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.


 

Butterfly Garden Flourishes in its First Full Summer

Erin McDermott earned her Girl Scout Gold Bar Award in 2015 by designing and planting a butterfly garden here at Reed-Turner Woodland.  While the focus was on providing food for Monarch butterflies, the garden includes numerous flowering plants that feed many species of butterflies. Erin’s design also included the construction of two benches (one adult size and one sized for the younger set) so that visitors could sit, relax, and enjoy observing what comes to the flowers.

This is the first full year of the garden and it is flourishing.  The plants are healthy and well into their bloom cycle.

Among the plants is milkweed which is an essential element for a Monarch garden, as Monarch caterpillars only feed on the leaves of milkweed.  Milkweed, however, plays a double role.  Its flowers are a food source not only for the Monarch adults but also for hummingbirds who visit the large clusters of tiny flowers for the nectar.  If you are lucky you’ll get to see some of these incredible birds, along with a variety of butterflies.

We invite you to visit the garden, sit and observe the garden and the animals it attracts.  You reach the garden by following the short path which starts on the north side of the parking lot (the same side as the Nature Center entrance sign).

Click on the image below to see some of the flowers in bloom now (July 1) or which are just about to be in bloom in the upcoming weeks.

milkweed-monarch


 

SPRING Programs for Youth and Adults

2018 Program Guide


Winter may linger a bit but Spring is definitely “March”ing in.   To keep your children both mentally and physically active during this transitional season, enroll them in some of the fun and educational programs available through the Long Grove Park District.  And, don’t forget yourself – checkout the family and adult offerings as well.

New programs are starting the first two weeks of April – After School Yoga, Fencing, Chess, Engineering for Kids, Tot Rock/Kid Rock, Soccer and Family Book Club.

Opportunities include short and long term programs.  Many have flexibility in scheduling to meet your needs and family vacation schedule.

All of the 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.

Youth Hockey Drill

Activities include Ice Skating, Hockey, Tennis, Fencing, Yoga and educational programs including  Chess, Engineering for Kids and Family Book Club.

Registration information is included in the program guide.

Chessboard with player's hand

 

An important note: Each of the programs requires a specific minimum number of registrants in order to be offered.  Registration for each program closes 3 days prior to the start of the program.  Programs will be cancelled unless an adequate number of registrations have been received 3 days prior to the starting date.

To view the entire schedule and to register, please click on the link below.

 


 

New Long Grove Resident to the Rescue

…The shingles were falling like leaves in a late fall rainstorm.

That was the situation last winter for the Long Grove Park District’s equipment garage at Reed-Turner Woodland. The District recognized that a new roof was essential to protect the structural integrity of the garage and its contents.  The question was how to fund the repairs.  We decided to include the garage roof as one of our “wish list” items in our annual December donation request letter to the community.

Peter Czaja

Peter Czaja

As everyone wishes, Santa actually arrived – in the form of Peter Czaja, a new resident of Long Grove.

 

 

 

Peter, the owner of WMRoofing and Construction in Rivergrove, called the Park District office just before Christmas and asked if we still needed a new roof.  We of course said yes.  He offered to donate one to the Park District.   Peter says “I believe in giving back to the community and this is something that I can do.”

So, on a beautiful spring day with the wildflowers in bloom, the Woodland was filled with some unusual

New roof underway.

New roof underway.

sounds of hammers and staple guns as Peter’s crew removed and replaced the garage roof with new shingles selected to both blend in with the roof of the adjacent Nature Center and to last a looong time!

With the roof done by the end of the day, Long Grove Park District President Jane Wittig was very happy as she thanks Peter for the excellent work.

Peter + Jane + Roof

Park District President thanks Peter for the great work

 


 

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.


 

Let it Flow – Unjamming Logjams

Longview Meadow

The Park District received a Lake County Stormwater Management Commission matching grant for 2016. Essentially, the grant deals with rain.  When it rains where does the water go? Much of it runs off your yard and driveway into ditches and culverts and then into a stream such as Indian Creek.  This and the other streams in the Long Grove area empty into the Des Plaines River and, after a long journey, reach the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.   Sometimes this journey faces obstacles such as the 21 logjams currently impeding the flow of Indian Creek across the Long Grove Park District’s 57 acre Long View Meadow wildlife habitat area at the corner of Rts. 22 and 83. Long View Meadow is a significant migrating bird site.  Over 160 species of birds have been spotted there in the last year.

Read more about the effects of these logjams on the habitat.


 

Santa Came and the Visitors Brought Gifts

Santa+2 KidsWhile Santa listened to the Wish Lists of his many visitors, the visitors also brought  gifts for those who might otherwise be missed on Christmas.  As the families streamed in, the stack of gifts under the tree for the needy grew steadily.  All of the toys have been delivered to Toys for Tots for distribution in the area.

 

The Park District thanks all of our guests for their generosity.  While we ask for “an unwrapped toy” (singular), many of the guests brought bags of toys.

Image of Christmas Tree with Donated Gifts

Giving Tree

As Santa left, he said that he looks forward to his next stop at Reed-Turner in December of 2016. Check the web site as Christmas approaches for the exact date and time. We hope both our regular visitors and newcomers will join the fun.