Special Exhibits

Audubon Photography Awards

Wonders of the Wetland: Thirty-two Photos in Celebration of the Homer Lake Wetland

September 24, 2022 - April 8, 2023

Homer Lake Interpretive Center, During regular open hours

The Homer Lake wetland was nonexistent sixteen years ago and bears testimony to the vision, planning and hard work of CCFPD staff as well as the resiliency of nature as it now thrives with an astounding diversity of life. In this exhibit, Doug Mills shares his photos, along with accompanying video and website, to reveal some of the beauty and intricacy of the lives of the creatures that now depend on this habitat.


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, watch birds and wildlife at the feeders from the comfort of an indoor bench, and learn about the wildlife that call Homer Lake home.