Resources and Service Opportunities

Kits and Resources

Illiniwek Discovery Kit

Touch a brain-tanned hide and a bison bone, learn what wampum is and more! This Discovery Kit focuses on the history and culture of Native Americans who once lived throughout Central Illinois.

People and Animals From Illinois’ Past

Learn about prehistoric mammals, extirpated animals, and Native Americans and their relationship with nature. Our loan kit includes mammoth and mastodon tooth and hair replicas, Native American games, replica pottery, and natural items used by Native Americans.

fishing Poles

Borrow a rod and reel from the Homer Lake Interpretive Center for free! Kids age 16 and under are not required to have a fishing license.

Self-Guided Trail Brochures

These brochures include detailed trail maps, photos, and information about the flora and fauna that await you on the trail!

Aquatic Invasive Species Loan Box

This loan box was developed to make learning about aquatic invasives hands-on and interactive. It contains aquatic invasive specimens, activities, and information on Illinois invasive species.

Bird Adaptation Loan Box

Birds have different types of beaks, eggs, and feet to adapt to their unique lifestyles. Our loan kit includes replicas of bird skulls, eggs, and tracks, as well as hands-on activities. Provided in partnership with the Champaign County Audubon Society.

Insect Backpack

Do you want to look for insects but don’t know how or don’t have the tools? Borrow an Insect Backpack! Each backpack contains a how- to guide, insect nets, bug boxes, insect guides, and much more.

Nature Discovery Backpack

Each pack contains activities to complete along the trail as well as educational equipment such as binoculars, pond dipping tools, identification books, and magnifiers.

Garmin GPS units

Use these handheld devices to search for geocaches, or track the distance, speed, and route of your hike.

Service Opportunities

If your scout group is looking for a service-learning opportunity, look no further than the Champaign County Forest Preserves! Examples of successful collaborations include group cleanups, building projects, bat boxes, bridges, and the Sangamon River Forest Preserve ADA-accessible viewing area! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kristin Tetzlaff, to design the right service project for your group!

For more information, please contact or (217) 586-3360.