Special Exhibits

Audubon Photography Awards (Opens March 6!)

Audubon Photography Awards

Wednesday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 27
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, During Regular Open Hours

Today’s best bird photography is a portal into the natural world, and these images from the Audubon Photography Awards will inspire and inform you. The twelve images on display were chosen from nearly 8,000 images submitted to the National Audubon Society in 2018 in the Amateur, Professional, and Youth categories.

More Than Migration: Monarch Butterflies Bring Us Together

April 6 – Dec 31
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, During Regular Open Hours

Monarch Butterflies Bring Us Together

What is your connection to monarch butterflies? Monarch butterflies bring us together in many ways. To many people, butterflies symbolize the common human experience of transformation and new beginnings. In addition, monarchs link two countries on their annual migration, and la mariposa monarca is often incorporated into Dia de los Muertos celebrations. During World War II, U.S. civilians mobilized around milkweed plants to support the war effort. Today, citizen scientists track monarchs, and volunteers raise butterflies that will travel thousands of miles to a land they may never see. Learn more at this year’s exhibit!

Exhibit Opening:
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the new exhibit and pick up free milkweed seeds
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hands-on monarch activities and crafts
• 2 p.m. Enjoy a presentation by Janet Townsend, president of the Ford Iroquois Master Gardeners

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.