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Crabtree Nature Center Hike










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Join us at the Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington for a beautiful summer hike.
Over a thousand acres of rolling, glacier formed landscape in northwest Cook County has been set aside as Crabtree Nature Center.


From the website:

Before 1830, this land was clothed in forest, prairie and marsh, but then people brought rapid change to the countryside. Prairies were plowed to grow crops; timber cut for fuel and building material; marshes drained for farming or dredged to make lakes. Since its purchase in the mid-1960′s by the Forest Preserve District, Crabtree has been slowly returning to its natural state, through the natural process of plant succession assisted by Forest Preserve management.
With a list of over 260 species observed and at least 89 species recorded breeding, Crabtree is a haven for birds and bird watchers. Crabtree Lake hosts ducks and geese in spring and fall.
In spring wildflowers carpet the woodlands, followed by summer and fall blossoms in the meadows and prairies.

Exhibits and several miles of self-guiding 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 of ours.

Picnic facilities are available at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, 2 1/2 miles east on Dundee Road (Route 68); Shoe Factory Road Woods on Route 59; and Barrington Road Pond on Barrington Road.

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  • Jack

    Interested, but details way too sketchy for "organized event."

    August 21, 2013

    • Michelle M.

      Sorry! I'm not sure what more we can say- we meet at Crabtree Nature Center, 9am. There are multiple trails we can hike, but most often we hike the Phantom Trail! It is longer, and carries you out further into the nature area, so there are more opportunities to see birds and wildife. We have two hours to work with, and can easily perform that loop in the two hours. Feel free to bring binoculars, hiking poles, camera, whatever makes you happy and comfortable on a nature hike.

      August 22, 2013

    • Cathy V.

      Can I have you're number in case I can't find you?

      August 24, 2013

  • Jeanie

    The Phantom Prarie trail is a 2 mile trail, then it connects to the main trail which is another mile. Good views from the duck blind as well.

    While there is a lake, there is no boating allowed.

    Unfortunately, I won't have time for a tournament weekend!

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really a "Maybe" until I learn more about the event. I'll confirm when the date gets closer.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've become a has-been outdoorsman and can't hike very far or very fast anymore. How long is the hike? From the map, it looks like there's a nearby lake; is it open to canoes? If the hike is planned to be a couple of hours, can I spend that time floating around enjoying the lakeside sights? After the hike, might there be a picnic or a social gathering at a local watering hole?

    August 19, 2013

  • Jeanie

    Will ite a coyote romping in the fields, turtles sunning on the logs? So many possibilities at this great site!

    August 19, 2013

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