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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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To Grandmother's House We Go!
Saturday, December 5
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-5pm
Join us for a favorite annual program and see the museum decorated for the holidays! Visitors can make, wrap, and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends, including popcorn garland, chromolithograph ornaments, and more! We will also feature period-authentic carolers performing songs from the 19th century! FREE! Registration encouraged: (217) 586-2612 or

Homer for the Holidays
Saturday, December 12
Salt Fork Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2-4pm
There’s no place like Homer for the holidays! Join us for a natural approach to creating unique holiday gifts. Stations will be set up for children to make, wrap, and take home presents and ornaments for their families and friends. You can also help us create treats to decorate the trees outside of the Salt Fork Center as our gift to the wildlife that call this preserve home. FREE! (217) 896-2455 or

Winter Day Camp: Ice Age
December 21, Elks Lake Pavilion
Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10am-2pm
December 22, Salt Fork Center
Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10am-2pm

It may be chilly now, but can you imagine Illinois covered with over a mile of ice? Learn all about the glaciers that were once here through chilling experiments, discover the amazing animals that thrived in Illinois during the Ice Age with awesome activities, “dig up” the secrets of paleontology through your own excavations! For 2nd-5th graders. $15 per child. Registration required: (217) 896-2455 or

Register by Monday, December 14

Playground Removal
After years of close monitoring, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District will be closing and removing the small wooden play structure near the Rotary Hill Shelter at the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, Illinois.  The closure will be effective immediately and removal is scheduled by the end of 2015. The decision comes after a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and other staff members noted that the structural stability of the playground is at risk due to deterioration of the wooden components. The play equipment is approximately 40 years old. 

Other, newer play equipment at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve such as the playground near the HI Tower is not affected and will remain open to visitors. At this time there is no plan to replace the wooden structure with new equipment.

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