasion!

Teasel is a highly invasive plant that is taking over our roadsides.  A single Teasel plant drops over 2,000 seeds, smothering and pushing out native plants that feed and protect our wildlife and beautify our Village.  The result is an ever-spreading single-crop field of Teasel, which upsets our environment, our wildlife and our visual landscape.
Early Spring is a critical time to attack it.   Teasel rosettes are not dormant in Winter, and can be treated as soon as temperatures are above freezing.  They’re easy to spot as other plants have not leafed out yet.
This is what YOU can do to help:
  1. Spray teasel rosettes with a broadleaf herbicide i.e. 2,4-D from your local home center, hardware store or garden center.  This will kill the roots.  Young rosettes can also be dug and pulled out when the soil is moist with the aid of a long dandelion wrench, but it’s important to get the entire long root out of the ground and bagged securely for disposal.
  2. Cut existing teasel stalks at ground level and bag securely for disposal since they can have seeds.  Spray the remaining stalk stump with a broadleaf herbicide, otherwise it will just re-grow.
  3. Plant native grasses or flowers after killing and removing teasel.  This will keep out the return of teasel.

Teasel Rosettes                      Teasel Stalks                             Native Grasses


Come to one of our Teasel Workshops.  We will post Teasel Workshops as they become scheduled.  The Long Grove Park District is also offering custom Teasel Workshops to neighborhoods and businesses, upon request.

For more comprehensive information on Teasel…..

…click on the teasel flower (left image) for a 1 page quick guide to teasel control.

….click on the rosette (right image) for a very comprehensive slide show on Teasel.