~* CRAB TREE NATURE CENTER! *~



"CRAB TREE NATURE CENTER" is a cool little place, it has a very special charm! It's a wonderful little nook in the Northwest Cook County Forest Preserves.

MEETING PLACE AND TIME: The Nature Center opens at 8am, We can park in their lot and gather together in front of the Nature Center Building at 8:00am and go in at 8:15am. It is pretty easy to find.

THE PLAN: We'll go for a morning walk around their pond and through the woods to the lake or there's a trail through the Savannah for those desiring a longer walk in a more open area. We'll hit it in the sun's morning glow... Perfect!!!

DISCRIPTION OF THE AREA: They have Lakes and Water Fowl as well as other Migrating Birds, in the Wetlands, Woods, and Savannah,  It's a really neat place... It's glacier formed landscape has more than a thousand acres set aside for educational purposes. This is a great place for your Macro lenses and Telephoto lenses!!!

BIRDS: They also give housing and feed a few rescued Raptors (unable to fly), on the west side of the Nature Center, outside... They do feed them mice and other goodies! It is very interesting to watch if you are there during a feed. We can try and find out when they plan to feed them, perhaps we'll get lucky!

Crabtree is very popular for birding. A total of 263 bird species have been recorded to breed on the property. We should be able to see Blue Heron and White Egrets in both the pond and the lake, and they are also seen in the wetlands. Numerous ducks and geese varieties occur in spring and fall on Crabtree Lake.

WILDLIFE: There is plenty of wildlife to observe as well as turtles at this time of year laying their eggs, and plenty of frogs, and other little creatures for our Macro delights!

Early Spring wildflowers carpet the forested areas, and in the Summer months, the prairie area is in bloom.

They also have an exhibit building with some interesting goodies and the self-guiding, educational trails enable you to enjoy the wildlife and native plants and to learn of the vital relationships in nature which allow all of us to survive on this earth God's special gift to us!

I can hear the frogs calling us now!!! Come and join us!!!

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*** IMPORTANT: Please Note the Rain Date: Is "Sunday 7/13", you will be notified if the weather looks bad for that area and if we need to reschedule. Please check our site for any changes if you are questioning the weather! Thank You!!!


LOCATION:

Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road
Barrington, IL 60010

Entrance is on Palatine Rd., one mile west of Barrington Rd., or one-half mile east of Algonquin Rd. (Route 62), Barrington. SEE YOU THERE!!!

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  • Sandi

    It was great hanging out with everyone!!! I Cant wait to see everyone's pictures!!! I got a couple I need to work on and post too!!!

    July 13

  • Helen H

    Thanks Sandi for organizing. Awesome place, despite the bugs. I am going back in the fall and the spring.

    July 12

  • Sandi

    Hey All, I'm here! Getting stuff out of car! Anyone else here???

    July 12

  • luo

    It sounds like a great place! Can't make it today. Hope I can catch next one. Looking forward to the photos. Have fun!

    July 12

  • Stella L.

    I'm in... What's a little rain!

    July 12

    • Sandi

      Right on!!!! lol

      July 12

  • Sandi

    Weather still shows 50% chance of rain at 9:00am. So that's 50% no rain!!! I'm still going to give it a shot!!! Its a small place so we can always duck in the nature center for a few mins if needed... or get a cup of coffee nearby for a few... if you do decide to stay home pls update your RSVP! Thank You!

    1 · July 12

    • Jenny R

      I am not going to make it.

      July 12

    • Sandi

      Ok Jenny change your rsvp if u haven't yet so I can get an idea of who's coming! Thanks!

      July 12

  • Sandi

    Hey All, I had so much happening this morning I may be a few min late....sorry. We are on our way!

    July 12

  • Sandi

    Hey Folks, we have a chance of rain on both days so I will leave it on for Saturday! In Barrington there is a 50% chance of rain at 8am but after that it looks alright for a couple hours. I'll give it a try!!!

    July 11

    • Helen H

      Hey Sandi! I will see you there!

      July 11

    • Sandi

      Ok Helen, should be fun! Hope we get a few dry hours!!!

      July 12

  • Ana F.

    Unfortunately I can't go on the 12th. On the next one for sure. Have fun.

    July 10

  • Wendell R.

    I hate to miss this! Have plans this Sat, but looking forward to when you return here. I would even go during the week if you schedule the meetup then:)

    1 · July 9

    • Sandi

      Ok Wendell, our next meetup will be posted soon!!! ☆☆☆It's going to be fun!!!

      1 · July 10

    • Wendell R.

      Thanks, Sandi...:)

      July 11

  • Sandi

    I'm getting our next meetup ready!!! It will be July 26th!!! Save the day on your calendars!!!

