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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.

Phone: (217) 586-3360 | Fax: (217) 586-5724 | Email:

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Sunset Paddle
Thursday, August 6

Walnut Hill Boat Launch, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 7 – 8:30pm
Learn who comes out when the sun goes down as we explore aquatic life of Homer Lake via canoe. Previous canoe experience is required. All equipment will be provided; please bring water to drink and bug spray. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old; an adult must accompany children under 18. $8 per person, or $4 if you bring your own canoe.
Space is limited. Register by July 31 at (217) 896-2455

Turtle Time
Growing Up Wild: Tuesday, August 4

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11am
Nature Play Pre-K: Friday, August 7
Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11am
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Children will see up-close how turtles have hard shells, wet skin and webbed feet. We will get a chance to touch live turtles as we learn about their lives. 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 July 31; (217) 896-2455 or

Summer in the Schoolhouse
Wednesdays in July
Museum of the Grand Prairie School House, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2pm-4pm
Travel back to the 19th century and experience what going to school was like with our time-travelling school marm! Much different than today, school children in the late 19th century shared a one-room school house with all other grades, and had only one teacher! Learn interesting facts or try your hand at arithmetic – you might find that school today is not so different. FREE. For more info: (217) 586-2612 or

Lake of the Woods Golf Course
Register now:
Junior Open
July 30

East Central Illinois Junior Golf Tour comes to Lake of the Woods Golf Course on Thursday, July 30. For boys and girls 5-17 years old. Register by July 28. Registration form.

Playscape Monday
Mondays, June 1 – August 31

Natural Playscape
Homer Lake Forest Preserve
12:30 – 1:30pm

Join us for Playscape Mondays, each Monday from June 1 to August 31! A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal! Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or



Lake of the Woods Boat Rentals
May 23-September 7

Rent a pedal boat and enjoy the lake from a different view! $6 for 30-minutes.

Rt. 47 Construction Project
Road construction continues along Rt. 47 this week. One planned project is the excavation for the bike path along Lake of the Woods property.

Reminder that the bike path crossing at Buffalo Trace and Lake of the Woods is temporarily closed during this construction project.