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Unless stated below, all programs originate or are held at the South Barrington Park District.

3 Tennis Club Lane

South Barrington, IL

To view 2022 programs, click below.

2023 Programs

January 5

Hands-on Project

Forcing Bulbs

Meet: Park District - Banquet Hall

9:30 am meet and greet

Meeting starts at 10:00 am

Want to bring a touch of spring to your home before it actually arrives?  Join us and learn how to force spring bulbs and take home your own container.

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February 2

Presentation: Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh

"Be an Herbal Gourmet"

Marcy is the creator and owner of Backyard Patch Herbs, an online purveyor of salt-free, gluten-free, preservative-free herb cooking and tea products.

Learn how to make your cooking more interesting, delicious and enjoyable. Demonstrations include how to create herb mixtures to replace salt in food, techniques for infusing vinegar, sugar, compound butter and herb paste. Discussion of herbs and samples included

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March 2

Slide Presentation: James rowan

"Exploring the Rain-forests

Rain-forests contain the most diverse plant and animal life of all the world’s ecosystems. In this program we’ll meet colorful poison dart frogs, insects that look like leaves, bats that make tents and butterflies that rival the most beautiful wildflowers with their vivid color.

Jim has a degree in natural science from Northeastern Illinois University and has been associated with North Park Village Nature Center in Chicago, Northwestern University and the Ft. Dearborn Audubon Society. He has lectured to many organizations and schools over the past 25 years.  He will show us some of the rain-forests' wonders.

April 2

Make it Take it

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Back by popular demand Peggy Garvin will lead us in creating our own spring arrangement for our home.  Or if you are traveling and don't want an arrangement, you may simply watch. There will be a cost associated with this project if you are making an arrangement.  We will let you know at the March meeting the exact cost.

Peggy has been a florist for over 40 years and has owned Garvin Gardens since 1985. Garvin Gardens does flowers for weddings, parties, funerals and special occasions. Peggy also does interior plantscaping and some gardening projects. She has been teaching floral design classes for 28 years.

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May 4, 2023


"Women of Natural History"

by Kim White

 Meet women pioneers that made significant contributions to our understanding of the natural world. From Queen Hatshepsut (1479-1458 B.C.) to today, learn how their passions in botany, entomology, ornithology, paleontology, art, and literature advanced the field of Natural History.

Kim has had a lifelong interest in the natural world. She spent 19 years associated with Brookfield Zoo’s Education Department as both a volunteer and employee teaching school groups. She is a naturalist, a former co-steward for the DuPage County Forest Preserve, education coordinator for the DuPage Monarch Project and avid gardener for both food production and habitat creation.


Field Trip

Stillman Nature Center

A nature walk through South Barrington's nature center lead by Mark Spreyer, Executive Director of Stillman Nature Center.  The center is a home for raptors that cannot be released into the wild for various reasons.  We will see where they are housed, get close and personal with some and tour the center.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 

As parking is limited, please meet at the Park District and carpool to the center located on Penny Road in South Barrington.

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