Long Grove Park District Hosts Monthly Nature Presentations This Summer

  • Hungry bird in Long Grove after a very long, cold and snowy Chicago winter and spring.

    Hungry bird in Long Grove after a very long, cold and snowy Chicago winter and spring. Courtesy of Kathy Duvall

Updated 5/30/2019 7:43 AM

Albert Einstein said, " Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." To that end, the Long Grove Park District is hosting new monthly nature presentations this summer, at the Reed-Turner Nature Center. These one-hour nature talks are given by the Lake County Forest Preserve Environmental Education staff.

In the Native Plants presentation, you will learn the difference between native and nonnative plants and the benefits of using native plants in your home landscape. Native plants are the lifeline for birds, insects and other wildlife. Over many years, they have formed a family, dependent on each other for shelter and food. Nonnative plants can disrupt this family, overcoming our ecosystem's long-standing balance of life. Discover the wide variety of native trees, shrubs, grasses and wildflowers you can use around your property to keep the ecosystem in balance. This program is Thursday, June 13th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


The Habitat Guide to Birding program reveals the fascinating lives of birds. It speaks to the importance of their habitat and why our forest preserves are crucial to their continued success. Every spring, thousands of birds migrate to Lake Country Forest Preserves to feed, rest and nest. They depend on the natural habitat of water and native vegetation that the forest preserves provide. Lake County has a long-standing commitment to preserving and restoring bird habitats. As a result, our preserves are recognized for their exemplary habitats and as premier birding destinations. This program is Monday, July 29 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Finally, the Owls of Lake County presentation talks about the eight different types of owls that can be found in Lake County throughout the year. Most of us in Long Grove have heard these mysterious creatures at night, and some have been lucky enough to see them, too. Learn about special adaptations these nocturnal animals have had to make in order to survive in the wild. Pictures and hands-on exploration of owl artifacts will bring these adaptations to life. This presentation is Monday, August 12th from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Center is at 3849 Old McHenry Road in Long Grove. The program fee is $5.00. These programs are suggested for ages 16 years old and up. For more information, call the Long Grove Park District at 847-438-4743 or email syoung@lgparks.org

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