Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Visit to The Grove

When my kids were young, and we lived in Chicago, I longed for a bit of country. We always found it at The Grove, in Glenview Illinois.  Just a short drive up Milwaukee Avenue, we'd be transported to a beautiful prairie grove with a wonderful nature museum. That's where we took our little bird for a nature  walk.   

 The visitors center has many displays...with live turtles and snakes...fish and birds indigenous to our area.
 The grounds are beautiful...You can take a walk on the path or on a boardwalk over the water.

Double click to see the dragonfly!
Dr. John Kennicott's Grove is a National Historic Landmark.  One hundred and twenty three acres.   It's filled with history, and I see something new at every visit.

A great old oak watches over the parking lot.  Don't miss the Native American Longhouse, the one room Schoolhouse or the tour of the Redfield Estate.
What did our little one enjoy the most?  The spider webs on the porch of the visitor's center, and the two squishy snakes we bought her at the gift shop.
I was nostalgic walking the paths I walked with my own kids.  Seeing it through the eyes of a child again was such a pleasure.  Thanks to the Glenview Park District and the volunteers that protect this treasure.


Lynne said...

You are giving "little one" the best education In

Nothing better . . .

tikascm said...

In all the years that I have passed the sign that indicates the Grove - I have never taken the time to drive down their path. You have inspired me to take a nature walk into another world.