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Winter Programs at Crabtree Nature Center

Activities and events for the whole family to enjoy beginning in January.

Winter Programs at Crabtree Nature Center


January 2013

Eeewwhh! That’s Gross!

 Discover the secrets of scat, and explore some disgusting habits of our local wildlife.|Sunday, January 6, 1 pm


***Watercolor Painting

 Start painting with watercolors in this fun class and be amazed at what you can do! Taught by artist Denise Peters. Registration is required, limited attendance, 12 yrs. & up. |Saturday, January 12, 1 pm


Buckthorn Bonfire

 Come on out and join the staff in removing one of our most invasive shrubs, and then warm up by the fire. Don't forget to bring your favorite work gloves. | Sunday, January 13, 11 am - 2 pm


 Winter Wonders Scavenger Hike

 Join a naturalist on a winter walk through the woods. We’ll look for tracks, listenfor birds and feel the soft study furs of animals that are found in this region. What will you see, hear, or feel on this seasonal scavenger hike? |Sunday, January 20, 1pm


Let It Snow

Do you know snow? Take a closer look at this white wonder, make a snow catcher and sample some ice cream. Join us for some family fun. |Sunday, January 27, 1 pm


February 2013


Great Groundhog's Day

Come celebrate the only animal to have its own holiday! Find out how it got started and what makes groundhogs so great. Take home your own groundhog weather forecaster. | Saturday, February 2, 1pm


The Plant that Killed Abe Lincoln’s Mother

Celebrate our 16th president and learn how a woodland flower changed the course of history. | Sunday, February 10, 1pm


Love Is In The Air

Romance is in the air for all kinds of animals. Come hear more then go for a night hike on snowshoes (conditions permitting) and enjoy chocolate fondue by the fire. Adults Only, registration required, limited attendance. $2/person | Friday, February 15, 7 pm


***Trading Cards

Create works of art the size of baseball cards that are traded throughout the world. Taught by artist Kimberly Butts. Registration is required, limited attendance. |Saturday, February 16, 1 pm


Beaver Fever

Join us for an informative program on how the insatiable quest for fur fueled westward expansion and led to the first wildlife laws. |Sunday, February 17, 1 pm


This Old Birdhouse

Prepare for the upcoming nestingseason by constructing a birdhouse. Plans and placement suggestions will be included. One birdhouse per family. Family program. Registration required/$5 donation per birdhouse | Sunday, February 24, 1 pm


***denotes programs that are part of our Art In Nature All Through the Year Series


2013 Special Events Dates - Mark Your Calendar


International Migratory Bird Day

 Celebrate with the Prairie Woods Audubon Society members and Crabtree Staff. | Saturday, May 11, 2013



99 Years and Growing! The Forest Preserve District of Cook County turns 100 in 2014! Ick off the centennial celebration at Crabtree. | Sunday, June 9, 2013


Art in Nature

Watch artists painting along the trail, buy art, enjoy music and try your hand at watercolors, clay and sketching! | Sunday, September 29, 2013


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