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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.

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50 in 50 Campaign
Help Build the Next Phase of the Kickapoo Rail Trail!

The 50-Day Campaign is here. Every dollar raised leverages $4 in Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program grant funds. Donate now or start a peer-to-peer page and include your network of friends in our goal. Let's keep the momentum going!

50 days x $1,000 a day = SUCCESS!

Silly Snakes
Tuesday, November 1
Growing Up Wild

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 1011am
Friday, November 4
Nature Play PreK
Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 1011am
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! We’ll learn about how snakes live and move, and get to see one up close! 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: October 28; (217) 896-2455 or

Saturday, November 5
Families in the Forest
Homer Lake Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve

  • Main Event: 124pm
  • Shelter Building Demonstration: 2–3pm

Bring your family and friends to Homer Lake for a fall day of fun! This program will be packed with activities to get you outside and moving. Complete a scavenger hunt and learn about natural camouflage. Earn a prize during our hiking challenge as you search for a special edition letterbox. This is a drop in program, so come and go as you please. This is perfect for families or even adults without kids. FREE!. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Sunday, November 6
Lincoln Lecture Series: Be Excellent to Each Other: Laughing with Lincoln at the Movies

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 pm
While not every movie has Abraham Lincoln telling students to “party on, dudes” as Robert V. Barron’s portrayal does in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Lincoln is often presented with some measure of mirth, or comedy. Ryan Ross, from the University of Illinois, will present clips from famous cinematic portrayals to discuss these amusing moments and the greater cultural implications behind each of the featured performances. FREE! For more info: or (217) 586-2612.

Wednesday, November 16
School's Out: Turkey Time
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11am-3pm
Gobble gobble! Ever wonder why we eat turkey, stuffing, and cranberries at Thanksgiving? We’ll be learning about where it all started during this fun-filled day! Activities include a turkey craft, story, and Thanksgiving themed snack. This program is a drop in, FREE! event. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or
Any age

Saturday, December 3
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
River Bend Forest Preserve, Mahomet, 6–7:30pm
Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy and appreciate nature. The still air makes it easy to hear hooting owls or howling coyotes, and tracks are easy to find in the snow. Join us on a winter hike to enjoy breathtaking views of snowy trees and frozen ponds. Please dress for the weather. $3 per person. Registration required; (217) 896-2455 or