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Mission Statement
We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves.

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

Take Me Fishing
Saturday, July 26
Boathouse Peninsula, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 101 N. Lake of the Woods Rd, Mahomet, 9 – 11 a.m.
Bring your family and friends out to the forest preserves for some free fishing fun! Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, the Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award! Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children is required. All activities are FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Yoga on the Hill
Saturdays, August 2 – August 30

Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Rd, Homer,
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Guest yoga instructors will lead this weekly program for adults. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and a water bottle. Registration is not required. $5 suggested donation. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or Please note that programs may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Museum Mondays
June 2 - August 25
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Come learn about fun and exciting topics each Monday during the summer at the Museum of the Grand Prairie. Full Schedule

Preschool Programs
Growing Up Wild
First Tuesday of Month at Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m.
Nature Play Pre-K
First Friday of Month at Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.

2014 Schedule


River to Rail Ride
A Fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail
With the Champaign County Forest Preserve District & the Vermilion County Conservation District More information


Campground Naturalist Programs
at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Campground, 3485 CR 2700 E, Penfield, Time varies
Each weekend, the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. Schedule

Middle Fork River Detour
Work begins Monday, May 12 on a bridge south of the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve entrance. The road will be closed through completion of the bridge in October. If headed there, please use alternative routes shown here.