Step into the past at The Grove , a unique outdoor history and nature museum . Venture out on trails through mature oak forests and wetland pools . Join costumed docents on a History Tour to interpret the story of Native American tribes who lived on this land and the settlers who followed them and the tremendous impact they had on this community and beyond .
THE GROVE HISTORY
The Grove was the home of visionary horticulturist and educator Dr . John Kennicott who brought his family from New Orleans to settle on this land in 1836 . It was here that Dr . John ’ s son Robert Kennicott developed his love of nature that led to such accomplishments as exhibiting his plant and animal specimen collections at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington , D . C ., founding the Chicago Academy of Sciences and the exploration of Russian America that led to the purchase of Alaska .
The Grove was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U . S . Department of the Interior in 1976 . It is on the National Registry of Historic Places .
THE GROVE EXPERIENCE
A visit to The Grove offers many opportunities for historical , educational and environmental enjoyment .
Available to the public year-round :
• Learn about native plants , animals and the environment at the Interpretive Center .
• Connect with nature and history through workshops and hands-on programs for all ages .
• Find gifts for the nature enthusiast at the Grove Store , located in the Interpretive Center . Open daily , 10 am-4 pm .
• Walk the winding nature trails , rich in flora and fauna .
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The Interpretive Center M-F : 8 am-4:30 pm Weekends : 9 am-5 pm
Grounds / Trails Daily : dawn to dusk
Buildings Open to the public 11 am-3 pm every Tu , Th , Sa and Su , June 12-August 19
• The Kennicott House & Archives
• Log Cabin
• One-Room Schoolhouse
• Native American Longhouse
• Attend a wedding or host a party at the historic 1929 Redfield Estate .
• Enjoy unique annual community events and festivals . ( Visit glenviewparks . org for a complete list )
• Volunteer to help preserve this remarkable site .
• Visit the historic Kennicott house during our public tour hours from 11 am to 3 pm on weekends
Open seasonally to the public and during special events , and available for school and group programming :
• Tour the restored 1856 Kennicott House built by Dr . John Kennicott . Docents offer hands-on activities and interpretation .
• Perform pioneer chores in an authentic Log Cabin .
• See how Potawatomie really lived in the Native American Longhouse .
• Visit a replica of the original Grove One-Room Schoolhouse .
• Housing a collection of over 28,000 original documents and artifacts , the Kennicott Archive Building is used for special programs and research projects .