    1 · July 10

  • Sandi

    Diana, Linda, glad you gals can make it to Crab Tree!!! Should be fun!!!

    July 10

  • Linda F

    Sorry - a conflict has come up and we will not be able to attend on Saturday. :(

    1 · July 9

    • Sandi

      Ok Linda, lets hang out soon! Dinner?

      July 10

  • George B.

    Can't make this one will be in Decorah Iowa shooting Bald Eagles.

    1 · July 8

    • Sandi

      Hey George! You're havin too much fun moonlighting! Hope to See ya at the next Gig! We miss ya!

      July 9

  • Robin S.

    Hi sorry I cant make it next Saturday have prier plains I just got back hiking in Vermont we definitely have more mosquitoes here I didn't even use bug spray, but way to hot and humid. Have fun maybe next time.
    Rob

    2 · July 6

    • Robin S.

      I will as soon as I resolve some computer issues hopefully by Friday.

      1 · July 8

    • Sandi

      Sounds good Robin!

      July 9

  • Natalie N.

    We are going to miss this event but I checked the website and we'll probably go check out Crabtree on our own at a later date. 8am is a bit early for us - we'd have to leave home at 6:30a. ;-)

    1 · July 6

    • Sandi

      Hi Natalie, I'm sorry you cant make it. Yes it's early for everyone but you cant beat the early morning and late afternoon "Golden Hours" our best lighting for Nature Photography!!!

      July 8

    • Sandi

      We'll have to include some late afternoon shoots this summer too!!! :0)

      July 8

  • Julie P.

    Sandi: Sorry, I'm not able to make it. I would recommend bringing a can of insect repellent. The mosquitos are huge walking through the nature centers this year.

    1 · July 3

    • Sandi

      Hi Julie, sorry u can't make it. I totally agree about the bug spray!!! BRING BUG SPRAY TO CRAB TREE EVERYONE!!!

      July 4

    • Julie P.

      Looking forward to your next outing Sandi.

      1 · July 4

  • Sandi

    Hey Michael, Steve, Glad you guys are able to make it to Crab Tree! See ya there!!!

    July 4

  • Harley R.

    You asked about the fireworks, but so much is going on on that weekend, I think I'll pass on fireworks. That is what I was referring to, the fireworks.

    1 · July 3

    • Sandi

      Hi Harley!!! Too busy? Well if you change your mind... The info is below.

      July 4

    • Sandi

      The Fireworks are in Spring Grove at dusk. So Lets meet at the Walgreens on Rte 12 and Winn rd in Spring Grove at 7:45pm (easy to find on web). Bring your blankets chairs and bug spray... you'll be all set!!! See you guys there!!! ☆☆☆ Happy 4th!!!☆☆☆

      July 4

  • Harley R.

    Last minute seminar I have to attend on July 12. If you could post it I would appreciate. I can't go on 3rd though.

    July 2

    • Sandi

      Hi Harley, I'm sorry. What would you like me to post?

      July 2

  • Sandi

    Does anyone want to shoot Fireworks together? Bob and I are going to Spring Groves fireworks... Their pretty nice and usually have a band and food. I'll
    find out date and time and post here if anyone wants to meet us!

    June 27

    • Linda F

      Wish we could go but we stay home with the dogs as one of them shakes at the sound of every little firework that goes off in the neighborhood on the holiday weekend.

      1 · June 28

    • Sandi

      Aweee Linda...sorry to hear about your scare-dy dog! My kitty Simba was also so scared of fireworks...I hated leaving him home alone on the 4th!

      June 29

  • Sandi

    Sandi

    Linda, Bruce, Kaushik, Jenny, looking forward to seeing you at Crab Tree Nature Center!!!

    June 28

  • Ana F.

    I would love to make it on the 12th but it all depends if Brazil will be playing on the World Cup that say or not. As we advance more, I will know. :)

    2 · June 27

    • Sandi

      Ok Ana, hope to see you!

      June 27

  • Ana F.

    That day*

    June 27

  • Tim S

    No pets are allowed.

    1 · June 26

    • Sandi

      I don't think we have too many cats and dogs in our group right now! lol ...my cat shows some interest though! ;0)

      June 27

  • Sandi

    Helen, Barbara, Really Glad you gals are coming!!!

    1 · June 26

    • Helen H

      Sandi - Looking forward to this!

      1 · June 26

    • Sandi

      Me too!!!

      1 · June 27

  • Julie P.

    Looking forward to it Sandi.

    1 · June 26

    • Sandi

      Glad you can join us Julie!!!

      June 27

  • Glenn

    Sorry, I cannot attend, I will be camping in Wisconsin.

    June 26

    • Sandi

      Have fun camping Glenn, see ya next time!

      June 26

  • Sandi

    This is one of my favorite little places!!! Hope you all can make it!!!

    June 26

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