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.


 

Daffodil Time

George Dorner, Master Gardener and daffodil expert, will expand your view of the Narcissus genus with his presentation “So Much More then Just Daffodils”.  There are hundreds of varieties and George has probably planted almost all of them.

Join the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club for its April meeting. Guests are always welcome.

Daffodil in profile

When: Monday, April 9, 9:30 a.m.

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

For more information, contact Kathy Michas at kathymichas33@gmail.com


 

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.


 

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.

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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

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Bring Your Sketch Pad and Capture the Beauty of the Woodland

The Reed-Turner Botanic Artists invite anyone with an interest in sketching, drawing, or painting to a Botanic Sketching Afternoon at the Woodland.  The event is open to all. Families are invited.

Lyndsay Muphree (left) will be one of the instructors. She and fellow articst Kim Hee Young are holding Lyndsay’s finished work of a Bat Flower.

Members of the Botanic Arts Circle will help participants select and sketch examples of the Woodland’s beauty.  These artists have years of experience in creating exquisite works of botanic art that focus on the beauty and details of individual plants.  They will share their expertise with you, providing tips on how to approach the development of a botanic sketch along with suggestions on techniques.  This is an opportunity for individuals at any level of experience and skill in art.  Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent.

In the event of rain, the event will be held inside the Reed-Turner Nature Center.

There is no fee for this opportunity to explore the beauty and challenges of botanic art.

The event will be on Saturday, June 10, from 1-3 p.m. at the Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve, 3849 Old McHenry Rd in Long Grove.  For further information, contact Lyndsay Murphree at Lyndsay.murphree@gmail.com.

Capacity is limited so advance registration is required.  To register, simply email syoung@lgparks.org with your name, phone number and the number of individuals in your group.

Bring your sketch pad and enjoy this artistic experience of nature.

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Take a Garden Walk and Enjoy the Beautiful Sights of Summer

Sorry, but you missed the 2017 walk.  Stay tuned for information about the 2018 walk, scheduled for JUNE 22, 2018

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club’s annual Garden Walk

On Friday, June 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Join us to visit 4 stunning private gardens in the area.  The four distinct gardens each provide a different perspective on the wonders of our landscape and the creativity of the owners.

You will meet at Reed-Turner Woodland, 3849 Old McHenry Rd. in Long Grove for maps to the gardens.  After enjoying the gardens at your own pace, return to Reed-Turner for a box luncheon catered by Sunset Foods. Fee is $25.00/person

This event is a perennial (no pun intended) favorite, with many guests returning every year to see something new.

To provide lunches and for capacity limitations, RESERVATIONS by JUNE 14 are ESSENTIAL.

To make reservations, you can download and mail in the reservation form (click here) or just contact us by phone or email.

Reservations or Questions

Contact Angie at 847-478-5140, angie@aunder.com.

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