Nature Talks at Reed-Turner Nature Center in Long Grove

  • Sandhill Crane in Lake County resident's backyard. .  Karen Zeman

    Sandhill Crane in Lake County resident's backyard. . Karen Zeman

Updated 8/23/2019 8:12 AM

Long Grove Park District's Summer Nature Presentations were so well received, that the park district has added more nature presentations for this fall. These one-hour nature talks are given by the Lake County Forest Preserve Environmental Education staff, and are held at Reed-Turner Nature Center in Long Grove.

In the Sandhill Cranes presentation, you will learn about such things as crane biology, habitat requirements and where you can find Sandhill Cranes in Lake County. This prehistoric bird has been around for over two million years! Through restoration of their nesting and feeding habits, the cranes' population has increased in Lake County. This program is Tuesday, September 10th from 1pm to 2pm.


The Coyotes & Other Canines of Lake County program reveals the natural history and special adaptations of coyotes and other canines in Lake County through experiences with natural artifacts. Did you know that coyotes' have a remarkable sense of smell? And, their sense of sight and hearing are also pretty exceptional. This program is Thursday, October 10th from 1pm to 2pm.

Finally, the Mammals of Lake County presentation will expand your knowledge of the mammals living in Lake County, including fox, coyotes, groundhogs, squirrels, beavers and otters. You will learn about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores, along with different mammals' life spans, family lives and special adaptations. This presentation is Tuesday, November 12th from 1pm to 2pm.

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

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