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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Spring Wildflower Season is Here

The annual cycle of beautiful spring wildflowers is underway.

Most of the ones you will see during this season are “ephemerals”.  They emerge, grow quickly, flower, and then die back. These are mostly low growing with small but brightly colored flowers.  In many cases they take advantage of the sun’s rays before they are 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.


 

Flashes of Color: Dragonflies, Butterflies and More in Your Yard

The Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club invites you to join their April meeting for this informative program.

Dragonfly 1Janet Hawgen has spent years photographing and documenting the beautiful but small winged creatures that populate our yards and parks. She will share some of her great photography as well as the natural history of these important and colorful creatures that bring added life to a healthy garden. Many improve our comfort and health by devouring pests (mosquitoes). Others add to the beauty of our environment by both their dazzling colors and by pollinating our plants.

Day and Time: April 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd in Long Grove.

Blue butterflyGuests are always welcome.

Contact Kathy Michas at 847-487-6985 or kathymichas33@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Welcome the Birds Back to Long Grove

Scarlet TanagerReed-Turner Woodland is a favorite stopover point for many species of birds migrating north to their nesting grounds. And, of course, it is the summer home of dozens of species. Early May is the best time to spot both the travelers and our local residents.

Join Kathy Michas on a guided family bird walk at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. [Yes, the birds are awake and most active early in the day…after all, the early bird gets the worm.] Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. This is an event for anyone interested in learning about the birds in our area.

There is no fee for this event but registration is required as there is a limit to the size of the group. Call 847-438-4743 or email syoung@lgparks.org to register (be sure to include the number in your party if you register by email).

Meet at Reed-Turner Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove.

Start time: 7:00 a.m., May 6.Oriole

How many birds are there to see?  In spring, an experienced birder would see 25-40 species.  Novices in a noisy group will see fewer.  Click on the image of the Baltimore Oriole (to the left) for a list of birds typically seen at Reed-Turner in the spring- and keep coming back until you have seen them all!

 

 

 

 


 

Teasel Time – Take a Look Around Your Neighborhood

 WANTED

Dead or Alive

TEASEL

Teasel stalks in flower

 

Teasel flower- close upIf you do not have yard waste pickup service, then Deposit (in paper Yard Waste Bags) in Dumpster at Village Water Works (South of Sunset)

 Teasel along road

 

For more information on teasel click HERE.

Look around your neighborhood in sunny areas, especially those near roadsides or disturbed areas.  July is “prime time” to see this year’s invasive teasel crop bolt in size from a foot high leafy structure to its 6 ft tall stalk with the characteristic round flower head that will turn into a bristle-covered seed head. Stopping the spread of teasel means removing this flower or seed head before the seed is dropped.  Click the link above to learn how to do it.