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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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!