2018 Special Exhibit

From Rail to Trail

From Rail to Trail

Open April 7–Dec 28 during regular open hours

The new Kickapoo Rail Trail has a fascinating history of uses, from the transport of goods along the CSX railroad, to public transport along a parallel electric train line called the InterUrban, to the current multi-use trail. Come explore this new exhibit to learn more!

Special Exhibit

Audubon Photography Awards Show

2017 Audubon Photography Awards Show

Open May 9-30, 2018 during regular open hours

Today’s best bird photography is a portal into the natural world, and these images from the 2017 Audubon Photography Awards will inspire and inform you. The 12 images on display were chosen from nearly 5,500 images submitted to the National Audubon Society in the Amateur, Professional, and Youth categories.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Grand Prairie

The Grand Prairie

The Grand Prairie region in Illinois spans over 30 counties and was formerly occupied primarily by tallgrass prairie, marshes, potholes, and woodlands along the rivers. This vast plain, shaped by glaciers and maintained by fire, is now one of the most important agricultural areas in the world. Explore the history of this landscape and its peoples when you visit the Center!

Life on the Prairie

Life on the Prairie

Delve deeper into the unique story of the Grand Prairie, the landscape the settlers first encountered, and the Forest Preserve District’s methods for maintaining remnants of this unique habitat on our sites. And encounter the success stories of once-rare species in Illinois, such as bald eagles, river otters, and sandhill cranes.

Homer Lake's Wildlife

Box turtle

Enjoy our aquariums with live turtles a catfish, watch birds and wildlife at the feeders from the comfort of an indoor bench, and learn about the wildlife that call Homer Lake home.