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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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River to Rail Ride
Saturday, September 19

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 7:30am
Register today for a bike ride through the picturesque Middle Fork River valley on our second annual River to Rail Ride. Enjoy a great BBQ lunch and music by The Young and Fretless after your ride this year!

Education Expo
Thursday, September 3

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2-7pm
Come explore what the Champaign County Forest Preserve has to offer for homeschoolers, scouts, 4-H groups, and more! Drop in for mini sessions, discovery kits, educational crafts and raffles. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. FREE! (217) 896-2455 or See the schedule for the night.

School's Out:
The Grand Prairie

Monday September 7
Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 11am-3pm
Did you know that the nickname for Illinois is the Prairie State? Come out to the Interpretive Center to do some fun family crafts and activities all about the natural life of The Grand Prairie. During this day you can dress up like a bison, discover the depth of prairie plant roots, craft a coyote, and much more! After the indoor fun, make sure to go outside to take a hike down Prairie Path to learn all about the fascinating prairie that once covered central Illinois. FREE! (217) 896-2455 or

Lake of the Woods Golf Course
Register now:
Merchandise Scramble
September 27

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Playscape Monday
Mondays, June 1 – August 31

Natural Playscape
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
12:30 – 1:30pm

Join us for Playscape Mondays, each Monday from June 1 to August 31! A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal! Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or
Lake of the Woods Boat Rentals
May 23-September 7

Rent a pedal boat and enjoy the lake from a different view! $6 for 30-minutes.

Rt. 47 Construction Project
Road construction continues along Rt. 47 this week. One planned project is the excavation for the bike path along Lake of the Woods property.

Reminder that the bike path crossing at Buffalo Trace and Lake of the Woods is temporarily closed during this construction project.