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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:

Sunset Paddle
Thursday, August 7

Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Rd, Homer, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn who comes out when the sun goes down as we explore the aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Previous canoe experience is required. All equipment will be provided; please bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe.
Space is limited. Registration by phone required: (217) 896-2455.

Yoga on the Hill
Saturdays, August 2 – August 30

Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Rd, Homer,
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Guest yoga instructors will lead this weekly program for adults. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and a water bottle. Registration is not required. $5 suggested donation. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or Please note that programs may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Museum Mondays
June 2 - August 25
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Museum of the Grand Prairie

Come learn about fun and exciting topics each Monday during the summer at the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Full Schedule

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


River to Rail Ride
A Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail
With the Champaign County Forest Preserve District & the Vermilion County Conservation District More information


Campground Naturalist Programs
at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Campground, 3485 CR 2700 E, Penfield, Time varies
Each weekend, the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. 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.