Category: Trails and Forest Preserves

218. Family Planting Day with the Barrington Area Conservation Trust

 Help teach your kids how important it is to protect and preserve our open land with the first ever Family Planting Day hosted by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust this Saturday, September 21st.  They’ll reserve a plot of land just for your family to plant at Pedersen Preserve across from Barrington High School and all you have to bring are your gardening gloves and some helping hands from your own families.
Family Planting Day is happening from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, September 21st.  You’ll find the Pedersen Preserve at Hart & Lake-Cook Roads across from BHS.
With a tax-deductible donation of $100, you will receive a planting area just for your family plus native plantings and supplies to help sustain the new vegetation as it takes root. You will also receive a plaque to decorate, marking your family’s plot and they will be taking photos of your families to give you, in thanks for your contribution.  The donation also includes a 1-year membership to the Barrington Area Conservation Trust so you can be a part of their ongoing efforts to preserve the open spaces and natural resources in and around Barrington.
Here’s the schedule of activities they have planned for Family Planting Day……

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180. Ride Hogwarts Express & Tour the Train Lady’s Railway Gardens

 The Train Lady is opening the doors of her private property tomorrow, June 23rd, to let the public view her amazing train garden railways and she has some exciting new highlights planned for this year. If you’ve never seen her gardens, you do not want to miss this awesome opportunity to experience something really special and only found right here in North Barrington. Train Lady, Elaine Silets, has been hosting tours of her property once a year since 1990, but this year she’ll be introducing us all to some very special guests.
Elaine designs model railroad gardens for a living and your jaw will drop when you see the garden scenes she’s created in her own back yard. It’s 10 luscious acres she calls Gardens at Wandering Tree.
The grounds are covered with gorgeous flowering gardens, laced with miniature tracks and spotted with whimsical model train vignettes.
One of many highlights is the Glorée & Tryumfant Garden Railway, complete with 6,000 square feet of waterfalls, streams, lakes, bridges, trestles, city and country scenes.  And Elaine is raving about her roses this year, “I don’t know what happened to the roses, but I think they got hormones from this weather.  They’re absolutely gorgeous!”
Her gardens are stunning, but one of my kids’ favorite features is Elaine’s train which carries children as passengers and circles around her drive. It’s called “Hogwarts Express” and tomorrow it’ll be the hottest ticket in town!
More details on her gardens in a minute, but first, here’s what’s new this year……

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164. Hitch a Ride to Barrington Cruise Nights, 2012

 We’ve waited all year, but the day has finally come! The 9th annual season of Cruise Nights and one of the most popular weekly attractions returns to downtown Barrington TONIGHT. The Village of Barrington’s first Cruise Night of 2012 was rained out last Thursday, which was supposed to be “Chevy Night”. So get ready for a double header tonight with Chevys and Exotic Cars taking the Cruise Night spotlight.

There are 13 Thursday Cruise Nights scheduled to take place in Barrington this summer and each week has a different theme.  Fans vote for their favorite cars in the weekly theme and the winners get “People’s Choice Award” plaques, a picture of their car on the Village of Barrington’s website and bragging rights for the entire month!  To get revved up for the new season of Cruise Nights, I picked a good old song with some great driving lyrics as a little background music for this post.  Can you guess what it is?
I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel.
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel.
It’s my baby callin’, says I need you here.
And it’s a half past four and I’m shiftin’ gear…
To get your motor running, be sure to play the video below before your read on……

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145. KIDS CLUB: Brand New Barrington Area “Kids Fest”

 There’s a new event happening in Barrington tomorrow that’s all about encouraging kids to get outside, explore nature and have a blast while breathing fresh air.  Three local organizations are coming together to host the first ever Barrington Kids Fest at Citizens Park and they have a long list of exciting outdoor activities planned for the day.

This is the first year that the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District and the Leave No Child Inside initiative of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas are joining forces to create a unique Barrington Area Kids Fest.  They’ve decided to combine the 11th annual Community Kite Fly and the 2nd annual Family Nature Fest to form one all-encompassing outdoorsy festival and it’s totally FREE and open to all kids and families in the community.
A ton of local groups, organizations and businesses are supporting the event to provide families with action-packed recreational and educational activities designed to get everyone moving and active.  In addition to your kites, be sure to bring your bikes this year. One of the tomorrow’s highlights will be a family bike adventure through Cuba Marsh led by Barrington cyclist, Bob Lee……

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Family Nature Fest in Barrington, Illinois

23. Explore Citizens Park at Family Nature Fest

 Want to get outside and explore nature with your kids tomorrow? There’s a full schedule of exciting activities planned for all ages during Family Nature Fest from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21st at Citizens Park in Barrington.

There will be an interactive fitness trail set up for tomorrow’s festival, along with exciting fitness-themed games, activities and classes. Everything is designed to encourage kids and their families to turn off the TV and instead get outside with nature, have fun and get fit.…

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Citizens for Conservation Fundraiser at Norge Ski Club

227. Pre-holiday Stress Buster at Norge Ski Lodge

 Now here’s a cozy way to kick off the holiday shopping season! Citizens for Conservation is hosting party tomorrow, November 14th, where you can shop for gifts, play Texas Hold’em, sip fine wines, sample great foods and socialize with friends alongside a roaring fire at Norge Ski Club. The dress code is casual, but ski sweaters are encouraged and we’re all invited.…

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Ignite the Night Bonfire Festival in Barrington Hills

174. “Ignite the Night” Fall Bonfire Festival & Cookout

 There’s a super cool fall festival happening in Barrington Hills this weekend, so I wanted to give you the scoop and make sure you have plenty of notice.  It’s the 4th Annual “Ignite the Night” bonfire festival hosted by the Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County.

The nighttime festival will take place this Saturday, September 25th, between 5 and 10PM within the Barrington Countryside Park District at the Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Barrington Hills.…

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