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Mission Statement
We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves.

Phone: (217) 586-3360 | Fax: (217) 586-5724 | Email:

Plight of the Monarch
Thursday, October 2

Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 7 – 8 p.m.
Where have all the monarch butterflies gone? Come join us as we examine their amazing lifecycle, understand the reasons behind their declining numbers, and figure out ways to reverse this trend. During this presentation, guest presenters Cindy and Kirby Pringle will have a special viewing of their 22-minute monarch documentary, “Plight of the Monarch” and answer questions. Registration required; $2 per person. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 11
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods,
4 – 7 p.m.
Spooky stories and autumn activities await you at the Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Harvest Festival! Enjoy the fun traditions of the season, including pumpkin carving and decorating, scarecrow making, open fire cooking, and spooky (but family-friendly) stories! $2 per person, children 2 and under free. Registration encouraged. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or

Check out what Lake of the Woods Golf Course has to offer now - Footgolf! Grab your argyle socks and cap and hit the greens!

Preschool Programs
Growing Up Wild
First Tuesday of Month at Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m.
Nature Play Pre-K
First Friday of Month at Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.

2014 Schedule

Middle Fork River Detour
Work begins Monday, May 12 on a bridge south of the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve entrance. The road will be closed through completion of the bridge in October. If headed there, please use alternative routes shown here.