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Mission Statement
We conserve, preserve and restore natural areas,
We provide cultural, historical and environmental opportunities,
We provide compatible outdoor recreation experiences.

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

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Summer Day Camps
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Invasive Investigators
Saturday, April 25
Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Did you know that May is Invasive Species Awareness Month? With May right around the corner, now is the time to investigate species like garlic mustard, zebra mussels, and Osage orange. We’ll discuss how invasive species were introduced to this area and what efforts have been made to limit their spread. You’ll leave this program with plenty of knowledge and ideas on how you can help get rid of invasive species! Free. For info: (217) 896-2455 or

Archaeology Lecture Series
Sunday, April 26
Farmsteads, Communities, and Global Markets:  Winnowing Meaning from Illinois Farmsteads
Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 – 3 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Michael Gregory, DePaul University
Rural households progressed from frontier farmers to commercial agriculturists during the 19th century. The historical farmsteads of Illinois tell a dynamic story about the settlement, growth, and transformation of the state as it grew. By looking at both archaeology and history much can be told about ethnicity, the economy, transportation and shifting demographics in the 19th century. Learn about the Illinois farmstead from below the surface, literally! Free. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or

Preschool Programs for May
Nature Play PreK:Friday, May 1
Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11pm
Growing Up Wild: Tuesday, May 5
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11am
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Join us as we search for frogs and toads, listen to their calls, and learn about how they live. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. $5 per child.
Register by: April 28; (217) 896-2455 or

May Day Festival
Saturday, May 2

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1-4pm
It has been a long winter and spring is finally here! Celebrate May Day and the beauty of spring at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Experience traditions connected with celebrating the first of May, including traditional May Pole dances, spring themed crafts, music, and more! FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or 

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is Open!
Play Better Golf, Enjoy Better Service

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is now open for the 2015 season! We offer lots to choose from: play 18-holes, 9-hole Par 3, Footgolf and Simulator play until March 31!