Tucked away in Glenview, just 15 miles outside of Chicago, is The Grove, a 145-acre outdoor history and nature museum with diverse ecosystems, a trail system, preserved homes and educational opportunities for young minds. Originally the home of the town's first pioneer, the horticulturist Dr. John Kennicott who settled with his family on the land in 1836, today The Grove is a National Historic Landmark that gives a glimpse into a different way of life in America. Families have the chance to explore the oak forest and wetlands where nature thrives, or can head to one of the many restored buildings on the property that engage in living history demonstrations with costumed characters and opportunities to see what a 19th century one-room schoolhouse looks like or engage in chores in an authentic log cabin. There's also a strong focus on Native American culture with teepees and a longhouse outfitted with fur pelts and a giant fire pit where children can learn about how the earliest settlers lived and the immense influence they had in the community. The Interpretive Center is also another point of interest, with living organisms like a pool of turtles, birds and snakes, as well as fossils and other hands-on artifacts in the building's Natural Science Classroom that shed light on the dynamic ecosystem that today still is a major part of the land's uniqueness. In fact, The Grove is a partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Chicago Wilderness. In addition to the year-round offerings, The Grove also has a series of special events including Civil War re-enactments, Pioneer Days, arts and craft fairs and workshops for both adults and kids. Find info at www. glenviewparks.org/thegrove.